A good time on and off the water on the West Coast with our crew. Beach, Babes, Beer, and Jet skis.
We recently took a little trip to da beach to kick it with the team and bunch of our friends/customers. Needless to say, it was a epic trip where we could all camp on the beach, gather together for a nice dinner, and let the after party roll deep into the night. Sit back and see why we love the people who support the brad and the wild times we have.
I packed up and left West Virginia on Wednesday to head to Maryland to do some carpentry work in Ellicott City, I made some sawdust and hit the road to Virginia beach on Thursday.
Phot By: Stephanie Sickerott
Phot By: Stephanie Sickerott
The sun was shining but the wind was crazy, Many riders were talking about the bridge being closed for hours because of the Highwinds. When I arrived the surf was small with strong off shore winds, even though it was blowing hard, a few skis were out enjoying the waves and spray.
I cruised to the hotel and met up with promoter Dan Swartz and the other free-riders arriving from all over. I was stoked to catch up with old friends and meet some new faces in the crowd, we were all psyched to share some frosty beverages and swap stories on how we were all having the typical wrench parties the week before a freeride!
I had installed a new H2O Torrent 148 pump and Skat-Trak thin blade, cutback impeller in my Rickter and was excited to get in the water and test it in the surf. Unfortunately all the wind had blown the surf pretty much flat. That didn’t stop us from going out and making the best of it, we had a fun session and my ski was hooking up and shooting roost better than ever! Now it was time to get out of the wind and wet gear, and put on some Liquid Militia threads and a hoodie. We got ready, then headed out to grab some grub and get the party started at Peabody’s nightclub. There were shuttle buses to take the riders from the hotel to the club and back so nobody had to worry about driving, very excellent! Too much fun was had at the club so we carried on back at the hotel until about 4 AM when the police came and told us to turn down the music and party, LOL!
We awoke Saturday to warmer weather and sunshine but the surf was even smaller. We ate breakfast and got on the beach. I rode a tank of fuel and had fun shredding the small stuff. After the ride we checked out the raffle where a lot of good prizes were being auctioned off.
Phot By: Asia L. Stewart
Phot By: Chris Kyttle
The promoters of WaveDaze do a raffle ever year with the items that company’s donate to the event. The proceeds go to a specific cause. This year they donated a bulletproof vest to K-9 police dog, which is probably why they took it easy on us and no one got arrested Friday night ha ha Ha!
Saturday night we went back to Peabody’s for a few drinks and to watch the Supercross races and chit chat with the crew.
Phot By: Stephanie Sickerott
Sunday was sunny and warmer with no wind and no waves, Lake Atlantic was in full effect. One of my buddies, John Francavilla talked a friend into bringing out a big boat in the afternoon to make some waves! I was already packed up so I missed out on that. All in all it was a great weekend to catch up with my freeride family on the East Coast, Liquid Militia teammate Jake Bright came out from California, some Canadians, a couple Australians and riders from all over the country rounded out the crew for this spring WaveDaze free ride this year! Can’t wait for the next ride!
Wavedaze 2017 is in the books! This year was a lot of fun and it was so good to see so many familiar faces and make some new friends as well. This year brought people from around the country, even a few from other countries like Canada and Australia and for the first time in a few years I was representing for the whole west coast!
To kick my trip if I caught a red-eye from San Diego on Thursday night and showed up to the Norfolk airport Friday morning where I got picked up by my buddy Landon and rolled on the beach shortly after!
Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx
Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx
Friday had the best waves I saw for the weekend so after I sticker-ed up the Salty Investments ski with decals I got from LM Printshop I jumped right in and rode! Then we wrapped up on the beach and I went back to the hotel where I bunked up with Chris Grace and his pops the legend Joe Grace!
Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx
Da place to be
I had a great time on the water goofing around launching straight airs and dicing it up with the NY boys Tommy Scaccianoce, James Juvet and my mates from OZ Mick Anthony and Keaton Watts! Friday Krash Industries also made a big announcement!
We are now taking $500 deposits for stage 3 kits! This is a turn key jet ski priced at just 12k USD and yes this includes either a 50 Cal, Predator or Reaper with all of the new Kavinci components including the new KV 997, 148 pump, billet handle pole, etc, etc FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT ME AT: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx
Jake Bright, fresh decals ready to rip!
The spot to be Peabody’s
Each night we went out our dinners and parties were hosted at the newly renovated Peabodies nightclub and we had a shuttle service from the hotel to the club which is always a good time!
Saturday we had some better weather than the day before but the surf went flat on us and the contest was called off but that didn’t stop everyone from getting out on the water and having a good time anyway! After we all got off the water we kicked off the raffle which is hands down one of the best in the business, just to mention a few of the items for raffle were Liquid Militia clothing, Jet Renu cleaning products, Hydroturf gifts, Dasa intake manifold, etc and they even raffled of a brand new blue billet handle pole from KAVINCI! Saturday night was the grand reopening of Peabodies after the renovations so they had a live band come into play and the entire club was open which I thought was pretty rad and a huge improvement for them.
Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx
Sunday the weather was real nice and sunny and warm but still not much for waves so a big boat was paid to come through and throw a wake which was big enough for riders to launch off of! That night we had a nice meal at this Italian joint we go to every year and then everyone hung out at the hotel and mingled for the rest of the night! it was a bummer that Shawnski couldn’t make it out!
The crew | Just about to part ways.
Monday I slept in and then woke up and got breakfast with the boys! After that I said my goodbyes to everyone still leftover and then helped Dan the event organizer get all his stuff packed up and packed out. After that Dan and I met up with our buddy Landon and we headed to the shooting range where I got to look at and even shoot numerous different guns that are totally illegal back in Cali!
The best part was when I shot the gnarliest handgun I’ve ever shot the Desert Eagle 50 caliber handgun for the first time and it kicked like a horse!! After that Dan hooked me up with a ride to the airport and I began my journey back to SoCal!
Does this gun make me look like a bad ass?
Jake and Dan | Till next time!
Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx
I just want to send a special thanks to Krash Industries for getting me to the event and making sure I had a ski to ride! Salty investments for letting me barrow your ski! Jerimiah Donges for hauling the ski to and from the event! The Graces for always treating me like family and letting me stay with them! Dan, Jen and Landon for making sure I’m taken care of every time I come out! And to all my east coast friends and everyone who came out for the event and helped make it a good time for me and everyone involved! I feel super lucky to be part of such a rad sport and a part of the freeride fam who is always looking out for one another whether you know each other or not!
Hope to see you on the beach at the next one, cheers!
Motor and Surf Scramble Documentary in Japan Liquid Militia Team Riders Zack Bright and Mark Gomez featured.
In 2016 the Motor and Surf Scramble hosted the final round of the IFWA World Tour.
With the launch of our site, we are stoked to finally release this video and share some of the action and the vibes that are pushing the sport to grow into the future.
A few pics from last nights autograph session at HB Honda in Huntington Beach, CA. 2X Motosurf World Champion, long time time Liquid Militia Team rider Mark Gomez had the chance to sign autographs with Pro Motocross racers from the HRC Race Team Ken Roczen, Cole Seely and Geico Honda Race Team Riders Jimmy Decotis and Jeremy Martin. Mark’s other sponsors Bomber Eyewear and Jet Renu were also there with display booths set up showing off the goods.
The 2016 Blowsion Surf Slam event was like none other. It just seemed like John Dady was up there looking over the entire event. This was my 5th Blowsion Surf Slam I have competed in and by far the best weather we have ever had.
Our trip started off like any Jetski trip leaving really early in the morning. Brandon Lawlor, Jeff Bolte, Nick Collens, and I had a smooth trip up until we got a few blocks from our rental house. We ended up having to put the truck in 4×4 low at 9:00pm at night after being on the road for 16 hours and wheel up a steep gravel road with big pot holes towing our toy hauler. Luckily we made it through. Our house was at the top of the mountain overlooking all of Pacific City with the most amazing views!
Lawlor’s Pacific City, OR – Beach House View
locked and loaded
Thursday morning we got to sleep in a little, got a good breakfast and had the rest of the day on the beach practicing and trying to get used to the crazy surf that us Pismo Freeriders rarely get to see. It was like a huge washing machine out at the beach. Luckily all the warm-up and practice went well, we all were able to load up the skis without having to “wrench” on any of them.
Randy Lawlor everything is set
Lawlor’s all have custom painted Daylite helmets.
Friday morning everything was kicking-off. The Blowsion crew kicked butt and all the final touches of the set up were complete. The weather was beautiful and the good vibes of the Freeride Community was in the air. After the riders meeting I was antsy to get in the water and get a little warmed up before qualifying began. The surf was bigger then I had seen in a long time and it took a little while for me to feel comfortable. My ski was loading up a little bit on the bottom end so I had Tim Tynan with TNT Performance Engineering take a look. He adjusted my carbs and she felt pretty good. I went out with Tom Scaccianoce for our qualifying round. I focused a lot on surf riding and caught a couple of waves that felt amazing. After my run I had multiple people come up to me to congratulate me on my surf riding telling me they have never seen me ride like that before. I was really nervous that I had focused too much on the surf riding and didn’t get in enough big airs for my qualifying round.
Lawlor Bros. Beach pit dialed
Qualifying rounds with Randy
On Saturday morning the results for the qualifying rounds were posted and I saw my name in first place! I was so stoked!
The weather once again was beautiful, but the surf was gone. This made me a little nervous because all the big waves that I got really good surf points for were gone. The waves were only about 2-4 feet and we’re just crumbling. My first round was against Darin Anderson. I felt like I was struggling to find waves and spent too much time searching for waves instead of just riding what was there. I knew that that kind of a performance would not be enough to beat a legend like Darin Anderson. This put me into the LCQ against Bruno Jacob who came into the competition 2nd in the world so far in points. I know that I would need to step it up if I wanted a chance to beat him. I rode really good and felt good about it. I stayed busy the entire time and knew I got a lot of good surf riding in and several good aerials. It came down to a 2-3 decision with the judges and Bruno moved on. The wild card was given to my brother Brandon and I was out in the 8th finals.
Randy Lawlor Surf Riding- Photo By: BeRad Photography
It was 4:00pm and the tribute to John Dady was starting. There was an open mic where everyone was telling stories and reminiscing about all the great times they had with John and how much he did to help Freeriding and jetskiing get where it is today. After the open mic everyone gathered in a huge circle at the water’s edge with hops and flowers. Everyone that had skis were geared up and after the circle on the beach we all ran over to our skis and went out past the break to gather in a surf style paddle-out ceremony. After everyone threw the flowers and hops into the water we all rode back into the break and did what we knew best had a good 20-minute Freeride in John’s honor. It was amazing to see all the skis in the water and all the people at the water’s edge taking part in remembering John Dady.
Sunday morning kicked-off and the ocean reminded us of John’s presence. All the flowers, wreaths, and hops that were thrown into the ocean were all washed up onto the beach. It just made you stop and think of John again.
The surf had picked back up and was bigger then ever. There were many good rounds but it always has to come down to the top 4 to go head to head and determine the 2016 Surf Slam winner. Abraham Ho and Mark Gomez were riding for 1st and 2nd. Darin Anderson and Bruno Jacob were riding for 3rd and 4th. Right after the finals we went into a big air contest. We had a big donation from Salty Investments to help with some prize money for the big air comp, half was going to John Dady’s family and the other half to the winner of big air. We went out in two groups of three riders for a 5 minute round There were some big waves out there. I had a couple big back-flips and then I saw a wave with about an 8-foot face that was throwing pretty good. I attempted my first ever back flip re-entry. It really didn’t go too well. I flat-landed really hard about 4 feet in front of the wave and then was immediately swallowed by the big wave. I had no chance. The ski was torn from my finger tips and I was getting thrown around violently by the wave. Finally I popped up out of the wave and my ski was about halfway onto the beach because it surfed the same wave all the way in. Luckily within seconds the water rescue team was at my side so I was able to grab onto the life board attached to the back of his ski and hitched a ride all the way back to my ski. The Dasa powered Free Form 2.0 was still floating nice and fired right up!
I wanted to give props to Daylite Ramsey for painting my new helmet. It came out amazing. I am very thankful for the hard work he put into the design and style of it. It came out great! Thank you!!
Daylite Ramsey painted helmet
Abraham Ho won the Pro Freeride and the Big Air. Mark Gomez came in 2nd and Darin Anderson in 3rd. As always it was a blast and amazing to see how so many riders have progressed in the past year. I can’t wait for the 2017 Surf Slam! See you there!
Grayland Open Words from the amateurs who are ripping
Grayland open 2016 was one for the books for sure! I came into this event ready to throw down. I spent days and weekends practicing with friends and my Delta Freeride Crew. We traveled to Pismo Beach, our local training spot, almost every weekend leading up to the comp putting in a lot of hours riding and working on my ski.
Pismo training sessions going down
The crew at pismo, the last trip before Grayland.
Bryan working on his skills for the Grayland.
I traveled to Washington with my girlfriend Rheanna, and my buddy Neil. We piled into our motor home and hooked up the trailer and off we went. After a 14 hour drive from Cali to our amazement, we showed up to great weather and great waves. I was pumped!
Bryshady, Rhe, and Neil ready to the hit the Grayland express.
Practice Thursday couldn’t have been any better leading me into Friday for qualifiers. I qualified 2nd on Friday which brought me to Saturday heats. I was the last heat of the day which couldn’t come any quicker. They pulled up a rookie to compete in the amateur class which allowed Sean Starr to have a by while the rest of us amateurs competed to get to the top spots.
During my first heat, I started running into ski issues. All weekend after every heat I spent hours pulling carbs off, studs out, intake, replacing gaskets and lock-tightening everything in order to get back into my heat. Thanks to Blowsion for their 12mm wrench that I used all weekend!
With the hours of working on my ski I pushed through all my heats. With Saturday ending, leading into Sunday with the same issues. After every heat my ski kept me constantly wrenching with my buddy Neal by my side. Even though my ski wasn’t running perfect, I was making it work.
I went up against Damien Morgan, we both had a great run but I ended up coming out with the win which moved me into the finals for 1st and 2nd place against Sean Starr!
I came into that heat pumped and ready to give it my all. After my friends pumped me up on the side lines I was ready to shred. I went out with huge surf and great waves. I pulled multiple flips, can flips, 1 footed flip rolls, under flips, re-entries, 180 can stabs, no hand can stabs and more. Hands down one of the best runs I have ever had.
Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa – Photo By Chris Marks
Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa | Photo By: Chris Marks
Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa – Photo By Chris Marks
I didn’t even know for one minute that Sean had ski issues. I was so focused on throwing down a solid run doing what I live for. I seen him go down once or twice and just kept putting it down to the ocean! I was pumped off my run.
Bryan Bourassa wins the amateur comp for the 2016 Grayland Open
The judges, fans, and friends came up to me and told me it was a great run, being the highest scored all weekend. The run was everything they expected for the overall win in the final for the amateur class! Nothing made me more Pumped and I appreciate everyone’s words and help.
Overall it was hands down a great weekend. Nothing but fun times and good riding.
I am now getting ready for this year 2016 Blowsion Surf Slam!! Looking forward to it and seeing everyone there!
Marissa, Zack, Sean, and Spark loaded and on the road.
This weekend was one for the books guys! Grayland open 2016 was off the hook. Starting off the trip, the legend ZB and I met up here in Orcutt my hometown nn Tuesday night to cruz for a bit and go over the mission ahead. First thing Wednesday AM Zack my home girl Marisa and I headed out to the TC Freeride shop in Paso Robles to meet up with Taylor Curtis to get the rig dialed in and ready for the road. After loading up myself, Zack Bright, Mark Gomez and Abraham Ho’s skis, gear bags, gas cans, and any other stuff we needed. We got the rig all dialed in and gassed up. We headed out of Paso on Wednesday afternoon headed for Grayland, amping to get to the event.
Pinned the whole way, switching off driving between me and Zack we drove through the night finally getting to the beach at about 11am on Thursday morning. 20hrs after leaving Paso, showing up on the beach was a great feeling to have made it safe and sound. Vibes were high, not a lot of sleep and not many people there yet but I was amping and itching to get in the water.
Sean Starr’s jet ski set up on the beach.
Sean Starr Practice Session in Pismo prior to arriving in Grayland, WA.
Nervous none the less from jumping from the rookie class last year to the am class in just a few months just barely getting flips around, I felt like I still had some major practice to do. After getting our rig unloaded and deciding to do my part to help set up the event venue was stoked to be helping such a great event. All the while, I was just itching to ride. Got a few guys together and launched the skis for a much needed squirt to wash the road trip off and get the bugs out! Time to bash some lips and huck some shit!
Sean Starr at the riders meeting 2016 Grayland Open.
Rolling around Friday morning at about 10:30 the rider meeting went down and we all went over the game plan for the contest and running heats, brackets, and heat times. yada, yada, yadda.. Then all of a sudden, I was asked to judge by Zack and Mark for Fridays heats until I had to ride my heat. That being such a rad opportunity for me all I could say was chooooooot. So yea, that was sick, I got to learn a lot about what the judges see from up top and what they are looking for. I had a rad time cruising up top with the big dogs until the amateur qualifying heats rolled around with my heat being first. I suited up, threw my helmet on, and was amping like none other. The buzzer goes off and it’s me in the first heat kicking off the am class for the weekend I threw it down and did what I do best, surf riding, wall bashing and squeezed in whatever big airs I could chuck after my 6 min heat, beached the ski and was done for the day.
Then proceeding to the rest of the days qualifying heats after the day was over the whole freeride family met up at the Cranberry Road Winery and got nice and sauced up with some good beer flowin. It was good to catch up with everybody and BS for a bit. Later in the night we all got hit with some very rough news from the Blowsion crew and the freeride fam about the passing of Blowsion owner and legend John Dady needless to say we all came together like we always do to do what we could to keep on trucking with the event.
Sean Starr Qualified 1st. He’s stoked
Saturday morning heats kicked off at about 11am and it was crunch time, it was elimination day, after the riders meeting they announced qualifying scores and the days heats. Looking at the heats paper, I had to do a double take. I qualified first in my class with a score of 64, whaaat… Going up against some serious shredders. I was freaking stoked!! and because of that I seated myself into the quarter finals. Going up against Matt Carte for my quarter final heat I scored some good waves and tuned in. They announced that I won the heat moving on to the semis yewww…
The rest of the days heats rolled on to the days end. Time to crack some cold ones with the crew and celebrate the good day. Wrapping up the night we head back to the cabin and catch some Z’s and get ready for the next day. Waking up Sunday, was sick in it’s self, I’m here, I’m riding today, I made it this far, lets get it going. Just frothing for my heats, showing up to the beach Sunday morning was nerve-racking, but I had to put that BS aside and just keep doing me and stick to my riding. In my semi heat, I ended up going up against east coast shredder Josh Bridges. Stressing in my own head knowing this dude kills it, we launched our skis and kicked off our heat. The buzzer goes off and its on! Doing what I can to get waves and put together some tricks. I look over, he’s throwing huge no handed rolls and no handed backflips and I’m like chit, time to turn on the gas. Was such a good heat, Bridges and I were killing it. I was getting some good ones out in the back sets with some solid surf riding and I managed to get a one handed roll, backflip, and underflip with some surf riding waves or 2 in-between. Then I over rotated a big flip bad in this heat. It took some time for the judges to figure out who was moving on to the final. I took the win and moved on.
I was amping so hard not knowing how I pulled it off, it was a go!!! My first am contest and I’m in the final!!! 20 minutes later it was what it all came down to, me and my good riding buddy and shredder Bryan Bourassa in the am final. We launched our boats and waited for the buzzer searching for a peak out in the back. The lollipop turns green and the final is on. I see a wave and freakin bash this thing till theirs nothing left, I pin my ski back out to get another wave on the super hollow inside section and sent a megaaa can re-entry right into the sand to my death… Within the first minute of the heat I’m down and maybe out. I come up and my lanyard is not on my ski and not on my arm I guess it decided to go for a swim haha leaving me and my ski dead in the water.
The rescue ski tried to pull me in but when hooking me up he gassed it too hard and snapped my tow rope. Once again I’m dead in the water and not able to start my ski. I sunk my boat, drifting about 1/4 mile south down the beach watching Bryan ride the rest of the heat to the top spot on the podium.
Grayland Open amateur podium top 4.
That was a bit of an upset for me, not to be able to compete in the final and battle it out with my riding mate but all in all I blew myself away with my riding. Being able to ride with these guys who are going big, killing it, and still somehow end up getting to the final and on the podium in my first go at the am class and score second place. The award ceremonies went down and I got back in the water to do what’s best when I’m pissed at myself shred out my frustrations.
I was the last one in the water at the event choooot, haha. We loaded up the rig and left the beach to West Port for a nice dinner at Bennet’s. With some good company before we all parted ways until the Blowsion Surfslam.
Quick pit stop to flush the skis.
Upon departing Grayland, our crew made a pitstop at Seven Feathers Casino and then stopping at Lake Shasta to ride and flush the skis out and let Marisa shred the new boat. The Grayland Open 2016 was one for the books for me with big learning curves to take note’s on and dial in my programming one step at a time. I’m coming in hot guys chyewwwww.
Time Lapse of painting the Freeride Helmet for Grayland Open 2016 winner of the Amateur Class By Daylite Ramsey
2016 Grayland Open Jet Ski Freeride Competition from the Pros
Brandon, Jeff Bolte, and I rode up to the 2016 Grayland Open together. We had a rather smooth trip with three skis on the bed of the truck and two on an open trailer. Josh Bridges shipped his ski to us and we hauled it up for him. We arrived on Wednesday around 5:00pm and quickly hopped into the water. The sun was out, the surf was awesome, and we all felt like it was our best day of ridding in a long time.
Grayland Open road trip for the team. Locked and stacked next stop Grayland.
Liquid Militia Team riders Brandon, Randy, and Jeff set up on the beach.
On Friday we had some great weather and a lot of qualifying to do. The waves were not really throwing to well, everyone was having a little trouble with the surf conditions. It was awesome to see all the familiar faces and also a lot of new riders that I had just meet. The rookie and amateur class looked better then ever. Everyone was pushing them selves and going huge. I had a pretty good qualifying round but I got ejected on a no handed barrel roll that looked a little worse then it felt.
Friday night we were on our way to the winery from dinner when we got the devastating news about John Dady. It came as a complete shock to the entire Freeride community. John was such a great guy and did so much to help and grow our sport.
Lawlor’s 2016 Grayland Open Rig. Truck packed, skis stacked.
Saturday morning we woke up to the good old normal GRAY Grayland. The fog was in and everything was wet. Brandon and I only hung out on the beach until 11:30am which at this point nothing had even started yet because of the fog delay.
Team selfie Thanks DAD!!
We had a family wedding to attend (2 birds one stone). We drove 4 hours south for our cousins wedding in Corvallis, OR. It was a beautiful out door wedding we had a great time catching up with friends and family.
Brandon and I arrived back to the beach Sunday morning by 10:00am to get our skis wet. Big thanks to our Dad for driving, we got to catch up on a little sleep during the drive. Sunday morning the fog was in heavy again.
There was so much to run, we had to get this comp started! We went strait into the consolation and final rounds for rookie, amateur, and sit down. The fog made it difficult to see. The judges had to pay extra attention to make sure they didn’t miss anything. Unfortunately Dan Lindgren smashed his face on the handlebars pretty bad and had to make a trip to the hospital to get checked out and glued back together. This created a little bit of confusion because Dan was running the show. The fog at this point was so bad you could barely see the ocean. The decision was made to go on with the award ceremony and hope the fog would clear enough for us to get some pro rounds in.
Randy Lawlor pumped to ride after that long drive.
Randy Lawlor doing an interview for TV at the 2016 Grayland Open.
It was great seeing some of our fellow Pismo Freeriders up on the podium.
The awards were over and the fog was in as heavy as ever. The final decision was to just do a Pro Jam. The Pro Jams are always fun, all pros went out at the same time and rode for 20 minutes. We feed off each other and push each other so it makes it a lot of fun.
When we came back in we found out the judges couldn’t tell who was who and couldn’t see anything on the back set, so there was no decision made.
As always it was an awesome time Dan Lindgren thank you for everything. Nick Foster thank you, All the judges thank you, thank you to the water rescue, and everyone else that helped make this event happen.
Zack Bright geared up
Grayland was an event I won’t forget. This is the 6th year I’ve been apart of this event and the 5th time I’ve made the drive up to south Canada (aka Grayland Washington). It really never gets easier.
This year I couldn’t get a crew together from Oside to go up and I didn’t want to drive my rig solo so I threw my ski in my truck Tuesday night and drove up to Orcutt, CA to Sean Starr’s house to help him, Marisa, and Spark drive. We woke up early and headed to Taylor’s to get the trailer and the rest of the skis to start our mission up north. We took way longer than expected and got a late start.
The drive went good and we pulled into Grayland around 11am on Thursday. Thursday was the rider clinic and check in day. We hung out on the beach and made our way back to the brand new Bogwater Brewing Co. Then made our way back to the camping grounds.
Big shout out to Neal Smith, Bryan Baroussa and Rihanna for taking me in and letting me stay all weekend in the motor home. Sorry for snoring!
Friday, we knocked out every class’s qualifying. Saturday, we moved through rounds to bring us to Sunday’s finals. Nick Barton couldn’t make it to Judge the event this year so, Chris Grace, Pete Macaffe and myself were the judges for the event (minus pro class). Big thanks to them. It went really well and utilizing nicks forward thinking scoring system, we all came to easy decisions for who advanced to the next round throughout the weekend.
Grayland Open Judging arena
Zack Bright Ski looking fresh
Saturday was a very hard day for me hearing the news that Johnny Dady Mr. Blowsion had passed away and that really put a hit on the entire weekend. We decided to carry on for him but it really affected me and a lot of us out there. Our sport lost a huge supporter and we will never forget him.
The finals went really well. Every year the amateurs and rookies really step it up, and this was no exception with addition to a lot of new riders! Honestly the entire amateur field was killing it. There were 6 guys that could win the event and every rider could podium so it was great watching them duke it out! Congrats to my LM team mates Bryan and Sean for taking 1st and 2nd.
The pro class got fogged out which was a bummer for us but in reality, the event is about the amateurs and growing the sport so I didn’t really care. Huge congrats to LM shredder Jeff Bolte for absolutely killing the masters class. That guy is 54 years old and rides better than most 20 year old’s. Best surf riding all weekend! Dudes a legend!
We loaded up and hit the road after the event and finally stopped at lake Shasta to ride the skis in some fresh water. I’ve always wanted to do that and that was super super fun.
Big thanks to Dan Lindgren and all the supporting sponsors for supporting this event. It has really grown since 6 years ago and I can’t wait to see the next 6 years and help out as much as I can!
Beach vibes, judging, people, the scene.
This was the 1st Grayland Open for me ever. Since I’ve been working out west in California for the summer, I have been able to attend some events that I normally would not be able to attend. I figured since I’m here and can meet up for my boy’s the Lawlor Bros. Lets do Grayland! I decided to enter the contest into the master class. Overall I ended up taking 1st place which was cool, I was just stoked to be able to ride with my friends and have a good time.
Jeff Bolte talking on the mic on the podium 1st place speech.