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Jeff Bolte | Wavedaze windy, flat, but still a hoot

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!

JEFF BOLTE LIQUID MILITIA ATHLETE PAGE |


Phot By: Chris Kyttle

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Cali to Virginia Beach for WaveDaze 2017 | Jake Bright

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

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

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Da place to be

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:  thejakebright@gmail.com


Cali to Virginia Beach for WaveDaze 2017 | Jake Bright

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Cali to Virginia Beach for WaveDaze 2017 | Jake Bright 1

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

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

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!

JAKE BRIGHT’S LIQUID MILITIA TEAM RIDER ATHLETE PAGE |

Round 1 Jet Jump Extreme - Biscarrosse, France 5

Round 1 Jet Jump Extreme – Biscarrosse, France

Round 1 Jet Jump Extreme – Team Update

Congrats! to Abraham Hochstrasser and Liquid Militia team riders Mark Gomez 2nd place and Brandon Lawlor 3rd place at the first round of the Jet Jump Extreme World Freeride Tour this last weekend.
Next stop Round 2 Newquay, UK this weekend.

1st Abraham Hochstrasser, 2nd Mark Gomez, 3rd Brandon Lawlor

1st Abraham Hochstrasser, 2nd Mark Gomez, 3rd Brandon Lawlor

Brandon Lawlor Rockin The Prize

Brandon Lawlor Rockin The Prize


Mark Gomez - Solitude before the Heat

Mark Gomez – Solitude before the Heat


Round 1 Jet Jump Extreme - Biscarrosse, France

CALIFORNIE? Bio of the Gomez

Gomez and fellow competitor Abraham Hochstrasser

Gomez and fellow competitor Abraham Hochstrasser

Gomez De-salting the beast - Biscarrosse, France

Gomez De-salting the beast

New Video: 2017 YAMAHA FESTIVAL OF FREERIDE

New Video: 2017 YAMAHA FESTIVAL OF FREERIDE

2017 NEW ZEALAND FESTIVAL FREERIDE


Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Yamaha New Zealand Festival of Freeride brings together the country’s best ‘free riders’ along with international participants, including 7 x World Champion Pierre Maixent from France along with two U.S. Liquid Militia riders Mark Gomez and Joey Morneault.
Event Location: The iconic west coast Karioitahi Beach, 10mins west of Waiuku

Thanks to Yamaha Marine NZ for putting out this clip of the event.

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Joey Morneault first time attending the Daytona Freeride 2017

I will go back as long as I’m still riding skis. The Daytona Freeride will not disappoint.


This was my first year attending the Daytona Freeride and my first time attending an East Coast event. I had an absolute blast and I recommend that everyone goes to this event. I didn’t know what to expect on the other side of the country, so I packed my bags and caught an overnight flight hoping for the best. I arrived at the Daytona airport around noon and walked straight to the baggage claim. I grabbed my bag and looked to my right and spotted a Liquid Militia shirt.

I immediately walked over to the guy wearing the shirt and introduced myself. After meeting Mark Walker and talking for a few minutes he offered me a ride to the event in his rental car. I was STOKED to be in Daytona for only 5 minutes and I already organized a free ride to the event. On the way to the event I was chatting with one of the other guys in the car and it turns out that he lives only a few houses over from my cousin in Philadelphia, PA. Sometimes I can’t believe how small of a world it is.

Baggage check

Baggage check

Welcome Skis

Welcome Skis

Daytona Bound!!

Daytona Bound!!


We arrived at the host hotel after a quick lunch and shopping adventure. The weather was absolutely perfect I was able to wear shorts and sandals all weekend. After checking in, I met up with Nicholas Foederer to grab my rider pass which is a a necessity if you want to ride. The next step was to walk the beach to see if I could bum a ride on a ski. A few minutes later I got to take Michael Grasso’s super jet for a rip. The surf conditions were pretty fun and it was pretty warm outside. I got away with only wearing my wet suit bottoms, it was a nice change from the West Coast surf. After a nice riding session I met up with Mark and his friends for dinner.

The View from the hotel deck

The View from the hotel deck

Joey- getting in some riding time.

Joey- getting in some riding time.


I basically went out to dinner with a random group of people that I haven’t met before. Everyone was super nice and welcoming, I was immediately treated like part of their riding crew. I stayed up pretty late waiting for my roommate (Cookie Monster) to arrive, she ended up missing her flight and arrived much later than expected. Luckily I killed the time by talking about jet skis with Buck, Bryan, Cameron and others down at the hotel bar. We probably could have talked till the sun came up, but I eventually called it a night and crashed out.

The Takeover!!

The Takeover!!

New Friends!!

New Friends!!


The next morning I woke up, grabbed breakfast, put on my sandals, and hit the beach. The beach was packed with awesome people and amazing skis. While walking down the beach I managed to hang out at the Skat-Trak booth with Michelle and Tom (Hot Products) for a bit. Michelle hooked me up with a sweet Skat-Trak hat and Tom gave me a Hot Products shirt for hanging out with them. They were giving out hats and shirts to tons of people that stopped by the booth. After hanging out at the booth for a bit I grabbed some lunch and walked the beach again. I spent countless hours meeting new people and enjoying the amazing weather. Towards the end of the day I suited up to ride some of my teammates skis. Mark Gomez and Brandon Lawlor were nice enough to let me take their skis for a ride in the beautiful Florida surf. While riding I witnessed Mark Gomez to be the first person to back flip a jet surf motorized surf board. It was crazy that guy can do anything LOL…

After some riding I went out to dinner with the same group from the night before. We decided to stay out a bit later and hit the club. We had a blast at the club that was conveniently located across the street from the hotel. On our way home we found a 24 hour pizza parlor, so we grabbed a quick snack before bed.

Joey suited up!

Joey suited up!

The following morning I was a bit sleep deprived, but it was totally worth it. I grabbed some breakfast and went down to the beach to watch the surf style event. My buddy Sean Starr was crushing it and ended up taking home first place! He was on fire all weekend. After watching Sean ride I got to experience the Cherry Popper event. The Cherry Popper is a contest for people to stick their first back flip. This event was priceless. There were so many awesome attempts and bails. I could have watched it all day. Eventually all of the contestants landed their flips. After the Cherry Popper I suited up and took Sean Starr’s ski for a ride. While riding his ski I witnessed Sean back flip one of the jet surf boards. I think Sean is determined to catch up to Mark’s accomplishments and he’s doing a great job of it. After my first ride I took a break and then went out again on Randy Lawlor’s ski. Randy’s ski was a monster with his massive engine. It wore me out pretty fast so I only had a short ride.

After the events closed down we got cleaned up and went to the Kona Tiki Bar for dinner. The bar was basically taken over by jet ski riders, it was such a cool experience to look around and see nothing but awesome people that share the same interest. After dinner we went back to the club and got a bit out of control. We had the times of our lives and ended up closing out the place. Immediately after the club we went back to the pizza shop for a late night snack. I swear the guy at the pizza place knew my name by the end of the weekend, we probably spent way too much time there.

The last day was the hardest part of the trip. Heading home from awesome events is always a bummer. After packing my bags I hopped in the car with Melissa and Michelle. We ate at a place called Steve’s diner. This diner was recommended to us by Jeff (Steve) Bolte. This diner had the best homemade food. Mark, Kaley, Andrew, Melissa, Michelle, Jeff, and I all talked about the future events that we plan to attend while we were eating. We all decided to come back to Daytona for 2018. This event was absolutely worth traveling for. It was such a nice break from the cold Las Vegas weather. I highly suggest this event to everyone. I will go back as long as I’m still riding skis. Daytona will not disappoint.

Jeff (Steve) Bolte

Jeff (Steve) Bolte

Melissa, Joey, Kaley, Mark, Michelle, Jeff and Andrew

Melissa, Joey, Kaley, Mark, Michelle, Jeff and Andrew


Joey Morneault | Liquid Militia Team Rider Profile

Video | Mark Gomez Rides 550 Jetski Up Hometown Flooded Street Gutter

Video | Mark Gomez Rides 550 Jetski Up Hometown Flooded Street Gutter

The good ol’ Kawasaki 550 Jetski | VIDEO


The drought is over. Team Rider Mark Gomez back at it again riding his Kawasaki 550 up his neighborhood flooded street gutter on a rainy day. He makes riding in a couple inches of water look easy, good thing it’s his brothers ski LOL. Mark is always is always up to something creative and different on a Jetski. What’s next?

 

More Gomez Jetski Videos

In case you missed it check out these other Jetski related videos from Gomez:

Liquid Militia | T-Rex Steals Jet Ski and Does Insane Tricks With Mark Gomez

Mark Gomez costume as a T-Rex on a Jetski


Pro Rider Mark Gomez | Jet Ski backflips in a small pool

Pro Rider Mark Gomez | JetSki back flips in a small pool

Video | Zack Bright and Mark Gomez Featured in Motor and SURF Scramble

Video | Motor and SURF Scramble

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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.

Check the MotorAndSurfScramble.com for more info.

Mark Gomez Autographs at HB Honda 5

Mark Gomez Autographs at HB Honda

Mark Gomez Autographs at HB Honda 1
Team Rider Mark Gomez and GoPro Collaboration 1A 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.


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Bomber Eyewear Out Front

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Mark Gomez Autographs at HB Honda 7

Mark Gomez Autographs at HB Honda

Jet Renu Flyer Featuring Gomez


Mark's Ski standing out in the showroom

Mark’s Ski standing out in the showroom

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Mark Gomez Autographs at HB Honda 2

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Mark Gomez Autographs at HB Honda 11