Camp Far West | Pro Jet Ski Racers Ian and Pete Lifestyle Video and Pics
We were able to make a quick down low trip up to Camp Far West, wayyyyy up in Northern California to a city called Wheatland. Our plan was to meet up with as many of our NorCal team riders as possible and capture some sweet pics/videos of them. In return, we can start putting out some unique footage on our riders that has never been seen before. We think we did just that! capturing the hard work, training, and lifestyle of what it takes to be a racer these days. This first video is featuring two of our racers Ian Roberts and Pete Zernik . We have many more videos to come and lots of footage stocked up. Get ready to get stoked with us. Check the video out below.
Liquid Militia | Pro Jet Ski Racer Lifestyle
Video Description: Pro jet ski racers Ian Roberts and Pete Zernik show us their Nor Cal training grounds, “Jet Ski Cove” at Camp Far West Reservoir. To our amazement the location was just as they had described. The skies were crystal blue and the water was fresh, perfect combination for a killer weekend with the team.
Click on any of these photos to go to the main photo gallery for this trip
Interested in checking out some of the pictures we took from the Camp Far West trip? They are now up, and ready to be seen. You can click on any of the pics above or this link here to view them. Enjoy and cheers to lots more good stuff brought to you by Liquid Militia.
LET’S GET THIS COMPETITION GOING FOR ROUND 1 & 2 STARTING WITH LAKE HAVASU, AZ.
The first race for me this year was the RPM Series Watercross/Gary Hart Memorial round 1-2 in Lake Havasu, AZ. I showed up with my hull on Friday afternoon after the long drive down south from Sacramento, CA area. Yes, I said hull, I was short of a motor which is always a scary thing but hey, we got this!! I met up with my mechanic Brian Boell, in Lake Havasu. We went straight to his shop, and he got my motor installed and ready for the races.
This kick off race was killer! RPM had an awesome event that co-mingled with another event, like a chili cook off and big boat show which was cool because it brought out more people to check out all the action all weekend long. I also met up with fellow Liquid Militia team mate Ian Roberts who is my practice and riding buddie, we always train together back home. So naturally, we pitted next to each other for the weekend.
I ended up taking 4th overall in both rounds of this series in the NEW Pro Mod Class, which replaced the previous GP Ski class. It’s great to get out, and get some laps in on some of these local races before my next stop. Which, for me will be back east at The Pro Watercoss Tour round 1 in Panama City, Florida coming up real quick in a few weeks. I’m looking forward to lining up with the best of the best and get the national tour kicked off. See ya!
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Pete Zernik 2015 Wrap Up
We asked longtime Liquid Militia Jetski racing team member Pete Zernik for a wrap up of what went down for him in 2015, here’s what he had to say:
2015 was a great year for me at Zernik Racing. I made it my personal mission to do better than years before and also battle back after having hernia surgery last year. This year on the 4th of July Vanessa and had our 2nd Child together beautiful Liliana Kaylee Zernik. Making a grand total of 3 youngin’s here. The hardest part of racing this past season is the endless weekends away from my family and kids I missed all of them and it’s defiantly hard.
DJSA / Pro Watercross National Tour
I competed in the local NorCal DJSA Series where I ended up 2nd Expert 900 and 1st in GP Ski. I also did the whole Pro Watercross National Tour this year for the 1st time and it was amazing with lots of ups and downs. A big thanks goes out to team Utah aka the Austins for all there help this past year it wouldn’t of happened without them.
Pro Watercoss World Championships
At the Pro Watercoss 1st World Championships in Naples Florida I competed in 3 classes and placed 4th Pro Ski, 7th GP Ski and 1st Vets Ski GP. The tour was amazing with lots of killer race sites.
RPM Nightime Shootout / IJSBA Wold Finals
The RPM SoCal/NorCal Nighttime Shootout was a blast. I ended up 1st in GP ski and can’t wait for more. Lastly after training all year long it was time for the coveted IJSBA World Finals. I’m pleased at my progress over the years and ended up with my best finishes yet, Pro Ski 7th and 2nd Vet ski GP. Pro Ski GP I made the mains and was in the hunt for top 10 and had a boat failure in my main putting me at 16th I believe overall.
It’s a long journey from the beginning to the end of the season. I want to thank everyone who competed. I look forward to some killer motos, races and venues this season.
Special thanks to RonnyMac.com for providing the legit IJSBA World Finals racing shots of Pete for this post.
West coast to the left coast Chris MacClugage is taking on the Watercross National Tour. Chris arrived with his family early a few days prior to the national tour kicking off, to relax and settle in. As the days go on, and race day is approaching Chris is ready to go beast mode, and that’s what he did. Saturday, heat 1 kicked off with Pro Ski GP. Chris was ever so focused aboard his very familiar Bullett Hull, bringing him home the win for moto 1. Sunday all eyes were on the the Pro Ski Gp class the amount of power these ski’s have, and the abilities they athletes have is just amazing to watch. Ready, set, go and Chris was off again. He worked the track and was able to sail into the checkered flag straight to the podium with a 1st place overall finish in Panama City Beach, FL.
Chris also raced in Pro-Am Ski Stock aboard a Yamaha Super Jet and pulled out 3 wins in all motos for a 1st place overall finish in this calls as well.
Thank you to my Sponsors:
Monster Energy, Bullett Racing, Jet Trim, Macc Racing, Jetpilot, Ada Racing, Skat Trak, Liquid Militia, Maxima, Bell Helmets, Oakley, Ryno Power, Jet Lift, Yamaha.
Traveling from Canada to FL what a journey we had getting to the 1st stop of the National Tour. We set out with the huge JetX Racing Rig, this thing is a beast but boy does it get the job done. We arrived in Panama early to get settled in. The next day we set up shop and got our pit dialed. I competed in R/A Stock and had some good laps and a great time just being in the ocean racing. I was able to take home a 2nd place overall in my class. I’m very happy with the outcome of this race my Kawasaki was hooking up and I had a blast. Next stop for me is Pensacola, FL.
Had a great weekend of racing at the first stop of the Prowatercross Tour in Panama City, Florida! I took 2nd in my heat race in Pro Ski GP after a horrible start and coming out of the split in 7th I started charging my way through the pack and finished the moto in 2nd! Had another rough start in the Pro Ski GP main event but I snuck inside of everyone and came out of the split in 4th and stayed charging on 3rd place the whole race but I couldn’t quite get past him and I didn’t want to risk crashing and falling to the back of the pack. But all in all it was great weekend and I’m very excited for the next stop this weekend in Pensacola, Florida!
The first round of the ProWatercross tour was a very exciting one for me! I have been training harder then ever and I decided it was time for me to step up my game and sign up to race in the Pro/am Ski GP class. For these first two rounds in the ocean I only brought my SXR Limited ski to race, in hopes that the water would be rough and the speed of the boat wouldn’t be too much of a factor.
This year the Pro/am ski GP class ended up doing qualifying heats and a last chance qualifier (LCQ) in order to make the final main event. In my heat I was running in a qualifying position when I made a stupid mistake on the front stretch and went swimming forcing me to go into the LCQ on Sunday. To my disadvantage, the LCQ was one of the first races of the day and the water was as flat as a lake, I rode my limited ski as hard as I could and ended up in third place, just one position away from making it to the main. Even though I didn’t make the main event, I was extremely proud of my performance and the fact that I got out there on the line with some of the top pros in the world.
The rest of my classes went excellent as I won all 6 of my motos winning the overall in Women’s Limited and Amateur Limited. Overall I felt like I had a great weekend and I am looking forward to doing it again next weekend in Pensacola, FL
Huge thanks to everyone making this all possible: my dad, Brian Boell, Mike with Optima Racing, Hot Products, Liquid Militia, Lucas Oil, Jet Pilot, IPD Graphics, DA8 training, Ryno Power, Jettrim, Skat-Trak, Bullett and TBM
I had a killer time competing at the Prowatercross Tour in Panama City, Florida this past weekend. My ski had some problems that hopefully by this coming weekend will be worked out. I felt good committing to the tour this year. I enjoy racing and the whole scene behind the Jet Ski Races. I’m hoping to step it up with my ski running strong and have some fun. I am looking forward to the next stop in Pensacola, FL.
We want to give a big thank you to our friend Ronny Mac for providing us with some sweet pics of our riders from this event!! Check out his work click the link in his name.
Was a wild weekend in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. We had a great time hanging with the team, family and friends old and new.
Team Rider Updates:
CHRIS MACCLUGAGE #30:
This year I competed solely in the Sport class at World Finals. I didn’t want to race with the pressure I had in 2013 to win the Ski class. My primary goal was to enjoy myself and relax a bit more this year in my hometown of Lake Havasu City where the World Finals are held each year.
I set out to win the Sport class and I did! It was by no means an easy race however. During the first moto, while I was leading the race, I fell off my race boat and dropped all the way back to the absolute last position. It was time to work my way back up to the top.
That did it for me. Just what I needed to gain a deeper focused determination, I wanted this race, I wanted to produce at World Finals. After a bit of fiberglass warfare I came back to third place position.
Now, facing the second moto, I holeshotted once again but lead wire to wire down the line! The Monster Macc Racing, Bullett V2 Wave Blaster worked really well from turn to turn and accelerating strong in the open stretches. Such a great boat to ride, making this a fun competition for me! Just what I needed.
We had gained 4 miles an hour over the 2013 set up we previously enjoyed, so the Blaster was really fast this year. I was confident in my skills heading into the competition even though I had not focused exclusively on the Sport Class. So much so was this team commitment to excel, that I would put her into the Winner’s circle!
I finished with a 3rd place and a 1st place finish from the two mottos. When those two places were added against my competitors, this put me in a 3 way tie. Seeing that I won the last moto that singular advantage gave me the overall win and the World Championship title.
It has been a great year for Macc Racing. To head into the winter race schedule as a World Champion comes with the dedication of many people. I want to thank you Rusty Gewecke for building one great boat for me to ride, my lovely wife Rachel and our kids for their everlasting support!!!
RYAN DECKER #72:
For the 2014 IJSBA World Finals I raced Amateur Lites, Pro Am Lites, Amateur Open, and Salom. This World Finals was a rough year for me. I ended up not qualifying for Amateur Lites and could not get good starts. But I qualified for Pro Am Lites and placed 14th overall even though I did not finish the last moto. In Amateur Open, I had to go to the LCQ because I got ran over in my heat. I won the LCQ and ended up placing 10th overall in Amateur Open. In salom I placed 8th overall. Besides the racing I had a ton of fun hanging out with friends and family even got to see Vanilla Ice. Before the end of the year I am going to race the El Tour De Tucson and a 24 hour Mountain Bike race, while racing dirt bikes on the side. Could not do it without the help from Liquid Militia, Macc Racing, Ryno Power, Jettrim, K&N Performance, Burn Industries, Bullett Racing, and my parents.
MARK GOMEZ #137::
I had technical problems that took me out of my Amateur Lites class then ended up fighting my way through a tough pack and working through some late night wrenching missions to defend my 3rd in the world title in that class. Last and not least I charged my way though vintage 550 and came out on top during both motos to win the world title. On the monday after I participated in Chris Fichettis Aqua Moto X Preview Event. A group of us riders including Zack and Jake Bright, Tanner Thomas, and I lined up to go big off a double boat v wake. I took 2nd place taking home over $300 of a $800 cash pot fund raised by the sponsors and spectators there.
BROCK AUSTIN #182:
We haven’t heard from em’ yet, maybe he’s still celebrating?
IAN ROBERTS #658:
Going into the 2014 IJSBA world finals my goal was to finish top 5 in pro ski open. After winning and finishing on the podium at several races throughout the year I was feeling pretty confident. Things don’t always go as planned though as I was plagued with numerous mechanical issues on race day. I squeeked into the main and tried my hardest to resolve the issues, but was not successful. I chose to jump on my practice boat which was at least 10 mph slower than most of the boats I was competing against. Lucky for me the wind picked up before the 2nd and 3rd Motos giving me less of a disadvantage with some really rough water conditions. Overall I was able to put an 8th place finish together bettering last years finish of 9th.
BIBI CARMOUCHE #177:
Seemed like luck was not on my side at this years finals, but I learned a lot and was still able to come out in the top 10 in two of my classes. On Wednesday I raced classic two stroke limited and was hoping for a top three finish, unfortunately I ended up getting hit pretty hard in the second moto and finished 7th overall. Friday, I was excited to race in the Amateur ski open class for the first time, but during the qualifier my ski died on the line and I was forced to race in the LCQ, and with another bad start I didn’t make it to the main motos. On Sunday the Pro/am Womens races were extremely exciting, it was awesome being able to line up next to some of the fastest women racers around like Tera Laho, Emi Kanamori and Yukiko Kume to name a few! The second moto was wild with the random wind that picked up and created surf like conditions on the track, I was running in third place in that moto but the judges ended up making a call that docked me a lap and moved me down from 5th overall to 8th. I am extremely happy with my performance and ready to make some changes for next season!
Huge thank you to all my sponsors for the support throughout the year!
Thank You, to all who participated in “The Bar Pong Tournament” at Kokomo
“Team Cup The Balls” which included, Liquid Militia Team Rider Zack Bright and friend of LQM Casey Hogarty made it to the final round but lost by one cup against “The Mad Haters”, Havasu locals.
“We trained hard. We made all the way to the final. We got 2nd place. Which is my normal finish anyway. Casey was a great teammate and really pulled us through to the end. Team cup my balls just needed to sink that final ball and we could have been the champions of the world. THE WORLD!,”said Zack Bright.
Tanner Thomas, Pro Freerider/ V-Wake Master:
Liquid Militia team riders who attended the West Coast Nationals in Lake Perris California.
Brock Austin, Pete Zernik, Ryan Decker, Mike Mendez, Tanner Thomas, Ian Roberts, Mark Gomez
Liquid Militia would like to thank Hydro Turf for making our trip a success having good people around us is always a plus. We would also like to thank Kyle at DASA for the ride to the airport legit. We would like to also thank Ronny & Ratti from ProRider Watercraft Magazine just for being super cool peeps to hang with and for keeping the sport going. Last but definitely not least we would like to thank all our team riders who attended this event we would not have gone if it was not for you guy’s Lot’s more pics and a sick ass VIDEO is still to come….
Zack Bright killing it this year at the Surf Slam. Zack took 2nd place in Pro Freeride against Freeride legend Taylor Curtis, When we asked zack about the contest conditions he said. “It’s so hard to ride, if something comes up, then you hit it. Going out there with a plan of attack is just not happening, at all.” With this slam win it puts Zack sitting in second place in the IFWA (International Freeride Watercraft Association) Would Tour in Points with one more stop to go BRAZIL!!
A few more memorable moments from Zack who’s always pushing the envelope. Zack kinda landed a backflip re-entry, the crowd was pumped!! “I tried a double backflip in the big air and went one and a half, and I stomped 2 flat spin 360 re-entrys on Monday. My progression keeps going.”
Mark Gomez took 5th place in Pro Freeride & 2nd in the Pro Ski Motosurf Race. Mark holding it down competing in all three events at the slam. 1. Freeride 2. Motosurf and 3. Big air keeping up with his tipple threat theme he has going on. We asked Mark how hard was it to compete in all three events “Well that’s what I like to do, I like to be involved in as much opportunity as possible why not? My #1 is Freeride I just cant get enough of it, but if there is a chance to do a motosurf race i’m in. All events I competed in the conditions were nasty but you just power threw it and make things happen.”
Cuong Son took 9th place in Pro Freeride. That’s a few notches up from last year. Cuong had some killer runs getting some huge air. When asked about the size of the waves Cuong had this to say “Some set’s in the back were huge you just have to time it right and go for it. I had a lot of fun and am happy with myself.”
Stanton High took 17th place in Pro Freeride. Stanton was on a fresh new Krash hull going into the slam. New ski plus not a lot of practice on the new hull sometimes does not let you perform to the level you know you are at. But on the upside Stanton had a blast and is looking forward to dialing in his new ski with all the classic Stanton style he brings. When we asked him how he felt on his new hull he said “I love it, it’s a great hull, looking forward to seeing what new things I can do on it.”
Tanner Thomas took 5th place in Amateur Freeride. Tanner had a lot better luck this year than last year, no rescue hook through the hand and his ski did not get lost forever into the Pacific. Tanner’s fully back in action, and riding solid. When we asked what him what he had to say about the surf he said, “The surf’s so powerful its unbelievable, I’m happy with what i did all around.“
Pete Zernik took 6th place in the Pro Ski Motosurf race. Just after his last moto we asked Pete how it went and he said, “It was just jump after jump, gopro falling off here, gopro falling off there, I dont know where I ended up.“
Every year for one weekend we host a Liquid Militia Team Weekend in support of our Team Riders/Friends/Family. We have this event at a private location on a private beach. Below you can see the coverage we got from Pro Rider Watercraft Magazine. Followed by the Team Weekend video, then the link to the photo gallery ENJOY!!!
This video kind of sums up what goes down. This year we had bad weather for the first 2 days so no filming went on. This video only sums up a lil of what goes down. Thanks to everyone who attended and thank you to all our TEAM RIDERS and Supporters!!