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This is the Official Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic Website in its 13th Year

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Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic in its 13th Year

The 2018 Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is a one-day event between October 1st and March 31st. The event is called on 3-days notice in order to guarantee optimal conditions. Surfers come from all around the world to paddle in and SUP the reef.

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Jeff Bolte | New Year, it’s time to get to the annual Daytona Freeride

I had a ride arranged for my ski, gear and me from a new friend Richard Lucore

By: Jeff Bolte

Happy new year! New Year to me means it's time to get ready for the annual Daytona Beach Freeride. This year's Daytona prep included replacing the starter and battery in my ski, simple stuff! Also my usual traveling and riding buddy, Andy Zion, got tied up with last minute business priorities and wouldn't be able to make the trip this year, bummer! I made a post on the FB page and had Freeride Friends reaching out and within a couple days had a ride arranged for my ski, gear and me from a new friend – Richard Lucore. He was driving solo from Columbus Ohio and graciously offered to go out of his way to pick me up, too cool!

Skis loaded on truck
Richard Lucore- custom jet ski hoist system
Daytona Beach, FL sunsets

He even had a custom hoist to load and unload the skis, no lifting, awesome!! We drove through the night on Tuesday and arrived Wednesday to get checked in and ready to ride. Unfortunately, the king tide had the beach closed so we weren't able to ride Wednesday. That just had us chomping at the bit to get out in the surf Thursday morning.

The fog was thick but the air was warm and we got in the water to rip it up. Amazingly, there were overhead sets hiding in the fog on the outside! We had a great day of riding but there weren't many photo ops as the fog stuck around most of the day.

Daytona Jet Ski beach views

Daytona Jet Ski beach views

foggy and random surf conditions

foggy and random surf conditions

Freeride friends and family were arriving from all over the country and world, it was great to catch up with them and get stoked for the weekend fun ahead. Friday we woke up to good surf, warm weather and the sun was peeking through occasionally. That made for some great riding and good times socializing on the beach. 

Jeff meeting up with friends

Jeff meeting up with friends

Daytona Beach Sunset

Daytona Beach Sunset

Saturday we had sunshine but dropping temps and surf. We still had a blast shredding the small waves as new riders were trying to bust out there first flips for the cherry buster contest. Abraham Ho stomped some big moves to claim the big air contest and then it was time to eat and get ready for Jetmaniac's party in the hotel.

Jeff | PC: Mel Smith Sponsored by: JetRenu

Jeff | PC: Mel Smith Sponsored by: JetRenu

Jeff | PC: Mel Smith Sponsored by: JetRenu

Jeff | PC: Mel Smith Sponsored by: JetRenu

Jeff surf riding

Jeff surf riding

Bolte at the Jet manic party

Bolte at the Jet Manic party

Steve's Diner good food with the crew

Steve's Diner good food with the crew

Lots of fun was had by all as we partied and checked out the new skis on display. The after party ended up at Live as usual, LOL! Sunday was chilly, with blown out surf so we drove to the lake and rode there to flush out the skis and gear before heading home to subzero temperatures.

Monday morning we packed up and went to meet friends at our traditional goodbye breakfast at Steve's diner, one of my favorite places to eat in Daytona Beach. We had a good drive north and made it back to West Virginia a little after midnight. We quickly unloaded as the snow was starting to fall, and Rich got on his way back to Ohio.

Time to head home

Time to head home

Another Daytona Beach Freeride in the books! Body is a bit sore and the usual after Freeride Depression is setting in, Lol, already looking forward to the next Freeride tho!!

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Joey Morneault | 2nd time’s a charm for the Daytona Freeride 2018

The cherry popper always has some great bails and crashes; it’s one of my favorite things about the Daytona Freeride

By: Joey Morneault

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Daytona Beach, FL

The 2018 Daytona Freeride did not disappoint. Last year was my first time attending this event after having the time of my life I knew I had to head back for 2018. This year Ben, one of my local riding buddies, tagged along for the adventure. We caught a super late flight from Las Vegas, NV to Orlando, FL. The flight wasn’t the best but we didn’t care because we were headed to Daytona!

When we landed we were greeted by Sean Starr who was riding with us from Orlando to Daytona, so we all hopped in the rental car and hauled ass to the beach. After a quick pit stop at IHOP we were on the beach. The weather and surf was not as great as last year, but that didn’t slow us down a bit. On the beach I met up with some East Coast buddies like Carter Brackett, Jeff (Steve) Bolte, and others. After wondering around a bit more I managed to find some West Coast fiends like Michelle Thompson, Jason Schriner, and more. It’s really cool that people come from all over the world for the Daytona Freeride, I even met up with my buddy Stephen Foot who traveled all the way from the UK.

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Ronny Mac and Joey partying!

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Michelle (Skat-Trak) and Joey at the club

Joey Morneault | 2nd time's a charm for the Daytona Freeride 2018

Dinner with friends

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What happens in Daytona stays in Daytona

The Cherry Popper

Throughout the weekend I shared tons of laughs and made lots of memories with my friends. One of my favorite parts of the weekend was watching the cherry popper contest. This contest is where riders who haven’t flipped before attempt for their first flip. The cherry popper always has some great bails and crashes; it’s one of my favorite things about the Daytona Freeride. The awards and ski display at the freeride was entertaining as always.

After the awards party, we all headed across the street to the club where all the craziness happened. Every night of the weekend we closed out the club and wandered to the pizza shop across the street. The pizza shop seems to be part of the Daytona experience because we end up there every night. On top of eating way too much pizza I found myself at Steve’s Diner for breakfast a few times too. It’s safe to say I ate too much food during my trip.

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Sunday

Sunday afternoon came around and we decided to go a little sightseeing. Ben and I hopped in the rental and went to see what else Daytona has to offer. We checked out the Daytona International Speedway along with some smaller local attractions. Towards the end of our journey we started checking out every pond, river, or other body of water that we could find on the quest to see an alligator. Sadly, no gators were spotted during our adventure.

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Joey and NASCAR

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Where the gators at?

After our gatorless adventure we grabbed some dinner and went to bed early. This year was a short trip. I woke up at 2am, drove to the airport, flew to Las Vegas, and went straight to work. Needless to say, that Monday was a very long day. The Daytona Freeride is an event not to be missed. The laughs, memories, and new friends are worth the journey. I can’t wait for the 2019 Daytona Freeride!

Mark Gomez | 2018 Daytona Freeride Blog

Mark Gomez | Daytona, hurt ankle, and autograph time

It was already time for the first event of the year, the Daytona Freeride!

By: Mark Gomez

After wrapping up the year of all years competitively in jet skiing after winning the IJSBA Freestyle World title, my 3rd IFWA Freeride World Title, and the Thailand Kings cup in pro freestyle World Championship in December. It was already time for the first event of the year, the Daytona Freeride!

On the surface (facebook/Instagram) It seemed to be under control and moving along as normal. In reality, I'm working every day spread pretty thin to accomplish a lot of goals to catch up from 2017 and most of all put down anchors on 2018 opportunities. I've become really hands on in a lot of different areas for sponsorship, events, and pushing forward the start of a new summer job, I'm extremely excited to announce once signed official.

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Rolling into Daytona on a flight was no big deal, just another sleepless night working on a job presentation until 4am to catching a flight at 8am then teleport-ed to Orlando and driving to Daytona, getting there around 8pm. I got to see some friends for dinner including Ronny mac, Paul Lehr, the main man Nick Foederer, and a few new faces who were really cool.

I laid low Thursday in my hotel room working on my task since the TC freeride trailer hadn't arrived yet in which it also had my riding gear so I couldn't ride even if i wanted to. My Macbook took a crap in the early afternoon which wasn't ideal so i wrapped things up on my phone and took off to go catch up with friends.

Mark Gomez | Setting up the Hydro Turf Gear

Gomez Setting up the Hydro Turf Gear with Jet Maniac at the Daytona Freeride 2018

Mark Gomez and Girlfriend Kaley

Mark Gomez and Girlfriend Kaley meet up on the Daytona Beach

Friday

Friday morning we unloaded the TC Freeride trailer and I got to work delivering over 60 sheets of Hydro-Turf product to JetManiac, then set up banners and Bow flags around the event site.

Surf at this point had got a little rough and inconsistent with the wind pushing sideways along the beach, I was stoked to ride regardless.

So stoked that within the first 10 minutes of riding I got a little carried away on an inside set re-entry to bad landing and felt my back ankle crunch when it got strained a way it shouldn't have. That really sucked as I tried to ride through it for 10 more minutes. My girlfriend Kaley had flown in and was at our hotel room. I got upstairs to ice and elevate the ankle then ended up falling asleep while doing so. I woke up a few hours later charged back up and my ankle feeling a little better.

Fortunately, word got out among my friends about my injury and a Ankle brace was made available by an east coast rider Mike Depalma (Thanks dude!) That Ankle brace really made a huge difference since the sprain wasn't my worst but jetskis torque around fast in the surf so it was difficult to feel confident again until I got that put on. Feeling good again I took to it and had a good time despite the cruddy conditions riding with people from all over.

Mark Gomez Dinner with friends
Mark Gomez Dinner with friends

Dinner with friends

Saturday

Saturday was an early morning to get out and enjoy some clean but small surf to surf ride. It was really difficult to jump the way I wanted to because of how quick the waves stood up and broke, but I was able to find a few clean surf lines to put some surfing combinations together that was really fun.

Getting to ride with everyone all day was the best because you get to see so many different styles and see people send some good and not so good moves that always keep it interesting.

Saturday afternoon we carried on with a low key freeride showdown that morphed from sickest trick to best overall run, it was fun to be apart of as always. I took out my little team mate's Coy Curtis's Ninja X kids ski and pulled off a set up wake backflip, landing the flip on a wave that was closing in behind me then cut a few turns on the wave before it finished.

In the evening I signed Posters and the covers of the new ProRider Magazine which was awesome to connect with some of the families who came to spectate. I always love being able to connect with genuine fans and followers when stuff like signing or talking to them makes their day. I am always busy caught up riding or talking to other friends I miss some of these connections that really mean a lot to me.

Saturday Night JetManiac had a hell of a good ballroom party where everyone was able to meet up and talk the night way until the late hours when the shenanigans really kicked on.

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Saturday, time to get out and enjoy some clean but small surf

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Party Time!

Mark Gomez | The year of all years competitively in jet skiing

Autographed posters for all

Blown Out Sunday

After the big night Saturday not too many people were excited to get up or even ride with temperatures really dropping and the wind howling destroying the surf and making it extremely cold to be outside. We ended up calling it at that point cleaning and loading up the trailer to wrap up the event weekend.

It was all in all a great time to see everyone to kick the new year into gear. My next event may be an international destination pending some details to be figured out int he coming weeks!

Liquid Militia | Beach life on and off the water

Liquid Militia | Beach life on and off the water

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.

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2017 Blowsion Surf Slam is upon us and so is Jake Bright

Jake Bright will be competing in Pro Freeride this year at the 2017 Blowsion Surf Slam after missing a few years prior. He’s ready to send it.

It’s that time of year again and I’ll be making my way up to Pacific city Oregon for the Blowsion Surf Slam one of the most anticipated international jetski freeride contest of the year. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been able to participate due to injuries and other reasons so I’m pretty pumped up about it! I’ll be competing in the Pro freeride contest as well as the Hydro-turf Big Air Showdown! It’s been a little bit since I’ve had the chance to compete in a IFWA contests and I am excited to get out there and shake it up, I’m looking forward to giving the boys on tour a run for their money.

Now if we rewind to Daytona Beach Florida back in January and the big air showdown where It came down to Tommy Scaccianoce (2015 Surf slam big air champ) and I for the top spot and he ended up edging me out after photo review! Tom is insane and was going massive that whole weekend so he deserved it but for real after just missing the win I’m deff gunning for that big air win! I’m just gonna send it!



Anyway I plan on going out there and giving it my all, and have a blast! I’m really loving my Krash Industries predator and when I ride it I really feel like i’m one with it, and I believe that shows in my riding, I’m landing all my tricks super smooth and a lot of the tricks are starting to feel like second nature! I’ve also been spending more time working on my surf riding lately so hopefully we have some good waves and I can try and tuck into some barrels and drag shoulder across some faces!
Jake Bright - Oceanside, CA

Jake Bright – Oceanside, CA

 I’ve done a lot of growing and maturing  personally in the last few years and I believe that shows in my riding as well. If I could describe it I would say i’m more calculated which translates to a smoother more consistent flow in my riding. I’ve gotten better at reading waves and knowing how to attack the next set of them, I kind of look at a set of waves like a rhythm section and I’m trying to keep a good flow going though it!. So I’m doing my best to utilize every set to its full potential and make the most of each wave in the set. This is so crucial in a 5 min heat because you may only get one set of waves in the whole round.
Qualifying is Friday then its head to head battles all and Sunday with awards on the beach immediately after the riding is over. If your in the area or if you’ve got the opportunity to make it out this weekend come out and support an awesome event and a bunch of rad freeriders! Hope to see you all on the beach!
Cheers, Jake
Helping Anthony Chavez And Family | GoFundMe 1

Helping Anthony Chavez And Family | GoFundMe

Helping Anthony Chavez And Family | GoFundMe 1

Anthony Chavez And Family | GoFundMe

Guys this is one of the most important post we will be making this year. Our rider Anthony Chavez had a horrible accident and broke his neck over the weekend. Please share this to everyone you know. The go fund me link is here: https://www.gofundme.com/anthony-chavez Asking all of our customers/friends to please donate anything you can, even it’s only $5 the Chavez family and LM family would really appreciate any support for the family!! We are sending positive vibes to the Chavez family for a speedy recovery. Thank you!!

 

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