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.

Chris MacClugage | 2016 China Motorboat Open 1

Chris MacClugage – Team USA | 2016 China Motorboat Open

Chris MacClugage | 2016 China Motorboat Open

2016 China Motorboat Open

Chris MacClugage - Team USA

Chris MacClugage – Team USA

I remember one of my early racing heroes, Larry Rippenkroeger saying, In the past two weeks I have been on jets more than jet skis. For me this has been a tiring past two weeks. After a sad good bye to my awesome family, we set off on Sunday March 6th and headed to LAX with good friend and mechanic Josh Paddock. We were headed to China for what was to be the biggest jet ski racing event in Chinese history, The China Motorboat Open. We encountered a small set back on our way to LA, my def light came on in the Dodge and basically told me, that if we don’t take it to the dealer in 150 miles, it would drop down to 5mph max. Not a good speed for California freeways. We hit Auto Zone, and bought a scanner, which failed. But, Josh being the great thinker that he is, decided to do a hard shut down on truck(disconnecting batteries for 10 mins) and this worked and we were on our way. We arrived at LAX with plenty of time to spare.
Chris MacClugage | 2016 China Motorboat Open 2We arrived in China and met up with our host KK from Hong Kong. We really were not expecting to drive 8 hours in a car after flying for 25, but what the hell, it didn’t kill us, totally! We drove to the race location first to pick up my ski and then threw it in back of the Raptor and then set off for my Chinese sponsors shop, Sea Arrow. After the 8 hours of driving we unloaded and then went to dinner. Chinese love to eat! The next day came, and we worked on the ski and prepped it for testing. Initially we had tested for av before leaving and upon arriving we had no choice, but to use MS 109. No worries, Josh tuned it and with our Motec system, we are using a knock sensor, so we can optimize our tune! Testing went well and we were ready to race.
Race day came and went, but we didn’t race! The weather was so cold and the waves were too big (by Chinese standards) to race. So, we qualified on Saturday and I had the fastest heat, but I knew Takenoshita was going to be fast! The course was big and spread out, not very technical. So, my only hope for a win was to hole shot or for big waves, which separates the men from the boys.
Chris MacClugage | 2016 China Motorboat Open 3Sunday came and moto1 was at 9 am. The Chinese association had decided to do rolling starts, because a lot of foreign riders didn’t have experience in a traditional start with waves. It was their first time doing a rolling start, along with most of the other riders. Pretty much a fail, but they learned quickly or the next race. I started 5th and passed to second and was unable to catch Takenoshita. He rode a great race. The Second Moto came, and it was almost dark. I started second and was on Takenoshita the whole race, but waves had died and I was unable to pass him. Awards came and the Chinese association did a great job with top notch food. It’s nice to see that some people took the time to respect the requests of the Chinese association and wear formal attire! After the awards Josh had to work on the ski and swap out all the Motec parts for the advent system parts. We had sold the ski and did not sell it with the Motec system.
Chris MacClugage | 2016 China Motorboat Open 1The next morning came and we were meant to be at airport around two. But, first the customer wanted to hear the ski start on the Advent system. Battery was dead so we had to find a gas station to jump start it. We found one ski fired and we were done! Back in the car for two hours! We had stopped along the way and bought a few things, a couple tea sets for the kids and I wanted one last serving of sticky rice! (Good stuff)
We arrived at the airport, said good bye and luckily both Josh and I had rows to our selves! Score, we slept for 10 hours straight. Back in Lax and Josh had one request, and it was Chic Fil A. He didn’t enjoy the Chinese cuisine as much as i did. All in all it was a good trip and we met some really great people. Thank you first and foremost to my wife for making all of this possible! She holds down the fort while I’m racing. Second I would like to thank Josh for a great job and hard work put in. I would also like to thank my new friend KK from HK, he set this trip up and made it possible for us to race. I would also like to thank Hawk from Sea Arrow for sponsoring us with everything while in China. Thanks also goes out to Bun freestyle, Sam from Motorfield and the rest of the team.

I would also like to thank all my sponsors:
Monster Energy, 
Macc Racing
, Ada Racing, Jettrim
, Kommander, K-1, 
Skat Trak
, Jet Pilot, 
Liquid Militia
, Bell Helmets, 
Ryno, Power, 
Jet Lift, 
Sea Arrow
, Maxima


Early Winter Swells Anticipated for Mavericks Invitational


July 25, 2012
Early Winter Swells Anticipated for Mavericks Invitational
Organizers Announce Partnership with the Big Wave World Tour

(Half Moon Bay, Calif.) Looking ahead to an El Niño winter and the anticipation of big waves early in the season, the organizers of the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest are opening the contest season on November 1, 2012.

Following the approval of the permit by the San Mateo County Harbor District last week, the organizers kicked into high gear the planning for this year’s famed big wave surfing contest off Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay. The contest waiting period is officially November 1, 2012, through March 31, 2013.

“It looks like we are headed for an early winter, and we want to take advantage of the big swells in November,” said Mavericks Pioneer Jeff Clark, part of a group of business and community leaders organizing the event. “The surfers are ready, the community is ready, and we are stoked to make this amazing event happen this year.”

Mavericks Invitational organizers are also announcing a partnership with the Big Wave World Tour. Founded by famed big wave rider and shaper, Gary Linden, the Big Wave World Tour (BWWT), is an international surfing phenomenon that organizes the best big wave riders in the first-ever big wave surfing league. The tour showcases the world’s top surfers and local standouts as they battle extreme conditions, and each other, in a season long battle to become the next Big Wave World Champion. The tour includes events in Chile, Peru, Mexico, and now in California.

“Big wave surfing and Mavericks have become synonymous, and a competition there a dream come true”, said Linden, who has served as head judge for previous contests at Mavericks. “Being part of the event is an extreme honor, personally and for the Big Wave World Tour.”

The association with BWWT allows those surfers who are part of the tour to use their performance at Mavericks as part of their overall scoring for the season. The list of competitors for this year’s Mavericks Invitational will not change from last season, when a lackluster winter dashed hopes for a contest.

“The competitors will still earn their way through dedication to surfing Mavericks, proving their mettle at Mavericks, and being voted into the event by their peers,” said Clark. “Gary Linden has experience at Mavericks, making it easy to integrate their judging system and water patrol into our event, while keeping true to the unique nature of Mavericks.”

Mavericks Invitational is the world’s premier, high adrenaline, big wave surfing event. This one-day, invitation-only surfing competition is held at the legendary Mavericks surf break located half mile offshore at Pillar Point Harbor, just 20 minutes south of San Francisco. The 24 most daring big-wave surfers in the world will attempt to tame the massive swells on the biggest and best day of the 2012 winter season. For additional details, visit Join us on Facebook: Mavericks Invitational.

Matt Ambrose (Pacifica, CA)
Ryan Augenstein (Santa Cruz, CA)
Grant “Twiggy” Baker (South Africa)
Chris Bertish (South Africa)
Carlos Burle (Brazil)
Ken “Skindog” Collins (Santa Cruz, CA)
Shane Desmond (Santa Cruz, CA)
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, CA)
Shane Dorian (Hawaii)
Nathan Fletcher (San Clemente, CA)
Mark Healey (Hawaii)
Rusty Long (San Clemente, CA)
Greg Long (San Clemente, CA)
Alex Martins (Brazil)
Peter Mel (Santa Cruz, CA)
Ryan Seelbach (San Francisco, CA)
Kelly Slater (Florida)
Tyler Smith (Santa Cruz, CA)
Jamie Sterling (Hawaii)
Anthony Tashnick (Santa Cruz, CA)
Grant Washburn (San Francisco, CA)
Dave Wassel (Hawaii)
Ben Wilkinson (Australia)
Zach Wormhoudt (Santa Cruz, CA)

1. Tyler Fox (Santa Cruz)
2. Josh Loya (Santa Cruz)
3. Colin Dwyer (Pacifica)
4. Nic Lamb (Santa Cruz)
5. Danilo Couto (Brazil)
6. Derek Dunfee (San Diego)
7. Ben Andrews (San Francisco)
8. Andrew Marr (South Africa)
9. Travis Payne (Pacifica)
10. Ion Banner (Half Moon Bay)
11. Kohl Christensen (Hawaii)
12. Shawn Rhodes (Pacifica)
13. Mike Gerhardt (Santa Cruz)
14. Garret McNamara (Hawaii)
15. Russel Smith (Santa Cruz)
16. Jamie Mitchel (Australia)
17. Frank Solomon (South Africa)

Jessica Banks, Mavericks Invitational
+1 (650) 279 – 1872

Pierre Camoin, Big Wave World Tour
+1 (858) 922 – 4050

Our Friend Drew Supon sporting LM Piracy T-shirt for CBS Morning News It’s all about the Ring.

When an engagement ring goes missing in the waters of Lake Erie Our buddy Drew Supon helps to find it. Sam Peckens accidently lost her engagement ring while in the water. Drew sent us this pic of him wearing a Liquid Militia T-Shirt during the 4 hour interview for CBS morning show that was filmed today. And has an air date for tomorrow (7/20/2012) between 7-9 am.

Sam Peckens & Drew Supon doing an interview for CBS Morning News Air Date 7/20/2012

We jokingly said to Drew wear a LM t-shirt for the interview and I’ll send you 10, Drew did wear one of our shirts LOL so I guess I have to annie up now. Thanks Drew we appreciate it!! Good to hear the story has a happy ending and we can’t wait to see how everything goes tomorrow. Make sure you guy’s watch the televised segment tomorrow morning on CBS.

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Zack Bright Freeride World Championship Tour Update: Portugal/France

Zack Bright on the IFWA Tour

We caught up with Zack Bright who is still overseas, here is what he had to say.

LM– What placings did you get in both comps?
ZB– I got 3rd place in Portugal and got 4th place in France.

LM– So were both comps part of the IFWA, or was one  a freeride event ?
ZB– Yes. Portugal and France were both part of the IFWA World Tour. Portugal has not happened since 2005 and I gotta say, it really needs to be apart of it. really good waves.

LM– Whats the story on the ski you rode in the comp, looks familiar?
ZB– They both are familiar actually hahah. the FR-2 I rode in Portugal was actually my old FR-2 I sold to Stephan Foot last year. It was cool to ride something familiar. I rode a Light-Weight in France, the same ski I’m currently riding at home. Norbert hooked it up with some yellow stickers to make it look like last years. the Light-Weight is so cool, I took my tray, hull plate, steering, and bam, same handling ski in France that I’m used to back at home, so cool.

Zack Bright has arrived at the Jet Jump Extreme

LM– Is Paris all its cracked up to be?
ZB– Ive figured out a few key things about Paris. 1 is you have to be rich to stay here. 2 is…. you have to be rich. so its a little tough for Kristen and i right now. were staying in a town south of Paris called Villejuif which is like a french Compton. we have to take a 25 min train ride to get to Paris. its hard. were making the best of it though and trying to see everything we can before it gets dark… gets sketchy at night. but, i did just book an awesome hotel near the Eiffel Tower for Wednesday till Friday so, the end should be awesome.

LM– How was the surf compared to west coast Cali?
ZB– The surf in Portugal was great. overhead to sometimes double over. it was really familiar. France on the other hand was something like Lake Michigan. 4 second intervals, hardly and wave forms. you couldn’t plan anything. If the wave came, you’d hit it, but if you went out there wanting to do something specific than you might spend time searching for the right wave which is going to cost you.

LM– What size was the surf at both comps?
ZB– Portugal was head high to occasional double over. France was garbage, DEAD flat when we got there to waist high the next day to stormy conditions that sucked, but hey its 10′ there right now….. just in time…..

LM– Do you feel judging was fair?
ZB– Boy there’s a question…… in some aspects, sure. i saw some things that blew my and others minds and was a part of a dispute that i didn’t agree with. the short end of a long answer is; the IFWA is all we got. It’s a great thing and if it wasn’t here then the sport would be nothing. that being said, I think there needs to be some changes on how things are judged, how things are scored, and how some things happen. We have some really good ideas for the future that we presented so we will see what happens.

Zack Bright

LM– So is it true that all French people are snobs?
ZB– Not so! everyone you meet in the freeride community is automatically family so really the language goes out the window. the people Ive meet traveling, ordering food, or asking for directions have been nothing but helpful. its been great.

LM– How was it to get the chance to chill with freeriders from halfway around the world?
ZB– Its always a blessing. to see old friends like Pierre, Nick, Jake, and Iceman to name a few, to meeting new friends like Gil Burnier, Silvian Molina, and Cedric Lageat to name a few more. its so cool to see everyone. were all one big dysfunctional family, its awesome.

LM– What did you dig most about contest locations?
ZB– Portugal was in Sintra which is a huge surfing spot that hosts local, national and world contests. It’s cool to go to quality surf spots and get a chance to ride a ski there. France is like this sleepy nudist/gypsy area…. so that’s cool hahah.

Zack's Militia Masher

LM– What is your current standing on the IFWA tour now?
ZB– Right now I’m in a three way tie for 3rd place with Tiago Geitens and Jake Montandon. i really want to do better than 3rd this year so i need to do work in Oregon and Brazil.

LM– Zack, you have mad talent and got  good very quickly, can you give any advice to upcoming freeriders on what it takes to get to your level of riding?
ZB– Cheers guys, really you just have to want it. if you want it bad enough then you’ll progress fast. You cant think about consequences, you just have to huck it, being a little crazy doesn’t hurt either.

Zack Bright IFWA World Tour Competition.

LM– If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?
ZB– If i could do it all over again, i would win the whole thing and plan for Paris a lot better, ha!

LM– Anything Else?
ZB– I’d like to thank my Family for their support. my wonderful girlfriend Kristen for having my back and taking killer pics. Norbert at Light-Weight for building me a ski for the event and being an all around awesome person. Burn Industries for the custom suits and vests. Cold-Fusion for all the bad ass parts. Blowsion for always helping me getting places. Euromotorbike for having me ride a ski in a pool. Hydro-Turf, Kal-Gard, and Powder & Sun. Liquid Militia for being frekin awesome and always supporting me.


>Logical Terror- The Newest Addition to The Liquid Militia Team.


Liquid Militia Clothing has partnered with ‘Logical Terror’ a virtual interactive band form ITALY. Logical Terror is Liquid Militia’s first band to join our talented team! We will keep everyone up to date on international shows, events, with massive amounts of photos.

Band Members:
‘SIC ‘ – Singer
‘D.D.L’ – Drums
‘ASH’ – Guitar
‘LIZARD’ – Guitar
‘EMI’ – Vocals
‘SID’ – Bass

Logical Terror Background:
Almost Human is the debut album of the metal/industrial band Logical Terror.

It can be defined as an interactive trip between real and virtual life: a concept album divided in episodes which each compare man and his destiny, ever changing in form and substance but indestructible in his moral principles.

In this journey man acts as a secret agent and questions himself on his role in modern society. He compares himself with divine entities, struggles against nothingness and fights against environmental devolution succeeding in his goal to free the only form of artificial life which is able to help him restore the balance that man has contaminated with his thirst of fame and power. The concept expressed in the lyrics is backed by cutting and roaring riffs, cybernetic rhythms accompanied by synthetic melodies. It’s a captivating mix of industrial electro and modern metal.

Melodious voices paired with distorted and acidic screams create a convincing tool which captures the listener’s attention. Circuits that plough through stones in a future not to far away…There is nothing left but to feel a Logical Terror.

– Logical Terrors profile on Liquid Militia web site:

– Check out their photo album:

Listen to these great music samples from Logical Terror:
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– FaceBook link:!/pages/LOGICAL-TERROR/139580695521
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