The Daytona Freeride Family
Coung Son Backflip from Team Weekend (Left) Daytona Beach Freeride (Right)
Daytona Freeride, my escape to white sand and good clean fun with my friends. This year was no different, my trip started on Thursday morning. As my family dropped me off at the airport, I know that I will miss them greatly so I held each of them tight for as long as I could. Saying good bye to them is never easy, but my wife said that I deserve it and to go enjoy myself.
El Niño has provided me with a window of perfect weather for the journey out east. During my layover in Charlotte NC, I ran into Kyle Kenedy from DASA, one of the biggest supporter’s of our sport and one of my favorite sponsors. We chatted the entire ﬂight to Daytona. It was great to be able to catch up on what’s going on at DASA.
As Friday morning approached, I was so excited that I could no longer sleep. I snuck out of the room as the Lawlor Brothers (Randy & Brandon) were still snoring away. Although it was pouring outside I couldn’t wait to see everyone. One of the ﬁrst people I saw was my good friend Helen Murph working at the sign in booth. Helen and her husband Mark are from Chicago, they have been traveling to Pismo for the last two decades to enjoy the Paciﬁc Ocean. In my mind they are the true free riders, spreading good vibes where ever they go.
The Dayona Freeride, always good to meet up with the freeride family
Always Industry Peeps at The Daytona Freeride
Checking Out the Latest Hulls
Tigercraft Hull on Display
I was bummed that I was not able to bring my ski this year but my fellow riders made sure that I still have a good time by graciously lending me their skis. The ﬁrst ski I rode was a TigerCraft SV-1 with a foot strap. I must have rode that thing for almost an hour. It was great being out in the water saying hello to everyone. During my two days of riding, I had the chance to ride 4 TigerCraft SV-1, 2 FreeForms, Krash Predator, the all new Krash 50 Cal., Superfreak Titan, Toby 1, and a Blowsion Rickter Edge.
Tigercraft that I was bummed to leave in Cali
Cuong giving the Salty Investments Krash hull a rip
As I reﬂected on the highlights of the weekend. Top of the list was dinners with my Freeride family. We shared stories
Robin of RHAAS and I
about how we became hooked in this sport and why we love it so much. We talked about future events and how we can all meet up again. Second on that list was able to say “thank you” to my sponsors in person. I hung out with Brian at Thrust Innovations and checked out the billet goodness in his booth. He was nice enough to let me lift a carbon Superfreak Circus over my head, it’s one of those thing that I’ve always wanted to do. Had an amazing conversation with Robin and his daughter at RHAAS
Thanks to Blowsion for a Ride
Products. Took pictures with Tony at TigerCraft and checked out the new FV-1. A big thanks to the guys at Blowsion for allowing me to ride their awesome creations. Talked with Arno at Hydro-Turf, attempted to hang his banner outside my window but was not successful due to the hotel staff. Hung out with my master tuner TNT Tim. Even though my crew at Liquid Militia was not able to make the trip, they were with me the entire time. The third highlight was a conversation I had with a fellow rider. He told me that he was going through some health issues and this might be his last Freeride. My heart sank as he was conﬁding in me, I didn’t know what to say, my eyes teared up. He told me not to worry, he has a great plan to overcome his illness. He thanked me for listening. I gave him a big hug and told him that we will see each other again next year.
2016 Daytona Freeride has come to an end, but not without many new memories and soreness. I would like to also thank my Freeride family for making the sport so special to me. I’m already planning for next year, see you all again -CS
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Special Thanks to Mel Smith Photography for some of the killer shots in this post.