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.
Grayland Open Words from the amateurs who are ripping
Grayland open 2016 was one for the books for sure! I came into this event ready to throw down. I spent days and weekends practicing with friends and my Delta Freeride Crew. We traveled to Pismo Beach, our local training spot, almost every weekend leading up to the comp putting in a lot of hours riding and working on my ski.
Pismo training sessions going down
The crew at pismo, the last trip before Grayland.
Bryan working on his skills for the Grayland.
I traveled to Washington with my girlfriend Rheanna, and my buddy Neil. We piled into our motor home and hooked up the trailer and off we went. After a 14 hour drive from Cali to our amazement, we showed up to great weather and great waves. I was pumped!
Bryshady, Rhe, and Neil ready to the hit the Grayland express.
Practice Thursday couldn’t have been any better leading me into Friday for qualifiers. I qualified 2nd on Friday which brought me to Saturday heats. I was the last heat of the day which couldn’t come any quicker. They pulled up a rookie to compete in the amateur class which allowed Sean Starr to have a by while the rest of us amateurs competed to get to the top spots.
During my first heat, I started running into ski issues. All weekend after every heat I spent hours pulling carbs off, studs out, intake, replacing gaskets and lock-tightening everything in order to get back into my heat. Thanks to Blowsion for their 12mm wrench that I used all weekend!
With the hours of working on my ski I pushed through all my heats. With Saturday ending, leading into Sunday with the same issues. After every heat my ski kept me constantly wrenching with my buddy Neal by my side. Even though my ski wasn’t running perfect, I was making it work.
I went up against Damien Morgan, we both had a great run but I ended up coming out with the win which moved me into the finals for 1st and 2nd place against Sean Starr!
I came into that heat pumped and ready to give it my all. After my friends pumped me up on the side lines I was ready to shred. I went out with huge surf and great waves. I pulled multiple flips, can flips, 1 footed flip rolls, under flips, re-entries, 180 can stabs, no hand can stabs and more. Hands down one of the best runs I have ever had.
Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa – Photo By Chris Marks
Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa | Photo By: Chris Marks
Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa – Photo By Chris Marks
I didn’t even know for one minute that Sean had ski issues. I was so focused on throwing down a solid run doing what I live for. I seen him go down once or twice and just kept putting it down to the ocean! I was pumped off my run.
Bryan Bourassa wins the amateur comp for the 2016 Grayland Open
The judges, fans, and friends came up to me and told me it was a great run, being the highest scored all weekend. The run was everything they expected for the overall win in the final for the amateur class! Nothing made me more Pumped and I appreciate everyone’s words and help.
Overall it was hands down a great weekend. Nothing but fun times and good riding.
I am now getting ready for this year 2016 Blowsion Surf Slam!! Looking forward to it and seeing everyone there!
Marissa, Zack, Sean, and Spark loaded and on the road.
This weekend was one for the books guys! Grayland open 2016 was off the hook. Starting off the trip, the legend ZB and I met up here in Orcutt my hometown nn Tuesday night to cruz for a bit and go over the mission ahead. First thing Wednesday AM Zack my home girl Marisa and I headed out to the TC Freeride shop in Paso Robles to meet up with Taylor Curtis to get the rig dialed in and ready for the road. After loading up myself, Zack Bright, Mark Gomez and Abraham Ho’s skis, gear bags, gas cans, and any other stuff we needed. We got the rig all dialed in and gassed up. We headed out of Paso on Wednesday afternoon headed for Grayland, amping to get to the event.
Pinned the whole way, switching off driving between me and Zack we drove through the night finally getting to the beach at about 11am on Thursday morning. 20hrs after leaving Paso, showing up on the beach was a great feeling to have made it safe and sound. Vibes were high, not a lot of sleep and not many people there yet but I was amping and itching to get in the water.
Sean Starr’s jet ski set up on the beach.
Sean Starr Practice Session in Pismo prior to arriving in Grayland, WA.
Nervous none the less from jumping from the rookie class last year to the am class in just a few months just barely getting flips around, I felt like I still had some major practice to do. After getting our rig unloaded and deciding to do my part to help set up the event venue was stoked to be helping such a great event. All the while, I was just itching to ride. Got a few guys together and launched the skis for a much needed squirt to wash the road trip off and get the bugs out! Time to bash some lips and huck some shit!
Sean Starr at the riders meeting 2016 Grayland Open.
Rolling around Friday morning at about 10:30 the rider meeting went down and we all went over the game plan for the contest and running heats, brackets, and heat times. yada, yada, yadda.. Then all of a sudden, I was asked to judge by Zack and Mark for Fridays heats until I had to ride my heat. That being such a rad opportunity for me all I could say was chooooooot. So yea, that was sick, I got to learn a lot about what the judges see from up top and what they are looking for. I had a rad time cruising up top with the big dogs until the amateur qualifying heats rolled around with my heat being first. I suited up, threw my helmet on, and was amping like none other. The buzzer goes off and it’s me in the first heat kicking off the am class for the weekend I threw it down and did what I do best, surf riding, wall bashing and squeezed in whatever big airs I could chuck after my 6 min heat, beached the ski and was done for the day.
Then proceeding to the rest of the days qualifying heats after the day was over the whole freeride family met up at the Cranberry Road Winery and got nice and sauced up with some good beer flowin. It was good to catch up with everybody and BS for a bit. Later in the night we all got hit with some very rough news from the Blowsion crew and the freeride fam about the passing of Blowsion owner and legend John Dady needless to say we all came together like we always do to do what we could to keep on trucking with the event.
Sean Starr Qualified 1st. He’s stoked
Saturday morning heats kicked off at about 11am and it was crunch time, it was elimination day, after the riders meeting they announced qualifying scores and the days heats. Looking at the heats paper, I had to do a double take. I qualified first in my class with a score of 64, whaaat… Going up against some serious shredders. I was freaking stoked!! and because of that I seated myself into the quarter finals. Going up against Matt Carte for my quarter final heat I scored some good waves and tuned in. They announced that I won the heat moving on to the semis yewww…
The rest of the days heats rolled on to the days end. Time to crack some cold ones with the crew and celebrate the good day. Wrapping up the night we head back to the cabin and catch some Z’s and get ready for the next day. Waking up Sunday, was sick in it’s self, I’m here, I’m riding today, I made it this far, lets get it going. Just frothing for my heats, showing up to the beach Sunday morning was nerve-racking, but I had to put that BS aside and just keep doing me and stick to my riding. In my semi heat, I ended up going up against east coast shredder Josh Bridges. Stressing in my own head knowing this dude kills it, we launched our skis and kicked off our heat. The buzzer goes off and its on! Doing what I can to get waves and put together some tricks. I look over, he’s throwing huge no handed rolls and no handed backflips and I’m like chit, time to turn on the gas. Was such a good heat, Bridges and I were killing it. I was getting some good ones out in the back sets with some solid surf riding and I managed to get a one handed roll, backflip, and underflip with some surf riding waves or 2 in-between. Then I over rotated a big flip bad in this heat. It took some time for the judges to figure out who was moving on to the final. I took the win and moved on.
I was amping so hard not knowing how I pulled it off, it was a go!!! My first am contest and I’m in the final!!! 20 minutes later it was what it all came down to, me and my good riding buddy and shredder Bryan Bourassa in the am final. We launched our boats and waited for the buzzer searching for a peak out in the back. The lollipop turns green and the final is on. I see a wave and freakin bash this thing till theirs nothing left, I pin my ski back out to get another wave on the super hollow inside section and sent a megaaa can re-entry right into the sand to my death… Within the first minute of the heat I’m down and maybe out. I come up and my lanyard is not on my ski and not on my arm I guess it decided to go for a swim haha leaving me and my ski dead in the water.
The rescue ski tried to pull me in but when hooking me up he gassed it too hard and snapped my tow rope. Once again I’m dead in the water and not able to start my ski. I sunk my boat, drifting about 1/4 mile south down the beach watching Bryan ride the rest of the heat to the top spot on the podium.
Grayland Open amateur podium top 4.
That was a bit of an upset for me, not to be able to compete in the final and battle it out with my riding mate but all in all I blew myself away with my riding. Being able to ride with these guys who are going big, killing it, and still somehow end up getting to the final and on the podium in my first go at the am class and score second place. The award ceremonies went down and I got back in the water to do what’s best when I’m pissed at myself shred out my frustrations.
I was the last one in the water at the event choooot, haha. We loaded up the rig and left the beach to West Port for a nice dinner at Bennet’s. With some good company before we all parted ways until the Blowsion Surfslam.
Quick pit stop to flush the skis.
Upon departing Grayland, our crew made a pitstop at Seven Feathers Casino and then stopping at Lake Shasta to ride and flush the skis out and let Marisa shred the new boat. The Grayland Open 2016 was one for the books for me with big learning curves to take note’s on and dial in my programming one step at a time. I’m coming in hot guys chyewwwww.
Time Lapse of painting the Freeride Helmet for Grayland Open 2016 winner of the Amateur Class By Daylite Ramsey
2016 Grayland Open Jet Ski Freeride Competition from the Pros
Brandon, Jeff Bolte, and I rode up to the 2016 Grayland Open together. We had a rather smooth trip with three skis on the bed of the truck and two on an open trailer. Josh Bridges shipped his ski to us and we hauled it up for him. We arrived on Wednesday around 5:00pm and quickly hopped into the water. The sun was out, the surf was awesome, and we all felt like it was our best day of ridding in a long time.
Grayland Open road trip for the team. Locked and stacked next stop Grayland.
Liquid Militia Team riders Brandon, Randy, and Jeff set up on the beach.
On Friday we had some great weather and a lot of qualifying to do. The waves were not really throwing to well, everyone was having a little trouble with the surf conditions. It was awesome to see all the familiar faces and also a lot of new riders that I had just meet. The rookie and amateur class looked better then ever. Everyone was pushing them selves and going huge. I had a pretty good qualifying round but I got ejected on a no handed barrel roll that looked a little worse then it felt.
Friday night we were on our way to the winery from dinner when we got the devastating news about John Dady. It came as a complete shock to the entire Freeride community. John was such a great guy and did so much to help and grow our sport.
Lawlor’s 2016 Grayland Open Rig. Truck packed, skis stacked.
Saturday morning we woke up to the good old normal GRAY Grayland. The fog was in and everything was wet. Brandon and I only hung out on the beach until 11:30am which at this point nothing had even started yet because of the fog delay.
Team selfie Thanks DAD!!
We had a family wedding to attend (2 birds one stone). We drove 4 hours south for our cousins wedding in Corvallis, OR. It was a beautiful out door wedding we had a great time catching up with friends and family.
Brandon and I arrived back to the beach Sunday morning by 10:00am to get our skis wet. Big thanks to our Dad for driving, we got to catch up on a little sleep during the drive. Sunday morning the fog was in heavy again.
There was so much to run, we had to get this comp started! We went strait into the consolation and final rounds for rookie, amateur, and sit down. The fog made it difficult to see. The judges had to pay extra attention to make sure they didn’t miss anything. Unfortunately Dan Lindgren smashed his face on the handlebars pretty bad and had to make a trip to the hospital to get checked out and glued back together. This created a little bit of confusion because Dan was running the show. The fog at this point was so bad you could barely see the ocean. The decision was made to go on with the award ceremony and hope the fog would clear enough for us to get some pro rounds in.
Randy Lawlor pumped to ride after that long drive.
Randy Lawlor doing an interview for TV at the 2016 Grayland Open.
It was great seeing some of our fellow Pismo Freeriders up on the podium.
The awards were over and the fog was in as heavy as ever. The final decision was to just do a Pro Jam. The Pro Jams are always fun, all pros went out at the same time and rode for 20 minutes. We feed off each other and push each other so it makes it a lot of fun.
When we came back in we found out the judges couldn’t tell who was who and couldn’t see anything on the back set, so there was no decision made.
As always it was an awesome time Dan Lindgren thank you for everything. Nick Foster thank you, All the judges thank you, thank you to the water rescue, and everyone else that helped make this event happen.
Zack Bright geared up
Grayland was an event I won’t forget. This is the 6th year I’ve been apart of this event and the 5th time I’ve made the drive up to south Canada (aka Grayland Washington). It really never gets easier.
This year I couldn’t get a crew together from Oside to go up and I didn’t want to drive my rig solo so I threw my ski in my truck Tuesday night and drove up to Orcutt, CA to Sean Starr’s house to help him, Marisa, and Spark drive. We woke up early and headed to Taylor’s to get the trailer and the rest of the skis to start our mission up north. We took way longer than expected and got a late start.
The drive went good and we pulled into Grayland around 11am on Thursday. Thursday was the rider clinic and check in day. We hung out on the beach and made our way back to the brand new Bogwater Brewing Co. Then made our way back to the camping grounds.
Big shout out to Neal Smith, Bryan Baroussa and Rihanna for taking me in and letting me stay all weekend in the motor home. Sorry for snoring!
Friday, we knocked out every class’s qualifying. Saturday, we moved through rounds to bring us to Sunday’s finals. Nick Barton couldn’t make it to Judge the event this year so, Chris Grace, Pete Macaffe and myself were the judges for the event (minus pro class). Big thanks to them. It went really well and utilizing nicks forward thinking scoring system, we all came to easy decisions for who advanced to the next round throughout the weekend.
Grayland Open Judging arena
Zack Bright Ski looking fresh
Saturday was a very hard day for me hearing the news that Johnny Dady Mr. Blowsion had passed away and that really put a hit on the entire weekend. We decided to carry on for him but it really affected me and a lot of us out there. Our sport lost a huge supporter and we will never forget him.
The finals went really well. Every year the amateurs and rookies really step it up, and this was no exception with addition to a lot of new riders! Honestly the entire amateur field was killing it. There were 6 guys that could win the event and every rider could podium so it was great watching them duke it out! Congrats to my LM team mates Bryan and Sean for taking 1st and 2nd.
The pro class got fogged out which was a bummer for us but in reality, the event is about the amateurs and growing the sport so I didn’t really care. Huge congrats to LM shredder Jeff Bolte for absolutely killing the masters class. That guy is 54 years old and rides better than most 20 year old’s. Best surf riding all weekend! Dudes a legend!
We loaded up and hit the road after the event and finally stopped at lake Shasta to ride the skis in some fresh water. I’ve always wanted to do that and that was super super fun.
Big thanks to Dan Lindgren and all the supporting sponsors for supporting this event. It has really grown since 6 years ago and I can’t wait to see the next 6 years and help out as much as I can!
Beach vibes, judging, people, the scene.
This was the 1st Grayland Open for me ever. Since I’ve been working out west in California for the summer, I have been able to attend some events that I normally would not be able to attend. I figured since I’m here and can meet up for my boy’s the Lawlor Bros. Lets do Grayland! I decided to enter the contest into the master class. Overall I ended up taking 1st place which was cool, I was just stoked to be able to ride with my friends and have a good time.
Jeff Bolte talking on the mic on the podium 1st place speech.
From the voice of Zack Bright – The beginning of this trip sucked to say the least having our truck take a shit in Texas, then having to rent a U-Haul really sucked. At this point in the trip had me feeling exhausted due to lack of sleep the entire event.
Friday, upon arriving in Daytona, we had pouring rain that turned into beautiful barreling clean waves. The first day is always fun riding around and saying hello to friends on the water you haven’t seen sometimes in a year and sharing the stoke trading waves is best way to do it. I Definitely felt delirious, having not slept, but I still threw some fun stuff down and managed to have a good time.
Saturday, was the contest day and the waves decided to peace out which sucks because it’s hard to do a surfriding contest when the surf is lacking. Went out there and did what I could and flew out of my footstrap on a barrel roll re-entry. I’ll land it some day in that comp… I definitely felt like I could have done a lot more but just had no waves so I was definitely stoked to make it on the podium at all, let alone in 2nd so that was rad!
Immediately after that run, I had to sprint to my krash industries Reaper to ride in the 1st ever fixed steer contest at Daytona. I had a freakin blast out there! The 10 of us all rode at the same time for 5 mins and everyone was just hucking it, it was hectic! I was just trying to go as big as I could and was able to take 1st place in the class. I was stoked to leave with 2 metals!
Launching the Reaper
Flipping the reaper in Daytona
Surf Spray action
Sunday, had the best waves. A cold front rolled in and it got really messy. 5 second intervals that made you so tired but occasional overhead messy bombs that were throwing super hard. Everyone was sending it, and trying to survive it was that “sketchy” kinda fun. I was able to stomp a few barrel roll re-entry’s and tried some flip and spin re-entry’s too, trying these tricks sent me swimming, hahaha but man, it was fun.
Zack Bright is a professional Jet Ski Freerider who has been a part of the Liquid Militia team since he was an amateur. This is a quick edit of random clips from this year’s Pismo Beach Spring Break Freeride.
The 2015 Daytona Freeride has come and gone. We want to give a shout out to one of our dealers Watercraft Superstore who was selling the heck out of our LM tee’s all weekend. And props to Nick for hosting this awesome event, and all our team riders who attended and conquered here is what they had to say about the event.
Daytona Freeride 2015- Jake Bright
Well Daytona Freeride 2015 is in the books and man what an epic trip! My trip started out with towing our Krash and Burn trailer full of skis and supplies for the trip from the west coast. We headed out of sunny California and drove 40 hours straight, only stopping for gas along the way, through snow storms and all until finally we made it to La Playa resort the host hotel of this years Thrust Innovations Daytona Freeride.
Jake Bright fully Loaded Bright Mobile
Lot’s of GAS stops CA to FL
My new Krash Industries Predator which was custom built and painted by Blowsion debuted this at the freeride and Wow, this boat is literally outa this world! With Gold glitter paint, deep purples and oranges accented by custom decals with crazy cosmic like graphics all set off with bright neon green sections and highlights! It all came together for a truly one of a kind paint job that I am honored to have on my ski. I was totally blown away when I feasted my eyes on my new surf weapon for the first time! Of course Blowsion completely surpassed my expectation on this build, every nut and bolt has been meticulously assembled and I couldn’t be any more stoked! I took it straight out and started airing it out and had nothing but a bilge line come loose, amazing build quality.
Jake Bright’s New FRESH Blowsion Paint
On this Predator I’m running the new Blowsion handle pole, with their revolutionary over the pivot steering system which is a must have. I went with a bigger power plant and jet pump, now running a Dasa 1000cc and a 148mm Skat track magnum pump. And of course it has all the Cold fusion parts and accessories you have to have for a solid surf ski.
I had a blast in Daytona riding and sharing waves with friends from all over the US and even a bunch of international riders! This year there was 100 more skis registered to ride and the beach was PACKED!! So many good riders out there, people were flying off waves and slashing apart lips left and right! Such a fun time for everyone on the water! Looking forward to doing it again next year! Cheers
Daytona Freeride 2015- Mark Gomez
My friend, east coast freerider, and professional videographer Seth Zaluski put together this high energy cut covering the action at the Daytona Beach Freeride. His Company is Spectrum Innovations and this is the 2015 Daytona beach freeride video.
Turn up the quality, crank the volume, sit back, and enjoy this video feature!
Every year this event gets bigger and better. I had such a great time seeing and hanging out with all my freeride family. We had good size surf all weekend, with Sunday being the best weather and cleanest surf. What a great start to the season. Stay tuned for big things to come this year.
Brandon Lawlor- Posing
Brandon Lawlor Heading Out- Photo by: Rick Roy/Rickter
Brandon Lawlor- Photo by: Rick Roy/Rickter
Daytona Freeride 2015- Jeff Bolte
Here are some more pics from the 2015 Daytona Freeride. We had a smooth trip down thru the night on Saturday and were met with decent surf and some sunshine Sunday morning. It was time to get the Freeride Preride underway! We got our 1st surfride in of the year and it was fun!t was great to start the year seeing teammates and friends on the beach and at the new host hotel, the LaPlaya. The 10th fl bar was a great meeting place and the king of the beach aquamoto race and surf and style awards were held up there too. I was honored to be in charge of getting the LM team rider care packs to them and the raffle items to Nick, all the boys and I were stoked as well as the lucky raffle winners too! Sunday had the best weather, the surf was clean and the sun was shining brightly. A great end to another Daytona Freeride. Can’t wait to see my Freeride family again at WaveDaze in April!
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.
Chris MacClugage 2014 Sport Class Champion – Photo by Mark Clemons
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:
Bibi’s Ski Carnage
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
Freshly printed Beer Pong table graphics, last minute work on the road…
Blowsion, Prorider, Hydro-Turf, Liquid Militia and Hot Products made the tournament possible.
Let the Tournament begin!
“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:
Tanner Thomas Aqua Moto V Wake Champ
Tanner Thomas Body Beach V-Wake Photo: Aqua Moto Grand Prix
BOLTE DAYTONA RE-CAP: We left DC on Tue after receiving your awesome care package and drove thru 39* rain and heavy traffic to Durham NC to hang with a good friend, wish him happy birthday and break up the drive. Traveling was much better the next day and we arrived in Daytona Wednesday to welcome 80* sunshine. We got checked in cruised around the Grand seas resort to get a feel for the new venue… Much nicer than the Makai… and met up with other riders arriving from all over the globe. Had some drinks and swapped stories with everyone as we all were anticipating the fun weekend ahead.
Photo by: Michelle Stuart-Thompson (Skat-Track)
Woke up Thursday to some small but fun looking surf and got down on the beach to claim a prime spot. Got unpacked and was stoked to ride my new rickter Evo for the first time in the surf. All went well and I was super happy with my new ride. I could tell it was going to elevate my riding with a bit of time on the H2O. After the ride people kept pouring in and then the Liquid Militia gear started flying out of the box! I can tell you that they were all happy with the cool stuff they received.
Bolte's new Ride
Friday brought some heavy NE winds and growing but gnarly surf conditions that made for some hard core sessions and big air and crashes. That night the party got even better as more and more Freeriders arrived. The conditions kept up for Saturdays 1st annual speed and style surf contest where it made it tough for the competitors and the judges for sure. Gomez killed it and won hands down. I rode next and had some ok moves but got cut off a couple times by a unknowing rider… oh well that happens but I had fun anyway. After the contest we (Gomez, Cuong, Zack and Brandon) went out for a ride and were pumping each other by ripping it up. I got stoked and went for it and pulled my 1st back flip in the surf! I guess it was pretty huge as I was awarded the cherry buster trophy sponsored by The Rad Dudes!
Photo By: Suzy Q
Photo by: Michelle Stuart-Thompson (Skat-Track)
Sunday the wind calmed down and the surf was still good. We all rode, swapped skis and checked out some different rides and setups and enjoyed good times with good friends! Most people went to the Ocean Deck for dinner and we took over the top floor. Hot tub party followed as we soaked sore bodies, lubricated and told tales of how much fun was had as we winded down the weekend…. Another Daytona freeride in the books. Hope you can make it next year…we missed you!
Thanks again for all you do! Jeff Bolte
SON DAYTONA RE-CAP:
People really missed you guys in Daytona this year. I promised them that you guys will be there in 2014. I did not get a chance to take any pictures. I only have a few from random people. I had a great time this year and as always already looking forward to next year.
Cuong Son getting a little boost
Photo By: Alex Nikolis
Thanks again for all the support. Cuong Son
__________________________________________________________________________________________________ GOMEZ DAYTONA RE-CAP:
Last weekend I flew to Daytona Beach Florida for my 5th year attending the annual Daytona Beach Freeride. The event was hosted at a new hotel venue the Grand seas resort. With the support of Kommander Industries, I was able to get my Trinity Matrix freeride hull to the event this year.
I was able to ride some killer and expensive freestyle skis at the flat water Friday event.
Saturday I competed in the Moto Option sponsored “Surf & Style” event. Which was a contest only judged on 3 minutes of a riders pure surfing ability. I ended up taking first place in that contest next to some other great surf riders!
Mark Gomez takes 1st place in the surf & Style Contest
Thanks, Mark Gomez
____________________________________________________________________________________________________ BRIGHT DAYTONA RE-CAP:
Zack Bright Hotel Room View
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I had a blast at this years Daytona Freeride always a good time. Got to meet some new people and check out some new set-up’s. Zack Bright