The cherry popper always has some great bails and crashes; it’s one of my favorite things about the Daytona Freeride
By: Joey Morneault
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.
Ronny Mac and Joey partying!
Michelle (Skat-Trak) and Joey at the club
Dinner with friends
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.
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.
Joey and NASCAR
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!