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Finishing The Build & Installing Sponsor Logos On My 2014 Rickter Evo-1

January 10th, 2014

evo1tcbuiltLast weekend I drove up to my sponsor and fellow pro freerider Taylor Curtis’s house. He has sponsored me for 2014 by completely assembling my new Rickter FR2 Evo-1 with all of my provided components through his business T.C. Freeride. We had a few issues with ignition which set us back a few days but we were able to water test it for 10 minutes and I am in love with this new Rickter! The Blowsion Evo Tubbies truly make this hull handle incredible. The DASA Racing 10mm 1000cc engine hits really hard with minor tuning left to do.  I can not wait to try this out in the surf this weekend!

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Sponsor Logos by Liquid Militia

lmgraphicsEverything about my career riding, the new Rickter I am now riding, and the travels/events I participate in are not possible without the support from all of my great industry Sponsors. I took my Evo down to my friends and sponsors at Liquid Militia Clothing to vinyl cut all of my custom size sponsor logos. After a long night with lots of measuring and plotting we got the ski completely loaded up with my sponsors.

 

Now its time to drive back up to Taylor Curtis’s house to meet up with the rest of the TC Freeride team to finish the rest of the team’s skis, load up the trailer and depart for the 2014 Daytona Beach Freeride event!

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Thank you for your support and see you in Daytona!

Mark Gomez Riding a T.C. Freeride built Rickter FR2 Evo-1 Debuting at 2014 Daytona Freeride Event Jan 16th

December 28th, 2013

talking-to-rick-royAt the World Finals in Lake Havasu this year, I had a chance to discuss my 2014 goals with a few companies and current sponsors to work out a program that would mutually benefit my own riding and the ability to make it to more events as well, in order to best represent the combined sponsors that I have. I had the opportunity to have a long discussion with Rick Roy, the man behind his own factory in Thailand creating professional grade Freestyle hulls at RICKTER-RRP. I also had the opportunity to ride what will be close to my set up at body beach thanks to Taylor Curtis of T.C.Freeride, this is when I knew this would be the ski I can do damage with. After further discussions over emails, Rick and I came to a great sponsorship agreement as I am officially now riding for RICKTER- RRP for 2014.

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 My 2014 RICKTER FR2 Evo-1 Hull:

mgevo2014-2I am going to be riding a unique heavy duty infused Carbon Fiber White Base/Blue RICKTER FR2 Evo-1 hull with factory integrated Blowsion Destroyer Evo Tubbie front sponsons.

I had an opportunity to ride the Blowsion Rickter Evo-1 with their tubbies installed and what I felt is that it allowed the Evo to lean over to pivot on the tubbies and roll through the turns which suits my style of riding. Rick welcomed my feedback and preference and even offered to help install these at the factory to have it look one with the ski, which came out extremely nice in my opinion. Besides the tubbies, the Evo 1 has the other advantages to the hull design such as being -6 inches shorter than a yamaha superjet, nose mounted handlepole bracket/pivot point, low profile hood for stronger hull design, swooping front nose rocker and bond line rail, and rear rocker which is adjustable by removable sponsons, improved pump intake design, and much more.

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 Hydro-Turf

mgevo2014hydroturftraymainAll Rickter hulls come with Rickter brand EVA installed on the hulls from the factory. EVA, is better known as traction matting or “Turf”. Being that one of my main and most valued sponsors for the last 6 years is Hydro-Turf, I Sent out my own assortment of Hydro-Turf’s unique cut and color mating to be installed at the factory in Thailand. I sent their Blue on white 2-Tone Waffle Cut for the rails/sides of the tray and White Waffle cut for the base to be laid on top of their 26mm Plush Underpad and a 1″ Kick Tail Wedge. Hydro-Turf not only looks unique with all of the available cuts and colors, but also has always offered me the most superior, durability and traction in the most harsh and slippery conditions. The 26mm Plush Underpad provides crucial support to my body as it absorbs the high impact energy from big air landings and flat lands which happen from time to time in the surf.  Without Hydro-Turf’s underpad, a lot of riders including myself, would not be walking away from the things they throw. The 1″ Kick Tail Wedge. has become vital to my riding offering me the leverage and allows my heel to drive into it so I can stay locked in during hard slashes and turns. The RRP Factory surprised me yet again with a custom integrated EVA shaped front foothold into the front of my tray.

Hydro-Turf will also be supporting me to make it possible to attend many events including a few tour stops on the International IFWA Freeride Tour! Thank you Hydro-Turf!

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Engine by DASA Racing – 1000cc

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This year I will be going skyward with the insane power from my new DASA built 10mm stroke 1000cc billet power valve 2 cylinder engine. Kyle Kennedy, watercraft division manager at DASA, agreed to support me for 2014 by building me an engine that will deliver an insane amount of power for my surf riding and I will also be able to perform flat water back flips my new Rickter. This will make my Rickter a modern “all around” performance jetski for my 2014 planned season of both surf and flat water events. I will not be competitive in any flatwater freestyle classes by CC limit but the overall goal is to be able to perform to the best of my ability with any water conditions I come across. Thank you Kyle & DASA!

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Magnum Pump by Skat-Trak set up by Impros

skat155magpumpTo get this Rickter airborne I need to process the water that my DASA engine is spooling up, this calls for the new Skat Trak 155mm Magnum pump. I am really thankful for David at Impros for being my standing Impeller sponsor over the last few years. He has always taken care of me and this year I am happy to say that I am maintaining that relationship with the added and now combined sponsorship of both Impros Impellers and Skat-Trak.  Both have come together to support me with this 155 Magnum pump. Thanks to Michelle and Glen at Skat Trak for getting it done for me in such a rushed time frame! Another big thanks goes out to Brian Vergin and Chris Anyzeski at Thrust Innovations for supporting me this year with some of his custom products including the 155mm EZ-Flow Pro Trim kit. This Trim system is the best design currently in the industry which will help me bring back flips around on flat water and create better set up wakes.

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My Rickter Built by Taylor Curtis (T.C. Freeride)

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Taylor Curtis is a pro freerider I have looked up to since I first got involved. Taylor has made his name in the industry through his aggressive power surfing, big wave riding, insane surf re-entries, and now for building pro level Rickter Jetskis, including my own through his business T.C Freeride. My Rickter hull and components are currently at Taylor’s shop getting assembled. These Rickters do not reach their full potential unless they are built right. Taylor has the extensive knowledge working hand and hand with RRP over the last few years through the developments in freestyle technology. I am absolutely stoked to know that my Rickter is going to be “Taylor made,” and will be dialed in perfectly by T.C. Freeride! Thank you for supporting me Taylor!

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WORX Racing Components

worxgarynemmaGary and Emma Watson have recently taken over and are currently re-branding WORX Racing Components. Gary Watson has been in the PWC scene for years doing amazing research and development to create professional components in order to make some of the fastest skis coming out of Australia. They have taken me under their wing as one of my major 2014 sponsors. I will be running their new WORX 242 Rickter Scoop grate as well as a few other new developing components. WORX is also a massive support to help me travel this year to compete on the IFWA Freeride tour! Thank you very much for your extended support WORX!

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Cold Fusion

cloldfusionmidshaftCarl Gramberg of Cold Fusion has been supporting me since 2010 with his incredible and innovative billet products. I will be running the Cold Fusion Yamaha Midshaft assembly, Billet Electrical Box with Lexan cover, Billet hood prongs, Fuel Filters and much more! Carl makes some of the most reliable parts in the industry which I always trust in my skis. Thank you for your support Carl!

Hot Products Support

hotproductsandrrpThanks to Tom Perry and Scott Saito Hot Products USA I have two new 46mm Mikuni Carburetors along with a laundry list of other parts to put this Rickter together. Hot Products is also the USA distribution center for all RRP products helping me communicate and get the parts that I need during this tight deadline. I would not have been able to pull this build off without Hot Product’s support and networking in 2014.

First Stop: Daytona Beach Freeride Jan 16th 2014

tanner-and-iOn January 10th my Alaskan brother in freeride and fellow Rickter/Liquid Militia Clothing team mate Tanner Thomas flies in from his rock in Ketchikan Alaska to Taylor Curtis’s house. We will help Tanner finish his new Evo-1, load up the Rickter support trailer with all of the West Coast Rickter team skis and drive the 5,500 mile round trip to the Grand Seas Resort for the 2014 Thrust Innovations Daytona Beach Freeride event and back. Look for Tanner, the Rickter Freeride team, and I at the RICKTER team trailer on the beach at the 2014 Daytona Beach Freeride. See you guys there!

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More updates to come very soon!

-Mark

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IJSBA World Finals 2013 – Lake Havasu, AZ

October 14th, 2013

I traveled to Lake Havasu city to meet up with my race family, KMG Racing. With a fresh new graphic wrap our Kommander Industries powered 1200 SXR was ready to rock and roll for my Amateur ski open motos. With a 7th place first moto finish followed by a hard driving 2nd moto with a 1st place finish put me in 3rd place over all in the world in my class! I also got on the line for Vintage 550 race class. I put up a strong fight to get the lead in the 1st moto when my brothers engine decided to stop working doing down the line for the 3rd lap which put an end to my vintage racing for the year. During the entire weekend I was in the WORX Racing Components booth representing the brand signing posters and selling my Gomer Bomb Floating sunglasses. I also supported young Brazilian rider David Prado by loading him my Matrix freeride ski to compete in Amateur freestyle. At the end of the weekend I got to enjoy Monday at body beach,  riding all of the industries best built flat water skis. Especially one ski that set my sights for my 2014 choice of ski..  Thank you to all of my family, friends, and my Sponsors who have supported me all year. 2014 Sponsorship and plans TBA soon..

Click here or the photo bellow to view my 2013 IJSBA World Finals Photo Album

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Visit with Seabreacher & Jetovator Crew 2013

September 12th, 2013

On my way home from Surfslam I made a stop at Lake Shasta to meet up with Rob Innes and his crew at Seabreacher/Jetovator. I got to test out the latest SeaBreacher X model which is a submersible shark powered by a sea-doo 255 engine and driveline. I also got to spend some time doing some aircraft carrier style landings and take offs piloting the Jetovator jet flight system they make. Both were an incredible experience and really futuristic feeling fun. Thanks again to the guys at Jetovator for making this possible for me!

Click here or the photo bellow to view my Day with Jetovator and SeaBreacher Photo Album

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Pro MotoSurf Race Podium at Blowsion SurfSlam 2013 – Pacific City, OR

September 9th, 2013

Leading up to this event I spent 2 solid weeks completely rebuilding my Matrix jetski repairing hull damage and worn out engine components to prepare for the “super bowl” of my jetski season, the 2013 Blowsion SurfSlam Pro Motosurf Contest.  Another 16 hour drive later I returned to Pacific City, Oregon to compete in Pro Freeride. I qualified 1st but was put in an incredibly tough bracket put up against 2 of the best riders in the contest right away. Falling short of both victories by split decision, I picked myself up, looked forward, and channeled my frustration and anger to charge hard toward winning the Pro Motosurf race and “Dash for Cash” race. Thank you to my main supporting sponsor Hydro-Turf, for making this trip possible for me.

Click here or the photo bellow to view my 2013 Blowsion SurfSlam Photo Album

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Hot Products Cup Lake Perris Race 2/2 2013 – Perris, CA

August 26th, 2013

A week after my return from Grayland, I loaded up my Matrix and brother’s 550 and I drove down to the final local race of the season at Lake Perris, CA. This was an exciting event after burning up my brothers entire 550 exhaust system due to a clogged cooling restrictor jet, I was able to get it all back together with the help of a bunch of friends on site. A loose clamp popped off during the 1st 550 moto lap 2 while i was in 1st place. To maintain the lead I threw off the hood and finished the last 3 laps of the race to keep my lead and finish 1st! My Amatuer ski Open motos went a little more smooth motor wise thanks to KMG Racing finishing out 3rd overall. I also competed in freestyle and came out first! One of my busiest and most fun race days so far.

Click here or the photo bellow to view my Lake Perris Race 2/2 2013 Race Photo Album

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Grayland Open AM Freeride Contest 2013 – Grayland, Washington

August 20th, 2013

Thanks to the organization of Dan Lindgren director of the event and the support of the city of Grayland I was flown to Seattle and picked up by Tanner Thomas to announce for the 3rd year at the Grayland Open AM Freeride contest in Grayland, Washington. Thanks to Tanner , I was able to have my Matrix freeride ski there to ride with and help coach riders on certain riding aspects during the freeride clinic before the contest.

Click here or the photo bellow to view my Grayland Open 2013 Event Photo Album

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H2X Show at 101st Calgary Stampede – Calgary, Canada 2013

July 8th, 2013

After leaving the race in Sparks, I continued up north to meet up with my buddies Tanner Thomas, Chris Rosner, and Jace Forest to perform in the 2 week H2X water show at the 101st Calgary Stampede in Canada. 14 hour days 4-7 shows a day for 2 weeks was one of the coldest but coolest experiences we have been able to be apart of. I rode my Matrix Freeride ski in freestyle segments of the show and operated for my friend Andre on the Flyboard. The trip had its hard times but overall was another incredible international experience that jetskiing made possible for me.

Click here or the photo bellow to view my H2X Stunt Show – Canada Event Photo Album

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UWP National Tour Stop Race – Sparks, NV 2013

July 2nd, 2013

On my way up north to a stunt job in Calgary, Canada. I made a mission to drive up a little early to compete at the UWP/IJSBA national tour stop race in Sparks, NV. Thanks to Brian Edwards and the crew at Bullet Racing, I was able to race Amateur ski open on a full blown 1200 Bullet V2 Kawasaki SXR hull. I ended up racing myself in Vintage 550, and I also rode with Daniel Martin and Jace Forrest in Freestyle on my Matrix. An eventful weekend seeing lots of industry friends and leaving with top 3 position titles in all of my classes! Next stop, Canada!

Click here or the photo bellow to view my UWP Sparks National Tour Stop Race Event Photo Album

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Hot Products Cup Lake Perris Race 1/2 2013 – Perris, CA

June 22nd, 2013

One of my favorite races of the year.. since its so close ha! I turned up with my race family, KMG Racing. We had a rough 2 motos because of a sudden head o-ring leak. I ended up riding in the freestyle segment with guest Pro Freestyle rider Daniel Martin who managed to not kill me multiple times while barrel rolling his KDX1200 over me. To attempt to and do something as cool as that I took the Jettribe promo girl out for a hood ride 😉 overall it was a fun event.

Click here or the photo bellow to view my Lake Perris Round 1/2 Race Event Photo Album

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