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First Superflip and Variations Pulled off in Oceanside Video & Photos

Friday, April 4th, 2014

mgindianairThanks to my friends Zack Bright Ross Champion and Brock Taylor for the coaching and Chris Rosner for letting me borrow his superflip bars I was able to go out to my surf stomping grounds outside of Oceanside harbor and make it happen.

The concept of the superflip is extremely gnarly. Go for a backflip, kick your feet out as you leave the lip, when fully extended upside down in the air leverage yourself back into the tray using the superflip bars on your wrist to attempt to safely land the trick. There was not much of a way to ease into it other than to simply commit to the trick and go for it.mgcanflip
It for sure helps to know that my 2014 Freeride jet ski I am riding is beyond capable of this and many other gnarly tricks.
I am riding a Rickter FR2 EVO-1 Hull with DASA 1000cc Engine pushed by a Skat-Trak 155 pump assembled by Impros. All put together by TC Freeride. The Superflip Levers I am using are Ross Champion/Cold Fusion superflip bars which are no longer available.

This video and everything I do though out the year is made possible thanks to WORX Racing Components and Hydro-Turf.
Thanks for supporting me!
-MG

Cover Shot made in March/April Edition of JetSki Magazine

Friday, February 28th, 2014

JetSki Magazine International put me on the cover of their March/April Publication!
mgcoverjsm2014The shot is a surf re-entry captured at the 2014 Daytona Freeride event by my friend and lovely photographer, Mel Smith.
JetSki Magazine is an international online publication available via smartphones, Tablets, and PC’s.

Riding as part of the Champion Freeride Team: Introducing Champion Timepieces by Cold Fusion & Ross Champion

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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3 x world IFWA champion, professional freerider, and my good friend Ross Champion has teamed up with Carl Gramberg of Cold Fusion to create an exciting new business venture called “Champion Timepieces.”

From Ross’s Introductory blog on Championtimepieces.com:

promo1_imageCarl Gramberg and I (Ross Champion) are extremely happy to finally be able to announce Champion Timepieces. Champion Timepieces is a watch company with a vision for building a brand strongly rooted in jet ski culture that will be shared with the world.

We have been working hard the past 13 months on developing the company’s first entry in to the world of watch making the “ Fusion.” We are very proud to be able to announce this venture, along with the Fusion at this year’s Daytona Freeride.

If you are reading this, chances are our first model was made specifically for you. We created the Fusion to be an authentic representation of the culture that so much of our lives revolve around. To do that we use many of the same materials and manufacturing techniques in building the Fusion that have made our world of high performance watercraft what it is today.

My role as part of the Champion Freeride Team

Click here or the photo bellow to check out my Champion Timepieces profile

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Ross has hand picked 10 Pro Freeriders to represent the brand and lifestyle of Champion Timepieces. I am honored to be considered one of those 10 riders next to other iconic Freeriders and good friends such as Randy Laine, Marc Sickerling, Mike Serlin, Zack Bright, Jake Bright, Darin Andersen, Jake Montadon, Pete McAfee, as well as Ross and Carl themselves. Not only is it an incredible honor to ride apart of a team with such caliber of riders but Ross has been a massive influence on my progress and success over the last few years, I am excited to help Ross make this dream of his grow like he has done for mine.

1st Stop.. Champion Freeride Team takes on Mexico to Film

From Champion Timepieces site:
The Champion Freeride Team is getting together earlier in the month along with Fullgaz’s Ludo Mouveau and Pro Rider’s Ronny Mac for a production that will take us deep in to Mexico in search of perfect empty surf in the most remote Baja back country. In this project sponsored by Blowsion, Champion Timepieces, Cold-Fusion and Burn Industries, we will capture what freeride is about in its most pure form, and all that goes into planning and pulling off a trip off of this magnitude with 9 of the world’s best riders and 3 incredible media guys.

Join the Champion Timepieces Launch Party in Estero Beach, Mexico Feb 22nd-23rd

From Champion Timepieces site:
On behalf of Champion Timepieces I would like to invite all our friends and freeride family to the Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada, Mexico for our Fusion release party on Feb 22nd and 23rd.

Click here or the photo of the resort bellow for more details

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I don’t know what I am more excited about.. to be apart of something so awesome or the fact that its all going down bringing all of my closest friends in freeride together to party and ride in Mexico on my 24th birthday! Stoked!! thank you again Ross!

Keep an eye out for some incredible footage to come!

-MG

Recipient of 2013’s All -around Rider of the Year Award by ProRider Watercraft Magazine

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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I am extremely grateful to announce that the staff at ProRider Watercraft Magazine have selected me to be the “2013 All -around Rider of the Year.” This was released in the January 2014 Issue debuted at the 2014 Daytona Beach Freeride event.
This is a huge honor which I have worked my butt off to achieve by chasing my dream and passion for riding stand up jet skis in all aspects I come to enjoy, Freeriding, Racing, and Freestyle. It’s all been a great learning experience. Each aspect has challenged me to better myself and work on areas of my riding that ultimately have helped to support every one of them all together without realizing it.

A big thank you to my supporting 2013 Sponsors and ProRider Watercraft Magazine who made this possible for me:
Kommander Industries, Hydro-Turf, Liquid Militia Clothing, Impros, WORX, Blowsion, Cold Fusion, Trinity Composites, Bomber Eyewear, Hot Products, Performance Fiberglass, Pacific Motorsports, and my older brother Philip Gomez.

6 years, from Rookie to Pro.. Thank you Ross & Joe

2008 Joe Kenney Rookie of the year AwardReceiving this award means the world to me because 6 years ago I received the one and only 2008 Joe Kenney Rookie of the Year Award at the annual October JK Freeride event presented by Ross Champion and Joe himself. Receiving this award from these guys was the biggest surprise and most considerate thing they could do for a kid fresh out of high school who was now able to travel, ride, and at that point became 110% stoked on the dream of riding professionally with these guys. It really kicked me into gear having the belief and support of the top guys, even if it was only meant as a kind simple gesture.

Fast forward 6 years later and here I am now… Joe, Ross,  anyone else who was behind that award back in 2008, and anyone who has ever supported me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so very much!

-Mark Gomez

 

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

Friday, 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

Saturday, 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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