Archive for January, 2012

Continuing Sponsorship with Hydro-Turf / HT Moto 2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Mike Bonin general manager of Hydro-Turf and I

I am happy to announce my continued sponsorship with Hydro-Turf in 2012. I have been sponsored by Hydro-Turf since 2008 when I first started riding and have been building a bigger and better sponsorship relationship as the years have gone by. It is with out a doubt Hydro-Turf products are the best of their kind for Freeride, Racing, and Freestyle applications in the PWC market today. Hydro-turf is now the industry OEM standard for all Yamaha PWC & Jet boats and all Kawasaki PWC’s. With tons on cut pattern options combined with tons of custom and unique color combinations, Hydro-Turf really gives the performance of traction and the unique personality to every stand up or sit down jet ski.  Not to mention their line of custom under padding which provides the crucial key element in injury protection/prevention  from landing some of the big air tricks in the surf. Hydro-Turf has their own line of custom upholstered seats, mat kits, and chinpads under their HT Moto division.

Here are photos of my 2011 Freeride superjet which came to life with
Hydro-Turf’s unique 2 tone color combinations.

I look forward to another great year representing and adding a unique personality to my new Kommander Industries built Trinity Matrix Freeride ski with the continued support of Hydro-Turf. See how you can add a unique personality to your ski using Hydro-Turf Traction products today at www.HydroTurf.com!

Thanks for your support,

-MG

ProRider Watercraft Magazine January 2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

ProRider magazine blew my mind in this issue choosing me as one of 2011’s top 10 Freeriders. I am absolutely stoked and humbled from this, thanks ProRider Magazine! I am also featured in the Impros ad and a new WatCon.com ad.

Click photos to see each page..

Argentina bound in February 2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

I am excited to announce that I will be traveling to Villa Gesell, Argentina February 1st-8th with fellow pro freerider and friend Zack Bright! We have been invited by our friends Pablo Wolf and  Daniel Harry Puddu. Pablo is an outstanding freerider, racer, and also head organizer for most events in Argentina, who is able to arrange such outstanding sponsorship to allow them to invite international riders like Zack and I over every year. The last 2 years they have brought riders such as Ross Champion, Pierre Maixent, Jerry Jones, and Mike Serlin, this is a huge honor to be invited. Harry Puddu is the creator of Jetskilaplata.com.ar and is a travel agent who has coordinated and arranged all of our flights and accommodations. Harry interviewed me for Jet ski la Plata online which was my first online international interview back in 2009 (click here to see the interview).I recently had the opportunity to meet Harry in person when he came  to Oceanside to ride with us last summer.

Zack and I will be Pro Invited Freeriders apart of Argentina’s biggest motosurf race and freeride event of the year, February 4th-5th. Zack will be bringing his girlfriend Kristen, and I will be bringing my girlfriend Bianca who’s entire family is from Argentina. Bianca will be huge support for me breaking through the language barrier I currently have until I become fluent in Spanish. The people of Argentina are going over the top keeping us at a 5 star hotel with all accommodations paid for. My friends Rodry Duran of Rad Jetski, Mai Adams, Leonardo Gomez, and Luis Hernan Corti have all been working hard over the last few months to prepare an awesome Freeride Superjet for me to ride at the event. The sheer generosity and excitement through freeride in Argentina absolutely blows my mind, and I’m not even there yet! It is safe to say I am over the top excited to take off on the 1st of February to see and ride with my new found friends in Argentina. I will briefly update my experience on my website but this entire trip will be covered in an article I will write for the February/March issue of Pro Rider Magazine. If you have not subscribed make sure to do so today at www.Proridermag.com!

 

2012 Daytona Beach Freeride Recap

Friday, January 20th, 2012

This Daytona Freeride was yet another killer trip and way to kick off the new season. I landed Thursday morning in Daytona Beach around 11am and was picked up 1 bag short by Freestyler Michael Petro. Delta had been so kind to leave my personal bag full of my gear and essentials during my layover through Atlanta. Fortunately, they fixed their mistake and had it on the next flight and hand delivered to my hotel room within 6 hours. I cruised up and down the beach Thursday re uniting with old friends and meeting a few new friends as I walked along the beach. I only had my helmet and board shorts so I wasn’t too stoked to jump on any skis without shoes and gear. My friend Scott Stevens threw some large gear on me and got me to ride his modified round nose Superjet with a widened bond line, lowered tray, and minus 2 inches off the hull. That ski handled amazing, it was a bummer having only 1 foot waves to test it on. This was a great little ride to shake out the rust from not riding in a little over 2 ½ months.

That night everyone came together as later flights touched down and people drove in. I met up with Kyla and Ryan of Liquid Militia Clothing, and my hotel room mates DJ and Natalie Graham, Chris Anyzeski, Kevin Colins of LegDrag, and many more. We all ended up crashing Kyla and Ryan’s hotel room as friends would come in and out, some familiar and some new faces. I would then find myself harassing some of the drunkards on the 3rd floor balcony of the hotel with my RC helicopter which was really fun. It escalated to a helicopter dog fight when my friend Drew Supon brought his RC helicopter to the party. I got too blood thirsty after the first take down of his chopper and ended up loosing control and braking some parts on mine ending the dog fight permanently.

On Friday I decided to change gears of my Daytona freeride experience a bit since my recent participation in the flat water freestyle scene. I got myself a ride and spent the day at local Lake Diaz for “Flat Water Friday”.  There had to have been well over $160,000 in full blown top dollar freestyle skis along the lake side. Freestyle riders from all over would ride all the different brand and styles throwing down the baddest flat water tricks and then going huge off the periodical double boat wake sessions. I got to ride quite a few skis, and the one I had the most fun on was amateur freestyler Daniel Martin’s brand new X-Metal KDX 900. This ski was hands down the most powerful 900cc power plant I have ever ridden so far. Flat water back flips were as simple as pulling the trim and throttle and screaming, “WeeeEEEE!!!” all the way around. That night I went out to dinner with the New York Crew at the Crazy Horse restaurant which was full of laughs as always. We then waddled over to Dimitri’s Greek restaurant where I ran into familiar new arrivals like Mike and Arno of Hydro-Turf and many other friends. It was all fun and games until someone (as in me) got iced… Thanks Liquid Militia and Team Xtreme ya bastards!

On Saturday I finished up the final touches on the Yamaha superjet Kevin Colins of Legdrag brought back for me to ride and was the 3rd person on the water. The year before, I had brought my own shortened handlepole and steering system making the superjet very familiar and comfortable for me to adapt to. Kevin did his best, but was only able to find a stock length pole which after 30 minutes of riding left me very frustrated as I could not get back into the saddle of control and comfort in my riding. I brought the Superjet in and was given permission to ride my friend Scott Stevens Red Trinity Matrix ski. This is the Matrix that I had rode the year before that helped me choose what hull I would use.

After 10 minutes of riding his Matrix, I felt completely back in control and in my groove. I was able to ride fast and technical, slash lips faster without pearling, and over all I just felt unstoppable. I ended up loving this ski so much, I rode it all day! I also took it to the line of the Motosurf race where I raced it in the open ski class. Having an X-Scream 865cc engine with a 148 Magnum pump and short ride plate, it was fast as hell yet it was not the most ideal race set up. The hull handled extremely well, except for when I would jump waves all the power behind the ski would make it want to jump back up nose high. Scott and I tried to modify the ski with a longer ride plate which helped but still wasn’t quite enough to balance the power in the water. I believe I ended up 4th place and 5th place in the two motos.

Between the two races I rode in the sickest trick contest. Pro Freerider Taylor Curtis blew everyone’s mind on his Rickter XF-R when he stomped a back flip re-entry also known as an under flip re-entry. I was up next after him with two minutes to stomp something more amazing than an under flip re entry with crap for waves. I managed to get 3rd place for either the No handed barrel roll I threw, or the 2 rail grab re entries I did.

Booster Nugget, the 2011 15 year old amateur freeride champion Christian Young, took 2nd place with a solid look back surf stance barrel roll and back flip. Everyone packed up their skis and head up to the tower of power hosted by promoter Mikey Young for the awards and raffle. It was there where I received my 3rd place trophy and bought $40 in raffle tickets only to come out with nothing which was a big bummer. That night the shenanigans rolled on to club 509 where I hung out with Pro Australian Freerider Nick Barton. I decided to drink with an Aussie, so let’s just say the night ended in a bit of a blur.

Sunday morning got off to a late start after some much needed sleep and a quick pack to get my stuff out of the room we had to check out of. With most people leaving to get back home for their work week, the amount of available skis dropped considerably, including Scott’s Matrix and the Superjet Kevin brought. I ended up getting in the water mid day and rode some awesome skis though! I got to test out Nick Barton’s Australian built Krash hull which was rad. I also got to ride the Blowsion built Light Weight hull from Germany. I rode the Light Weight ski over to the far end of the beach to help the Blowsion crew and Photographer Ronny Mac set up the ski for a Pro Rider Magazine cover shoot, with a great looking swimsuit model. The last ski I got to ride was Mark from Rad Dudes completely gnarly and unique fixed steer Rickter FR-2.

That night I went out to dinner with Liquid Militia, freeride founder Nick Foederer, Hydro-turf, Jeff Bolte and a few other good friends. After a killer dinner we went down stairs to check out an mind blowing live band. Monday morning Kyla and Ryan took off to Orlando and I got a ride to Melbourne with Ronny Mac to meet up with Bobby Howering of Trinity composites, builder of the Matrix hull. Bobby and I got to Iron out the details of my new hull build featured in my last blog post. I spent the night at my local buddy Bronson Dafoe’s house and was conveniently transported back to Daytona by his fiancée Ashley who works at the Daytona speed way a block away.

This trip was yet another awesome freeride to be a part of. I was so happy to be able to ride so much and connect with so many good people.

Here is the link to my 2012 Daytona Gallery, which will have more photos as they become available. http://markgomez.net/photos/daytona-beach-freeride-2012

I look forward to my next adventure of 2012 destination: Argentina. More to come soon!
-MG

2012 New Ski: Enter the Trinity Matrix Freeride Hull

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

New Owner of my 2011 season Freeride HullIn early December 2011, I drove to Barstow, CA to meet up with fellow rider Al Madmon who purchased my 2011 season Yamaha Superjet freeride hull. Selling my hull provided the cash move forward and put down the deposit on my 2012 freeride hull. I am happy to officially announce that my 2012 hull will be a Trinity Matrix ES after market hull, built by Bobby Howering of Trinity Composites in Florida.

This last weekend, I had the opportunity to meet with Bobby while I was in Florida for the 8th annual Daytona Beach Freeride, where saw his shop, discussed the details, and signed the build contract. I have chosen the Matrix hull to be my next hull because of the bullet proof integrity that Bobby puts into his hulls and the unique style of the ski itself. During the entire 2011 season, I had the opportunity to ride many different hulls. However, at This and last year’s Daytona Freeride, I rode a friend’s Matrix hull. In no time at all I was able to ride it just as well if not better than on my freeride Superjet. The Matrix hull has similar characteristics of a Yamaha Superjet platform yet has front nose rocker technology, splash guard, wider bond rail, advanced front sponson design, and adjustable bolt on hull length pieces starting at -4 inches shorter than stock. These advanced hull concepts will help me achieve a greater riding style and up the amplitude of my aerial tricks in 2012.

Mark Gomez and Bobby Howering of Trinity CompositesBobby Howering and I after signing the build contract agreement

You can read all about the beginning stages of the Trinity Matrix Freeride hull in the 2009 Personal Watercraft illustrated article pages bellow.

A Team Effort

This ski will be a team effort with the help of all of my sponsors. Steve Webster of Kommander Industries will be assembling an awesome Yamaha 760cc limited freeride engine and assembling the entire ski all together. Steve is also going to help arrange a unique looking vinyl wrap from LG1 Designs. David Stewart at Impros will provide a dialed in new Solas Magnum pump with his signature Hooker 9/15 series impeller. Hydro-Turf will pad the ski providing Injury protection, make it look great, and keep me on the ski all together.

As 2012 begins, I am confident that my other and future sponsors will assist with everything else needed in between. With my website updated, alive and kicking. I am now actively perusing opportunities for financial sponsorship to complete this project and fund my travel expenses for this years events. If you know anybody who may consider getting on board my sponsorship team including yourself, please feel free to download and view my current sponsorship proposal for 2012 and Contact me.  We aim to have this new ski built and in the water at the 2012 Pismo Spring Break Freeride March 9th 2012.

Here are some photos of a Trinity Matrix built for a customer a few years ago.

Stay tuned for full build details and updates.

-MG

Florida Bound For The 2012 Daytona Beach Freeride

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

I am currently in the Delta terminal at LAX waiting for my flight to depart to Daytona Beach, Florida. This will be the 4th year of my attendance to the Daytona Beach Freeride. This Freeride is the second largest PWC gathering next to the World Finals in Lake Havasu, AZ. It will be 3 straight days of riding what ever conditions we are fortunate or unfortunate to experience on the east coast. Thanks to Kevin Collins at Legdrag Watercraft I have an awesome Superjet to ride the entire weekend without the expense of bringing my own equipment out like I did the first 2 years. I am excited to meet up with Bobby Howering of Trinity Composites to discuss the build details of my new Matrix Freeride Hull. Thanks to our awesome east coast PWC event promoter Mikey Young, there is going to be a Motosurf Race and Sickest Trick contest I plan to participate in. Check out the photos from my last year’s trip to Daytona in my gallery link here –> http://markgomez.net/photos/daytona-beach-freeride-2011

Overall I look forward to a great weekend and to see many new and old friends. Expect a full event recap report and galleries soon after the event. See you guys on the beach and cheers to the start of a great 2012 season!

Thanks for your support

-MG

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