Archive for January, 2014

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

 

52 Hours of Driving Later We Arrived At the 2014 Daytona Freeride

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Rickter Team at 2014 Daytona FreerideMy friend and fellow pro freerider, Tanner Thomas and and I drove over 52 hours 2,700 miles from Morro Bay, CA to the 2014 Daytona Beach Freeride in Daytona Beach, Florida. We have been pulling the team RICKTER trailer, loaded up with the latest and greatest of the 2014 RICKTER line up powered by DASA Racing, pushed by Skat-Trak Magnum pumps, and built by T.C. Freeride. The Rickter west coast team coming to the event consists of riders Mark Gomez, Tanner Thomas, Taylor Curtis, Randy Lawlor, Brandon Lawlor, Abraham Ho, Rick Roy, and Jeff Bolte. Keep an eye out at the 2014 Daytona Beach Freeride event for  the entire team and skis! Tanner and I filmed a video on the road which is featured bellow. We are here now at the event and are ready for a great weekend. Thank you everyone for your support to get us here safely and supported with things to read about while being on the road for so long.

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Cheers to a great event!

-Mark

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!

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