Archive for February, 2014

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

Surf & Style Contest Champion and Back Flips in the Hotel Pool at the 2014 Daytona Beach Freeride Event

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

The round trip of driving 106 hours with my buddy Tanner Thomas to the 2014 Thrust Innovations Daytona Beach Freeride was well worth it with all that went down that weekend! To start things off this was the debut of my new T.C. Freeride built Rickter FR2 Evo- 1. The DASA 1000cc engine combined with the Skat-Trak 155 set back Magnum pump set up by Impros was and absolute rocket ship I had to slowly but surely dial in through out the weekend. Here are a few photos from my first ride Friday at the freeride followed by a killer event video by my friend, rider, and great video producer Seth Zaluski.

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Team Rickter Photo Shoot

Rick Roy the owner and innovator behind Rickter/RRP flew into the event despite not feeling well. We were able to assemble all of the new Rickters and the trailer in the right lighting and take some team photos. This was an incredible experience to really bring the reality to being apart of a professional factory team after the last 8 years chasing this dream.  Bellow are a few photos from that shoot.

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MotoOption Surf&Style Contest Champion

surfnstylechampLast year I rode in the contest against about 8 other competitors and took home the title of the 1st Surf&Style champion. This year I went head on against 12 other solid surf riders. The contest was run the same, individual 3 minute heats judged primarily on surf riding ability, style, and speed. Adapting to my new ski and making the best of the rough small surf, I pushed myself as hard as I could in 3 minutes and came out on top to defend my title as the 2014 Surf&Style champion! MotoOption Clothing sponsored the event and also put together this video bellow covering the entire event and this contest.

Saturday Night Back Flips In Event Hotel Pool

poolflipsceneThanks to event coordinator Nick Foederer, and Brian Vergin event title sponsor and owner of Thrust Innovations. I was chosen to be the freerider thrown into the pool with a brand new 30k Thrust Innovations built Rickter XFS Freestyle ski powered by a DASA 1200cc engine. This Jetski was full blown pro freestyle competition ready! Without ever practicing on this ski, I did my best and was able to rip a few flips in the hotel swimming pool that Saturday night without hitting the edges or bottom of the pool. It was the most rad experience thanks to the hundreds of friends at the event surrounding the pool cheering me on. To top it all off as soon as I got out of the pool was when i found out I had defended my title winning the Surf&Style contest making Saturday night the best night of my life so far in 2014! Bellow is a video put together by my twin brother from another new york mother Drew Supon recapping the entire pool back flip and contest winner announcement experience. Thanks Drew!

View My Event Photo Album

Click here or the the photo bellow to view my 2014 Daytona Beach Freeride event photo album

Mark Gomez At 2014 Daytona Freeride

It goes without saying that 2014 has kicked off with an incredible start thanks to all of my 2014 sponsors and friends who have supported me every step of the way.

Thank you so much, next stop… Mexico with Champion Time Pieces!

-MG

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