Posts Tagged ‘APBA’

Liquid Militia at the APBA Hydro Turf National Tour Stop Round 1 & 2 Parker AZ Jet Ski Races. Parker, AZ

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Liquid Militia’s coverage of the 2010 Race rounds in Parker, AZ. With the help of my friend and racer Pete Zernik I had a ski to race Novice ski limited with and Mike Demauro let me use his ski to compete the second round of Freestyle. I ended up placing 3rd overall both rounds novice ski limited, and took 1st place the second round of freestyle!

My First Race in Parker, Arizona March 2010

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

In march I attended the ABPA Race tour stop in Parker, Arizona. I drove out with my good friend Eric Garcia who works for my fiberglass sponsor Performance Fiberglass and was also there to Race an open class Kawasaki Ultra 250. Liquid Militia team racer and one of the most generous guys I know Pete Zernik was there  to race 3 classes himself. Back at the Pimso freeride in March I spoke to Pete about the idea of racing but needed a ski to race. He had just had his back up limited class ski rebuilt and offered to let me race it there. With a about an hour of practice on the ski, I felt comfortable enough to hit the track and also practice some hole shots. Pete was not only super generous to let me race his ski but was also a great race mentor giving me some great pointers on how to have a great start and how to handle the boat around the track.

The entire event was great fun. I Ended up placing 3rd place overall both days racing the ski in novice ski limited class. I felt great with the results for being my first race. It was almost safe to say the thrill of racing a stand up with other people gunning for your position in rough waters and with a bunch of friends screaming at you to keep going was an incredible experience. The gnarliest thing about racing  a stand up is that hole shot. The hole shot is the beginning of a race where all the racers line up in waist high water with one other person they call their holder. The line woman signals us to start our skis which the holder helps the racer lift the back of the ski out of the water so the racer can rev out the ski to clear the exhaust system of water. They drop the ski into the water and keep the ski running at a high idle which is when the holder does or doesn’t do his or her job of holding the ski back and keeping it aimed straight. The Line woman tilts the flag and blows a whistle to signal the start of the race where all the racers leave the beach full throttle holding their line all for the first buoy.  That hole shot is crazy! I had a racer loose their line and come swaying over 4 lines over into me which i turned into them and made them bounce off me so i could keep my line. It was just the craziest part of racing becuase you can only see whats in front of you, its fast, and you cant see anything that isnt 3 feet in front of you.

Every night in between was an adventure with my good friends Kyla and Ryan of Liquid Militia. They sponsored a bed for me to sleep on for the event in their hotel room. This was super helpful of them and a ton of fun to stay with the party which we and many other friends of Liquid Militia took all over that casino/hotel those nights. Lots of shenanigans and good times the whole weekend those nights with good friends.

On the second day I ended up signing up for freestyle with permission from my friend Michael De Mauro to compete on his Yamaha Superjet he was competing on. My goal was to bring back 1990’s freestyle with old school fun tricks that no one does anymore but are still tricky and entertaining.  I went as far as writing down all the tricks i knew on my forearm to look at in the heat of my routine and remember what to do. No matter what i did I always kept fist pumping, the key to every successful freestyle entertainer’s routine. I went out there, had a great time and ended up bringing home the gold! Parts of my routine were captured by my good friends at Liquid Militia with their video from the event bellow.

It was an incredible weekend I have to thank Liquid Militia, Performance fiberglass, WORX racing components, and most of all Pete Zernik of Zernikracing.com for letting me race his ski that weekend along with all his time and support that came with it.

My overall results were:

3rd place overall Novice ski limited Rounds 1 & 2

1st Place Freestyle Round 2

Havasu bound for race training with Chris MacClugage

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I am about to leave to stop by Kyla and Ryan of Liquid Militias house to drop off some parts for their skis. Soon after I will be picking up Chris MacClugage’s new triple cylinder Kawasaki Motor for his GP SXR from a great engine builder and porting guru Jeff Jensen of Top End Performance. After i pick that up I will be heading down to Skat-Trak to pick up pump system and accessories for him as well. From there its off to Havasu where I will be riding my friend Tom Suchodolski’s 2008 Yamaha Superjet at Body Beach practicing for my upcoming race in Parker AZ. Chris MacClugage will be there testing his skis as well giving me pointers and teaching me the things i need to learn about closed coarse racing. It should be a fun weekend and I look forward to learning a lot. For more information on the Race in Parker next week visit APBAracing.com

Thanks

-Mark Gomez

© Copyright 2019 markgomez.net || Entries (RSS) || Admin

29