Posts Tagged ‘Barrel Roll’

SurfSlam 2013 Training with Mark Gomez

Monday, August 26th, 2013

With the help of my friends and sponsors I have been able to push my limits since last year’s surfslam contest where I finished 5th in Pro Freeride and 2nd in Pro Motosurf racing.  These last few months have been insane dialing in some new tricks to bring up my aerial game. With the combination of speed JFB inspired power surfing and some new tricks in the air under my belt I’m locked loaded and dead set at making some noise and giving the Oregon coast some hell to fight my way to the top spot at this year’s Blowsion SurfSlam Pro Freeride contest.
Thank you all for your support! Enjoy and wish me luck!
-MG

Liquid Militia Team Riders At 2010 Blowsion Surf Slam

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

In September I traveled 15 hours the second year in a row for the 2010 Blowsion SurfSlam Motosurf Competition. This was my first year competing in the pro freeride class placing 5th in the end. My good friends and clothing sponsor, Liquid Militia made their way up and put together this video out of all the footage they got there from the event.

Oceanside 550 SX-F Barrel Roll

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

I finally got the barrel roll down and wanted to share it with everyone! This was filmed Sept. 14th 2008 in Oceanside.
Overall this is a small goal accomplished but can’t thank everyone enough who helped me build this ski previously, & all the Oceanside crew for pushing me to challenge myself each ride.

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

Eventful weekend at the Dana Point to Avalon PWC Offshore Race 2010

Friday, April 9th, 2010

It all kicked off with a BBQ at Kyla and Ryan of Liquid Militia’s house. Where almost the entire PWC Offshore community met up at as they ate great food, prepared skis, and watched the new DVD by Liquid Militia and Hypnotic Films, Rise of The Tide. Chris and his Wife Rachel MacClugage were there as well hanging out and preparing Chris’s Yamaha FZR for the next day’s sprint. We all woke up the next morning around 5 am to leave for the Dana Point harbor. After the riders meeting everyone launched their ski’s including myself with my superjet and my brother Philip Gomez and his Sea Doo RXP. We all rode just outside of the harbor to watch Chris and all of the other Offshore racer’s line up and fire off toward Avalon. After they took off Kyla, Ryan, Bryant, my brother, and I decided to go down the coast on a hunt for some surf to ride. After a little barrel roll session in a what I thought was a private cove. I was hitting these random large waves which I came to realize were there because there were random Large rocks all over this little area. I decided then that I loved the way my body was in one piece so we made our way back when I found out the local coast guard/rangers were watching but not as happy as I was about riding there. They were cool and let me go with a warning. Chris MacClugage ended up taking first overall in the race! We all flushed out the skis and walked over to the Dana point Jet Ski rental and service shop for the awards. It was a cool little ceremony Kyla’s mom and head of K38 water safety, Shawn Alladio ended up taking 9th place and first in her class! After the awards we all drove down the street to the local Chronic Tacos Mexican joint. It was there when the Liquid Militia slap on stickers came out and blew up Liquid Militia all over that Chronic Taco establishment. Just as we all got our food and stickered the entire place up, we couldn’t begin to eat without getting some proper entertainment on the Chronic Taco Flat screen. What else could we put in but the new DVD Rise of The Tide! It was a really fun and eventful day, Chris MacClugage worked hard for the gold so I am super stoked for his results.

Liquid Militia taking over Dana Point's Chronic Tacos joint

Pre-race BBQ at the Liquid Militia house watching Rise of The Tide DVD

Until the next event, Mark Gomez

2010 Pismo Beach Spring Break Freeride & Rise of the Tide Premiere

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Uh oh

Fighting through yet again some more motor set backs.  Yet with the help of my good friends and sponsors at Pacific Motorsports I had torn apart my motor due to a piston failure and had my motor rebuilt in 3 days with just enough time to pack and leave for the 2010 Pismo Beach Spring break Freeride. Along the way I picked up my friend and rider Stacey Wells from The airport who flew in from Texas. We both made the 5 hour drive up the California coast hwy meeting Kyla and Ryan of Liquid Militia along with one of the industries most infamous East coast photographer Ronny Mac that they picked up from the airport as well.  The rest of the weekend went off with messy but massive surf. It was great being able to tear it up with all my good friends including Zack Bright, Chris Rosner, Ross Champion, Kris Ingram of Kommander Industries, Tomski, Jon Hall, Jack Sutton, Stanton High, Pete Zernik, Cuong Son, Jared Ajlouny, EJ, Glen Glorioso, Jerry Brandon JFB, and many many more. Local photographer Vanessa McCarthy was super cool to share some of the photos she snapped during the weekend.  I was also stoked that my best friends from home were able to make it out and see what the freeride scene was all about! On Saturday night Liquid Militia hosted the Premier of the new DVD Rise of the Tide by Bryant Lambert of Hypnotic Films. overall it was an extremely fun event everyone had a great time and I look forward to the next freeride to be able to see and ride with all the great people and friends of the Freeride scene.

Until the next event,
Mark Gomez

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