Thanks to my friends Zack BrightRoss Champion and Brock Taylor for the coaching and Chris Rosner for letting me borrow his superflip bars I was able to go out to my surf stomping grounds outside of Oceanside harbor and make it happen.
The concept of the superflip is extremely gnarly. Go for a backflip, kick your feet out as you leave the lip, when fully extended upside down in the air leverage yourself back into the tray using the superflip bars on your wrist to attempt to safely land the trick. There was not much of a way to ease into it other than to simply commit to the trick and go for it.
It for sure helps to know that my 2014 Freeride jet ski I am riding is beyond capable of this and many other gnarly tricks.
I am riding a Rickter FR2 EVO-1 Hull with DASA 1000cc Engine pushed by a Skat-Trak 155 pump assembled by Impros. All put together by TC Freeride. The Superflip Levers I am using are Ross Champion/Cold Fusion superflip bars which are no longer available.
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.
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.
MotoOption Surf&Style Contest Champion
Last 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
Thanks 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!