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2016 Season Close Update: 2x IFWA World Champion – Mark Gomez

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
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Hello Friends, Family, and Sponsors,

I would really like to apologize for the delay in these emails. If you have followed me on social media, you may have been able to keep track of the nonstop action these last several months. Since my last email update in May, I had a successful sweep of the opening three European rounds of the IFWA World Tour. I then went stateside and immediately immersed myself in three back to back event weekends driving around the West Coast. From that time forward, the size of potential email updates grew into what is best described as a larger and larger snowball, growing each week I traveled.

I am much harder on myself than most think and I take a lot of pride in being able to effectively communicate to the people that help me along the way. I also want to be able to paint a brief, but highlighted, story of each of my travels for those who don’t use social media. This brings me to the end of my season, when I finally have had more than just a week in between events (besides the holidays). As the dust has now settled and I collect the data from my year, I am really proud of the incredible season I was able to pull off, with podium results at almost every event!

Attached in this email and pictured below is my 2016 Pro Season wrap up report I prepared:
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This year I competed in the following series:
– IFWA World Freeride Championship Tour
Pro Watercross National Race and Freestyle Tour
– IJSBA World Finals of Racing and Freestyle
– Australian Freeride Nationals
– US Pro Freestyle Championship
– Many individual freeride events

 


My major highlights this year were the following:
– Defending my 2015 IFWA Freeride World Title with my second win this year as the 2016 World Champion, crowned last month in Japan.
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– Riding the North point of Nazaré with an average of 30 meter waves
– Representing Hydro-Turf as the brand’s Sponsorship Liaison
– Becoming the National Freestyle Champion on the Pro Watercross Tour
– Taking 4th in the world my rookie year in Pro Freestyle 1200 class
– Taking 3rd in the world in Vintage 550 racing class
– 24 events in 8 different countries, traveling over 89,200 road & air miles within 11 months, competing in all 3 categories of stand up jetskiing

Social Media

I have had a very successful year boosting my social media presence, which gives my sponsors a bigger exposure network with each additional post. My posts are the best that I can do to illustrate a timeline of my events, give updates of my travels, showcase cool photos and videos from the year, and more.

Instagram @Markgomez137 gained over 5,000 new followers this season! Apx 19,300 followers

Facebook/MarkaGomez gained over 2,500 new followers this season! Apx 7,500 followers


Viral Videos
Featured in two unique viral videos that exposed the sport to many different networks worldwide featured below:
 
Labor Day Backflip in a small pool
On Labor Day weekend, I arranged to take my new 1200cc Flatwater freestyle ski to my fiberglass sponsor John Crabb of Performance Fiberglass house to attempt a backflip in his swimming pool. I thought it was big enough until I put the ski inside of it and started riding around. My friends and sponsor, Liquid Militia, came in with their equipment to film it, produced the edit and released promotion. It went really well and caught a lot of attention on social media, getting a lot of shares from many big social media “superpage” feeds.
Facebook Video Views: 124,517 — Facebook Shares: 1,459
Youtube Views: 6,271 — Video Link here –> https://youtu.be/eysbVIJ8TyQ
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T-Rex Jetski Backflip video
This video came together as a quick last minute spoof after the SurfSlam contest in Oregon. My friend, Guillermo Casas who was in town from Costa Rica, filmed with his drone. I purchased an inflatable T-Rex costume with the intention of showcasing the best pro freestyle action in it and see what kind of footage we could come up with. It was fun and I was able to pull off some stunts, despite the awkward suit. I express shipped the video footage to Liquid Militia clothing and they got right to work on the edit and post production as before. This video was a HIT! It went insanely viral, and was featured on many famous viral websites (MSN, Yahoo, Shock Mansion, Gizmodo, Mashable, Digg, The Big Lead), Social media networks, National and International, TV networks, ESPN, FOX News, The Inside Edition and more! : T-Rex T-shirts for Men, Women, and kids are now available here through Liquid Militia Clothing!
Facebook Views: 114,936 — Facebook Shares: 1,659
Youtube Views: 197,939 — Video Link here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJcjCb6hs_g
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Tour Highlight Recaps
 
IFWA Freeride World Tour – 2016 World Title

This year’s IFWA tour took place in 6 different countries: Nazaré , Portugal – Lacanau, France – Newquay, UK – Bahia, Brazil – Oregon, USA – Kamisu, Japan. It was an incredible season with the opening winning streak along Europe. A big part of this success was shipping my personal TC Freeride built Rickter EDGE overseas to the European tour and final round in Japan. It took a lot of effort, logistics and resources to make it happen. In the end, it was well worth the reliability and comfort being on my own equipment, which was proven by my overall results. I did not pull this off alone. Along the entire tour, I worked with my teammate through many similar sponsors Abraham Ho from Cancun, Mexico, who was recently picked up by Monster Energy as an athlete with explosive style. We are a great team that works effectively to get through each tour stop. I won my second consecutive World Title. The tour is amazing and I enjoy meeting such a great group of riders and enthusiasts from around the world. It has so much potential to become even greater. I am working in the background to assist the great people there with all that I can, to ensure it reaches that next level.

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Pro Watercross National Tour – Pro Freestyle National Champion
An exciting feat was attending 5 out of 7 National tour stops. This was made possible by shipping my equipment with Brock Austin, his incredible family, the family of riders that toured with them as well, and KMG Racing.  Making it possible to race was Branden Edwards and his family. who allowed me to share their lites spec Yamaha Superjet. I competed in Pro Freestyle on a borrowed 1000cc Rickter XFR until I was able to complete my own 1200cc XFR for the National tour final in West Virginia. There were CBS Sports TV segments created where I plugged many of my sponsors during interviews with specific freestyle coverage in every edit. I was featured on many local/web ads and newspaper articles from my freestyle runs. This tour also has great potential to grow. I am stoked to have had the opportunity to experience this tour with such a great group of racers and pull off the National Title for Pro Freestyle.
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IJSBA World Finals Pro Freestyle – 4th In the World Rookie year 

This year my best friend in the sport, Tanner Thomas and I teamed up together to take on Pro Freestyle at the World Finals. We rented a house in Lake Havasu and brought in all the tools and equipment needed to build a fully functional compound. This enabled us to tweak and tune our Freestyle skis to be the best they could be. To help us with that task was our very good friend and amazingly talented mechanic, Hiroyuki Oginio “Ninja”, who flew in from Japan. I had very bad luck with self inflicted engine and ignition problems during my condensed training period prior to the World Finals. With the help of all of my sponsors, Tanner, and Hiro, I was able to get it completely dialed in just three days before the event. This was an incredibly stressful two and a half weeks, which set me back from many things. However, I came at those three days with a fire to improve like I never thought I had. Upon competition day I was able to bring a handful of new tricks to the Pro Freestyle scene that I carried over from the freeride world. The Flatwater Flex flip, NoCanDo flip, No Hand flip, and Super flip variations which earned 3rd place in the pack on the final day and 4th overall by points. It felt incredible to receive all the positive feedback from riders and fans about bringing freeride style into freestyle in just a short amount of time from when I started. With that, I am motivated more than ever to focus more attention to this next year and win the Pro 1200 Freestyle World Title next year!

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Thank you for the support through the storm

There was an incredible amount of work that had to be done every week in between events. I considered this a year of strictly competing because the amount of time I had to enjoy riding for practice was extremely scarce compared to the year before. Many times this season I would only be riding jetskis solely the day before or day of the events. My two Rickter jetskis were almost always in a box or trailer being shipped to a new location and/or coming back from one. I had to make big adjustments when things went wrong or changed due to mechanical problems, weather, ect. In a crazy way, I really enjoyed the challenges and more so being able to see it through that I accomplished my goals anyway. These kind of things forced me to lean on my sponsors, family, girlfriend, and friends for their support, understanding, and patience to make it through this unbalanced season of wild situations. Thank you for stepping up with me.

2017 and Thoughts Moving Forward

3rd IFWA World Title – Focus and take on Pro Freestyle World Title –
Train and hone overall riding ability – Educate and Expose the sport via video media.  

Overall, 2016 was an incredible year! I have many potential plans in the works for 2017 to carry the momentum from this year. With the success of the first Japanese round in the IFWA tour, there is much interest from the Japanese and excitement to improve the IFWA tour. I intend to support the association’s movement and compete once again on the 2017 tour to ride for a 3rd World Title. I plan to keep my schedule a little more open in between events to focus more on my quality over quantity, pertaining to my training, promotion, and most of all, exposure. This year I took on my rookie year of Pro Freestyle getting on competitive equipment with a sparing few weeks to train. I was able to make a hard push to place 4th in the world. Next year I want to train, focus, and win the US Freestyle Championships and Pro Freestyle World Title.

In 2017 I don’t intend to settle for just being a top ranked rider. I truly want to push myself with more training time to bring new things to the table, hone my skills, and be the absolute best I can be at every event. I am never completely satisfied with what I can do; I am always looking to improve, and try new things. This was a difficult thing to do this year, with the risk of the rest of my season in the back of my mind and the need to stay healthy for it. Most importantly, during motosurf and freestyle training, I will have more time and opportunities to get more unique and better videos and photos. I also need the time between events to edit, produce, and publicize this content. I am gearing up to create a weekly or bi weekly “Vlog” series. These videos will provide the opportunity to my followers to get a closer look into my jetski life.  There will be a little less production factor in order to edit them faster and feel more personal. In these Vlogs I will talk through any and all things jetski related including: part installations, maintenance, travel progress, rider interviews, sport education, trick walkthroughs, event coverage, product and sponsor promotion, and more.

This is a different path from this year, yet I intend to create an even bigger year from it in the long run. I will compete and attend events where it appeals most to my sponsors. Ultimately, I want to focus on generating new, interesting, and fun media that will broaden my exposure and reach out to a more diverse audience. I want to create videos that can become timeless, that speak to all of the up and coming riders who can take parts from it, build their equipment across the board, and improve their riding to come compete with the best. I have enjoyed this sport, putting in my all for over 12 years competitively. From a young age, I have been inspired by videos and media produced and featured by the best riders in the world. It would mean even more to be able to showcase my friends and competitors and bring more light onto the sport that we all love with these videos.

I can’t thank you all enough for your time to read this and most of all, your unconditional support, especially my 2016 sponsors below!
Salty Investments  
ESU Armor 
Tanner Thomas  my brother in Freestyle
Abraham Ho my brother in Freeride
Kaley & McNay Family

Update: 2015 IFWA Freeride World Champion

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Hello everyone,

It has been an Incredible whirlwind of adventures and events since my last update after the European leg of the IFWA tour back in June.
I will bring you back up to speed with what has gone on in the last 3 months leading to my recent world title accomplishment at the Blowsion Surfslam event.

July

 

RPM Lake Perris Race podiums, Trip to Ketchikan Alaska, and Aqua Moto Vintage GP Champion
July 11-12th I competed in two rounds of the RPM Westcoast Jettribe Race series at Lake Perris, CA. After some tough vintage 550 motos racing my little 10yr friend Wyland Reden I finished 2nd round one and 1st place round 2. I also took on freestyle at the event on my vintage 550 with my partner in crime Tanner Thomas and managed to pull off a 2nd and 3rd place finish.

July 14th-22nd, Trip to Ketchikan, Alaska:
Almost immediately following our adventure at the race, I had arranged to finally fly to and visit Tanner and his family at his home island in Alaska. A chance to see all that goes on in Tanner’s world, I toured the place by Land, sea, and air. It was an incredible experience and  I am very grateful for the Thomas family for taking such good care of me over there.

July 24th-25th, Chris Fischetti’s Aquamoto Grand Prix Race – Lake Havasu — Vintage 550 Champion :
Hitting the ground from Alaska running, I loaded up my brother’s 550 and bombed out to Lake Havasu, AZ. I raced in Chris Fischetti’s 10 lap 12 minute Grand Prix race in the Vintage 550 class. I battled hard, hit the ramp jumps every lap, and took home the title of Aquamoto King Of Lake Havasu. Here is the video from my on board GoPro camera from the entire race -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO_mAX2i6bo

August

 

Grayland Open Freeride Event Champion, TC Jetpilot’s Sortie event in Minnesota, and Bomber Eyewear Trip To Costa Rica:
August 7th-9th I loaded up a few rider’s skis including my own on and behind my truck then drove all the way up to Grayland, WA. At the event I was the event Announcer, time keeper, trick caller, event director, and Pro Rider contestant in the Grayland Open Freeride Contest. I had a few interviews with AIM Sports TV, who were on site putting a story together for EPSN. I also helped event coordinator Dan Lindgren out by attending 3 different local radio stations speaking about the event. After one hell of a long weekend, the event went incredibly well, and I was able to defend my Pro Freeride Championship title at the event.

AUG 21st-23rd, TC Jetpilot’s Sortie Lake Pepin, Minnesota:
A last minute addition to my crazy schedule was the sudden but much appreciate joint purchase of my flight accommodations to participate at the Twin Cities Jetpilot’s Sortie event at Lake Pepin, Minnesota thanks to West Side Powersports and Liquid Militia. I was able to ride and tune a few skis including my 2014 season Rickter Evo1 that My local friend there Brian had purchased from me last year. I connected with a lot of the local riders and hit some fun V-Wake sessions.
AUG 24th- Sept 2nd, Bomber Eyewear Team Vacation Costa Rica:
I took off sunday afternoon from Minnapolis, landed at LAX around 7pm and was airborne again from the same terminal with my sponsor Bomber Floating eyewear on the way to Jaco beach in Costa Rica. We stayed for a week in an incredible beachfront private estate connecting with the local Costa Rica Bomber crew doing photoshoots, surfing, and more. I connected with my friend Guiellmo Casas who owns his own resort north of where we stayed. With his blessing i was able to bolt on a few parts onto his Rickter he owns there in order to put on a freeride show on the main strip of Jaco Beach that sunday afternoon. On top of that the footage of me riding that day made into international Raggae Artist Toledo’s new music Video for his song “Buen Raggae” off his new album “Stress Free” Here is the video link to the music video: https://youtu.be/P0qEN0z8hpE

September – WORLD TITLE

 

Battle for the IFWA Freeride World title at SurfSlam
 
Sept 11th-13th, IFWA World Tour Final round, Blowsion SurfSlam in Pacific City, Oregon:
On Labor day I loaded up my truck with just my Rickter, my brother’s 550, and my sponsor Nick Salty investment’s Pit bull Mastiff, “Mr. Brown” and set off for Oregon. Mr. Brown provided a helpful supplement to my fuel expenses as well as kept me awake during the 15 hour drive north. The contest was an insane weekend of physical and mental breakdowns and breakthroughs. True to Oregon standards the surf conditions at the event site were erratic, and in most cases uncooperative. Competing in 6 minute head to head heats, judged 50 percent on surf riding ability and 50 percent aerial tricks. My first heat started out rough when my engine exhaust coupler popped mid run. I popped my hood and limped my ski back to shore where the first back up ski wouldn’t start, so my friend Abraham Ho let me use his personal new 1100cc Rickter Edge to finish my heat. I made up for lost time quick sending his nightmare powerful ski into the air to pull back ahead and secure the heat. One of the jumps I had managed to unlatch the hood latch the proceeded into another big backflip and didn’t realize that the hood merely opened and closed upon landing! 


My 1/8 final heat was against my good Australian friend Ryan Soloman. During this heat the waves really turned bad where sets just were not holding their shape and making judgement on waves incredible challenging. All was going alright until I threw a Scarecrow barrel roll off of a not so healthy wave. I over compensated and landed the trick driving my right knee into the handlebars. This gave me a charlie horse from hell during my heat making it impossible to put weight back onto the knee for over 3 minutes of the heat. I pulled it together enough to ride through the pain and pull off a few more maneuvers that would ever so slightly pull me ahead in the end. 
 
On the final day I started back strong into the 1/4 final heat vs my long time riding buddy Zack Bright. Waves yet again didn’t stand out for us both but the battle was on. We both threw out an immense amount of tricks that would make a difficult judgement in the end that eneded up in Zack’s favor for capitalizing on some more surf rides than I had in the heat. It was incredibly difficult to swallow with such high expectations this year but in the end it couldn’t have ended better. Zack took that victory in stride, rode amazing, and ended up winning the contest. The points I had accumulated on the previous 4 international tour stops combined with my 1/4 points secured my lead making me the 2015 IFWA World Champion! I also placed 2nd in the Big air show down for a super flip i threw of a larger wave. The cherry on top of it all was having my Mom Patty and older brother Philip there at the event to witness it all. Neither of them had ever really seen myself compete all 10 years I have been at this. Having them there amongst all of my freeride family meant the absolute world to me. Zack and I had both traveled to this event together as amateurs in years past, we never had the opportunity to compete together on the world tour, so to be able to finish the way it did really left the both of us choked up and full of good feelings over such a roller coaster of our own growing pains to get there. 


Going after this 10 year dream of winning the freeride world title brought so much light into my life through all of the incredible, genuine, and kind people I met around the world. All who helped me in some kind of way to achieve this dream along the journey of the IFWA world tour going to Australia, Portugal, France, UK, and USA. Standing on top of that podium in Oregon, I found myself struggling to fight my overloaded emotions to find the right words of sincere gratitude, and was nervous to maybe forget names of so many amazing people and companies that really made everything possible in that moment. I can’t thank you all “including you the reader” enough for your support in my dream to take on this immense goal of going after the world title. Doing so has generated some of the most unique and inspiring moments of my life so far. It forced me to step up as a freeride athlete and push harder than I ever had before. At the events overseas I had been brought to light through my fans and supporters as someone who embodies the characteristics of the athletes who inspired me on and off the water; Joe Kenney, Ross Champion, Mike Serlin, Randy Laine, Jerry Brandon and Taylor Curtis. Things have really come full circle from the kid who grew up riding a 550 with a big dream. These guys inspired me beyond words, so I don’t take it lightly when I hear I am having the same effect on this generation of riders, who will hopefully have experiences like I just had. It all is so incredibly amazing to me, I am so grateful, and even writing this now has me so full of emotions and gratitude I may never finish this email.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of my friends family
and all of my amazing 2015 World Champion Supporting Sponsors:
Mystik Lubricants
Hydro-Turf
Worx Racing Components
Hot Products
JetPilot
Rickter/RRP
Liquid Militia Clothing
TC Freeride
DASA
GoPro
Cold Fusion
Skat-Trak
Impros
Thrust Innovations
Bomber Floating Eyewear
Blowsion
ADR Crankshaft
JetRenu
Salty Investments
KMG Racing
Champion Timepieces
Performance Fiberglass
Pacific Motorsports Brea
Patty’s Cakes & Desserts
My Brother Philip
Fullerton Physical Therapy
The Lawrence Family
Cranberry Winery, Bog Water Brewery
The Thomas Family
The OSIDE CREW
THANK YOU SO MUCH, WE DID IT!

Rickter RRP Rider’s On Tour – Europe IFWA Rounds 2,3,4

Monday, July 20th, 2015

This is the second part of our video recap, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th stop of IFWA championship. Sintra Portugal, Lacanau France and Newquay England where our spot for 3 weeks. An amazing road trip, lots of fun and crazy ridding all along the best european spots !

First Superflip and Variations Pulled off in Oceanside Video & Photos

Friday, April 4th, 2014

mgindianairThanks to my friends Zack Bright Ross 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.mgcanflip
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.

This video and everything I do though out the year is made possible thanks to WORX Racing Components and Hydro-Turf.
Thanks for supporting me!
-MG

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!
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JetSki Magazine is an international online publication available via smartphones, Tablets, and PC’s.

Mark Gomez Riding a T.C. Freeride built Rickter FR2 Evo-1 Debuting at 2014 Daytona Freeride Event Jan 16th

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

talking-to-rick-royAt the World Finals in Lake Havasu this year, I had a chance to discuss my 2014 goals with a few companies and current sponsors to work out a program that would mutually benefit my own riding and the ability to make it to more events as well, in order to best represent the combined sponsors that I have. I had the opportunity to have a long discussion with Rick Roy, the man behind his own factory in Thailand creating professional grade Freestyle hulls at RICKTER-RRP. I also had the opportunity to ride what will be close to my set up at body beach thanks to Taylor Curtis of T.C.Freeride, this is when I knew this would be the ski I can do damage with. After further discussions over emails, Rick and I came to a great sponsorship agreement as I am officially now riding for RICKTER- RRP for 2014.

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 My 2014 RICKTER FR2 Evo-1 Hull:

mgevo2014-2I am going to be riding a unique heavy duty infused Carbon Fiber White Base/Blue RICKTER FR2 Evo-1 hull with factory integrated Blowsion Destroyer Evo Tubbie front sponsons.

I had an opportunity to ride the Blowsion Rickter Evo-1 with their tubbies installed and what I felt is that it allowed the Evo to lean over to pivot on the tubbies and roll through the turns which suits my style of riding. Rick welcomed my feedback and preference and even offered to help install these at the factory to have it look one with the ski, which came out extremely nice in my opinion. Besides the tubbies, the Evo 1 has the other advantages to the hull design such as being -6 inches shorter than a yamaha superjet, nose mounted handlepole bracket/pivot point, low profile hood for stronger hull design, swooping front nose rocker and bond line rail, and rear rocker which is adjustable by removable sponsons, improved pump intake design, and much more.

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 Hydro-Turf

mgevo2014hydroturftraymainAll Rickter hulls come with Rickter brand EVA installed on the hulls from the factory. EVA, is better known as traction matting or “Turf”. Being that one of my main and most valued sponsors for the last 6 years is Hydro-Turf, I Sent out my own assortment of Hydro-Turf’s unique cut and color mating to be installed at the factory in Thailand. I sent their Blue on white 2-Tone Waffle Cut for the rails/sides of the tray and White Waffle cut for the base to be laid on top of their 26mm Plush Underpad and a 1″ Kick Tail Wedge. Hydro-Turf not only looks unique with all of the available cuts and colors, but also has always offered me the most superior, durability and traction in the most harsh and slippery conditions. The 26mm Plush Underpad provides crucial support to my body as it absorbs the high impact energy from big air landings and flat lands which happen from time to time in the surf.  Without Hydro-Turf’s underpad, a lot of riders including myself, would not be walking away from the things they throw. The 1″ Kick Tail Wedge. has become vital to my riding offering me the leverage and allows my heel to drive into it so I can stay locked in during hard slashes and turns. The RRP Factory surprised me yet again with a custom integrated EVA shaped front foothold into the front of my tray.

Hydro-Turf will also be supporting me to make it possible to attend many events including a few tour stops on the International IFWA Freeride Tour! Thank you Hydro-Turf!

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Engine by DASA Racing – 1000cc

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This year I will be going skyward with the insane power from my new DASA built 10mm stroke 1000cc billet power valve 2 cylinder engine. Kyle Kennedy, watercraft division manager at DASA, agreed to support me for 2014 by building me an engine that will deliver an insane amount of power for my surf riding and I will also be able to perform flat water back flips my new Rickter. This will make my Rickter a modern “all around” performance jetski for my 2014 planned season of both surf and flat water events. I will not be competitive in any flatwater freestyle classes by CC limit but the overall goal is to be able to perform to the best of my ability with any water conditions I come across. Thank you Kyle & DASA!

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Magnum Pump by Skat-Trak set up by Impros

skat155magpumpTo get this Rickter airborne I need to process the water that my DASA engine is spooling up, this calls for the new Skat Trak 155mm Magnum pump. I am really thankful for David at Impros for being my standing Impeller sponsor over the last few years. He has always taken care of me and this year I am happy to say that I am maintaining that relationship with the added and now combined sponsorship of both Impros Impellers and Skat-Trak.  Both have come together to support me with this 155 Magnum pump. Thanks to Michelle and Glen at Skat Trak for getting it done for me in such a rushed time frame! Another big thanks goes out to Brian Vergin and Chris Anyzeski at Thrust Innovations for supporting me this year with some of his custom products including the 155mm EZ-Flow Pro Trim kit. This Trim system is the best design currently in the industry which will help me bring back flips around on flat water and create better set up wakes.

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My Rickter Built by Taylor Curtis (T.C. Freeride)

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Taylor Curtis is a pro freerider I have looked up to since I first got involved. Taylor has made his name in the industry through his aggressive power surfing, big wave riding, insane surf re-entries, and now for building pro level Rickter Jetskis, including my own through his business T.C Freeride. My Rickter hull and components are currently at Taylor’s shop getting assembled. These Rickters do not reach their full potential unless they are built right. Taylor has the extensive knowledge working hand and hand with RRP over the last few years through the developments in freestyle technology. I am absolutely stoked to know that my Rickter is going to be “Taylor made,” and will be dialed in perfectly by T.C. Freeride! Thank you for supporting me Taylor!

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WORX Racing Components

worxgarynemmaGary and Emma Watson have recently taken over and are currently re-branding WORX Racing Components. Gary Watson has been in the PWC scene for years doing amazing research and development to create professional components in order to make some of the fastest skis coming out of Australia. They have taken me under their wing as one of my major 2014 sponsors. I will be running their new WORX 242 Rickter Scoop grate as well as a few other new developing components. WORX is also a massive support to help me travel this year to compete on the IFWA Freeride tour! Thank you very much for your extended support WORX!

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Cold Fusion

cloldfusionmidshaftCarl Gramberg of Cold Fusion has been supporting me since 2010 with his incredible and innovative billet products. I will be running the Cold Fusion Yamaha Midshaft assembly, Billet Electrical Box with Lexan cover, Billet hood prongs, Fuel Filters and much more! Carl makes some of the most reliable parts in the industry which I always trust in my skis. Thank you for your support Carl!

Hot Products Support

hotproductsandrrpThanks to Tom Perry and Scott Saito Hot Products USA I have two new 46mm Mikuni Carburetors along with a laundry list of other parts to put this Rickter together. Hot Products is also the USA distribution center for all RRP products helping me communicate and get the parts that I need during this tight deadline. I would not have been able to pull this build off without Hot Product’s support and networking in 2014.

First Stop: Daytona Beach Freeride Jan 16th 2014

tanner-and-iOn January 10th my Alaskan brother in freeride and fellow Rickter/Liquid Militia Clothing team mate Tanner Thomas flies in from his rock in Ketchikan Alaska to Taylor Curtis’s house. We will help Tanner finish his new Evo-1, load up the Rickter support trailer with all of the West Coast Rickter team skis and drive the 5,500 mile round trip to the Grand Seas Resort for the 2014 Thrust Innovations Daytona Beach Freeride event and back. Look for Tanner, the Rickter Freeride team, and I at the RICKTER team trailer on the beach at the 2014 Daytona Beach Freeride. See you guys there!

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More updates to come very soon!

-Mark

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