Posts Tagged ‘Lake Havasu’

Flat water barrel roll attempt on Wammer ski

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

During my weekend at body beach Lake Havasu during World Finals 07. A fellow rider named Vince let me ride his Wamilton freestyle ski, with a mod 87mm flat top piston engine. It was my first time riding any freestyle ski. This was my only opportunity to try this for a very long time, so I tried my best and nailed it in the end. It wasn’t a huge one but for my first time with 30-45 min of attempts, I was stoked!

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


-Mark Gomez

My trip to World Finals 2008 Lake Havasu, AZ

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Hey everyone,

I am happy to have my blog up and running. Yet I do have some catching up to do now.

Two weeks ago I drove to Lake Havasu, AZ to attend the Annual IJSBA World Finals for PWC racing and Freestyle. Although I did not compete in any competitions here, it is one of the largest gatherings of major PWC industry venders such as, Wamiltons, Blowsion, Jet Pilot, PWC Illustrated, Rick Roy Products, Hydro turf, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Sea-Doo, and many many more.

World Finals 2008 Slide show

I arrived mid afternoon Thursday October 9th, I walked straight over to home base at the Wamiltons customs tent where I was finally able to meet and talk to the entire Wamilton crew, including Wamilton himself. They take such good care of me, I couldn’t find enough words of gratitude. I made my way around to a few of the venders I was familiar with, including Mike, and Toni at Hydro Turf, and John Dady of Blowsion Kustoms.

I helped John Dady, and Ross Champion set up the Zach Waddle memorial tent. Zach Waddle and his girlfriend Libby were hit and killed by a drunk driver while walking back to their cabin in Oregon, during the Blowsion beach party I attended. Zach and Libby left behind their 1 year old son Mason, who has now lost both his parents. This booth was not only set up to honor and remember Zach, but mainly to raise money for Mason’s trust fund. Mason may have lost his parents, but with this booth, and the aid from countless Freeriders, and PWC enthusiast, we as a Freeride Family are there to take care, and provide the very brightest future for the little guy. For more information on Mason’s trust fund visit Please visit and contribute to Mason’s future today!

Ross and I signed posters we had printed for a dollar, and sold Freeride calendars, hats, and DVDs that all went straight to Mason’s trust fund. We had many generous people donate between $20-$80! It was a long day siting in the booth, yet it felt great to be contributing towards the little guys future.

That night Wamilton, and Hydro Turf Sponsored the night at Kokomo’s night club where we dropped a few Wamiltons ski’s in the pool, but did not ride them (shoot!).

The rest of the weekend was great! Amateur freestyle was fun to watch some young talent, and Pro Freestyle was one of the best Freestyle events I have seen in the last 3 years! I stayed at the house Wamilton and staff rented for the week, that was very nice! I was able to meet many people Including Ronny Mac, of Ronny Mac Photography, and his awesome girlfriend Ally. My highlight of the weekend was meeting my childhood stars/heroes from the classic jet ski movie I was raised watching: Jet Dreams.

Larry “The Ripper” Rippenkroeger

Chris “The Flyin Fish” Fischetti

Scott “Hollywood” Watkins

To meet them was unbelievable.

Saturday night was also the second IJSBA Hall of Fame Ceremony. “The Mayor of Oceanside,” awesome mentor, and good friend Randy Laine was being inducted into the Hall of Fame. That was an incredible honor for him, he is the first Freerider to be inducted. I could not be more proud of the guy, he is a walking definition of what defines a good true Freerider, he really deserved it.

Randy Laine “Mr. Mayor”

Last but not least, I got to see Joe Kenny. Joe still hardly has any vision, but has the biggest heart towards the sport and his friends. Seeing this champ really wakes me up to realize how great life is when you stay committed to your passion and friends. Love ya Joe.

Joe Kenny

This was an incredible weekend all around. I stayed till mid day Monday. I had had the opportunity to ride Eric Malone’s new Q8 Freestyle Ski. It was very interesting, I only wish I could have had a little more time on it.

The next weekend I was on the road to Pimso Beach for the Joe Kenny Freeride.

Check back soon for that blog!

Thanks everyone!

-Mark Gomez

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