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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!

Yamaha New Zealand Festival of Freeride 2016

Friday, February 26th, 2016

This is the official event video for the 2016 Yamaha New Zealand Festival of Freeride 4. Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku on New Zealand’s beautiful west coast played host to the event on the 26th and 27th of February 2016. Not only does the event attract riders from around New Zealand and Australia, but this year features 2015 IFWA World Champion Mark Gomez all the way from Fullerton, California, USA.

Rickter-RRP Riders on Tour USA – Final Episode

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Last stop of the IFWA 2015 and last video of the Rickter Boys on tour which ends with Blowsion Surf Slam 2015 followed by an awesome V-wake session at the lake with TC Freeride.

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 !

Go Pro: Jetski Motosurf Session With Mark Gomez

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

This is my first feature video working directly with GoPro Headquarters!
Surfing meets Freestyle Motocross as Professoinal Jet Ski Freerider, Mark Gomez, takes us along for an epic shred session in Southern California.

Update: March Madness, IFWA World Tour Stop #1 Australian Adventure Recap

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Mark Gomez Update: March Madness, IFWA World Tour Stop #1/ Australian Adventure RecapPhotos & Story: Mark Gomez

Leaving off from my last email update, I have never been so overwhelmed trying to catch up! It all started back in march flying to St. Petersburg for a day to be a panel rider or the Skyway Ski Show, then flying back home to attend the Pismo Beach Spring Break Freeride event, back in the air to fly out to Australia for the 1st round of the IFWA tour, and then straight back home immediately driving out to Lake havasu to qualify for the world finals of jetski racing. Bellow is the summary, photos, and exposure breakdown from each substantial part of these recent travels.

Skyway Ski Show: St. Petersburg, Florida (March 11-12th)
Watercraft superstore invited me out to St. Petersburg, Florida to be one of six guest panel riders/assessors for their Skyway Ski show event. On site there were 6 2015 sit down watercraft. Yamaha, Sea-Doo, and Kawasaki all had their 2 mid line model skis to demo for our assessment. It was a long flight plan from California to Florida to stay no longer than 24 hours. Watercraft Superstore provided great accommodations along with a great experience of riding these 6 new sit-down models around the clear waters and warm weather of St. Petersburg. ProRider Magazine and The watercraft journal were on site taking photos and getting quotes from me as I tested these skis. The main article for the results of this demo will be featured in Watercraft superstore’s April-May edition printed “Magalogue” distributed nationwide.

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​Private Event Exposure:
-Pro Rider Watercraft Magazine will have a write up in the May/June Issue
-The Watercraft Journal will have an article posted within the next week.
– COVER SHOT: My photo jumping the Sea Doo made the covershot of this new “Magalog” issue. 40,000 copies are getting distributed to dealerships, shops, and subscribed PWC enthusiasts worldwide. (photo included above)

Pismo Beach Spring Break Freeride: California (March 13-15th)
Immediately after landing from my day trip to florida. I got into my truck that I had already packed for this timeframe, and set off 200 miles north to Pismo Beach, CA, for the Spring break Freeride event. This is a loosely organized event where anyone who wants to come, can camp or hang out on the beach stretch for the day. They can launch their skis and ride with everyone in the surf break there at the Oceano dunes beach camp grounds. I rode all day to get some last bit of training in before the IFWA contest the following week. There were a lot of great photos from the event and some coverage from the watercraft Journal and ProRider Magazine. The Liquid Militia Freeride team and I personally pitched in and sponsored some food to get the riders attending the event together on Saturday night. There was a large turnout of riders with amazing weather, and as much as I wanted to stay the whole weekend. I had to pack up and leave Sunday morning to get home, unpack, and repack to leave for Australia the next morning!
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Pismo Freeride Exposure:
Some drone Video footage Produced by Evan Kilkus
The Watercraft Journal – Pismo Spring Freeride 2015 Article

AUSTRALIA: (March 16- April 9th)
With the help of Rickter/RRP I was fronted the money to be able to fly out to the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Just barely making my flight from LAX I met up with Zack Bright on the way to our connection in Honolulu, HI. From there it was a party plane, flying from Hawaii to Australia with Brandon Lawlor, Zack, Pete McAfee, and Abraham Ho all on the same flight! Local rider Ben Dayman picked Pete and I up from the airport and drove us to the event site. Ben allowed me to borrow his 1000cc Rickter EDGE that was just about identical to my own at home which really helped me perform at my best ability for the contest. Without his support I would not have had the ability to perform my best that weekend.

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IFWA World Tour Stop #1 Sunshine Coast, Australia: 3rd Place Finish
The contest conditions were very small but had just enough to get us airborne and something to surfride.. most of the time. The event promoters did a fantastic job in the short amount of time, and with the amount of riders that attended. I ended up qualifying first amongst the non pre-seated riders, putting me in a good competitive bracket the next day. Competing in head to head 5-8 minute heats judged 50%surfing 50% Freestyle MX(air). I battled some incredible riders to get to the semi final round VS the 7x world champion Pierre Maxient from france. Pierre and I went back and fourth for 8 minutes in an intense head to head heat. Pierre pulled ahead just at the end of our round by pulling off 3 super flips in incredible small and terrible condition waves. At the end of the day I lost to the world’s best rider by one point riding borrowed equipment in small rough conditions. I can’t wait to take him on in the coming european rounds! To end the contest I had a tough battle with Abraham Ho for 3rd and 4th place. I did not realize that with all of the stress of the final day I did not eat anything except a small breakfast. I had never been so exhausted in my life in a heat, but managed to come out ahead getting the 3rd place finish for this first tour stop.

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Contest Exposure:
VIDEO: Jetpilot Produced video
VIDEO: Rickter Team World Tour AU
Pro Rider Magazine: Article coming in May/June Print Edition
Watercraft Journal: Article/Gallery
Photos shot by Andrew “Skippy” Donovan

Australia Extended adventure:
Backflip attempt and Barrel Rolls on WORX Sea Doo Spark/ Hanging out with Nitro Circus friends
After a successful demo surfride on the new WORX modified Sea-Doo Spark I was almost positive I could barrel roll and or backflip this new revolutionary production sit down watercraft. With that idea and blessing to do so from Gary Watson of WORX. I extended my flight plan an extra week to further modify the spark with footsteps, and coordinate getting photography and surf aligned. The goal of this production was to not only accomplish a world first, but also hopefully generate some viral internet exposure with its content. The barrel rolls went well.. however the backflip was not as successful and had a costly reset process after learning some more about how the spark handles these extreme situations. On the last day before I left, we set out early to attempt to get the best surf and light for the cameras. Everything showed up to the shoot except for the right size surf. After waiting for over an hour I decided to get a barrel roll on film. Unfortunately, the way that I landed this roll caused the top deck steering brace to snap through, pitching me off the side of the ski unexpectedly with my left foot still strapped in. This resulted in a halt to the production as well as a later diagnosed category 2 lateral left ankle sprain. In the end it was still a blast breaking out of my comfort zone attempting something that hasn’t been accomplished for myself and my sponsors. Big thanks again to Gary and Emma at WORX Racing Components for all their support on this trip!

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​Spark Flip Exposure:
VIDEO: Barrel Roll Video on my YouTube Page
The Watercraft Journal Write up / Gallery
Pro Rider Watercraft Magazine Write up

Easter Holiday week in OZ with the Nitro Circus family:
In between and around all of this I was able to link up with my friend Tommy Passemante who most know as “Streetbike Tommy” from the Nitro Circus production. The entire Nitro crew came into town at that time for their upcoming gold coast tour stop. I got to meet a lot of the crew when I attended a little Nitro Easter celebration at Travis and Lyn-Z’s. From seeing my first rugby game, watching Fast7 and eating the best burritos in Australia at Wahoo’s Burleigh. It was unreal to hang out with such a diverse group of professional athletes and especially for them all to be so cool. I was able to get myself involved in a few videos that were shot during the time, it was just an unreal cool experience overall. I can’t thank Tommy enough for opening that door through the Shredder Backflip production back in October​IGrugbynitro

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Australia to Lake Havasu, AZ: World Finals Race Qualifying (April 10-11th)
Immediately upon arriving at LAX airport, my wingman from Alaska Tanner Thomas picked me up from the terminal. We went straight to my house to rest for a few hours, eat breakfast, load up my Rickter, and head straight out to Lake Havasu. Tanner and I both ride for KMG Racing and went out there to meet up with them to qualify in our classes for the World finals later in the year. With my busy travel schedule, this is the only race I can make it to before the world finals. My ankle was not doing well being still within the 3rd day of its sprain. I was able to ride enough motos both days to get qualified. Tanner got first in freestyle while i helped announce for the freestyle contest. It wasn’t a big results weekend for me after all that had happened in OZ. However, the positive outcome was that I am now qualified for the world finals. And I know that I have to heal my ankle as quickly as possible for the European freeride rounds around the corner!

Exposure from the Race:
Video From my Instagram heading to the race

April Ankle Sprain: Sprint to Recovery with Fullerton Physical Therapy
After Havasu I checked myself into the care of MPT Ron Cunningham at Fullerton Physical Therapy. He diagnosed the condition of my left ankle as a category 2 lateral sprain. He immediately put me to work on an aggressive physical rehabilitation program. Between and around work the last few weeks, I have been going to physical therapy every day. It is currently week 3 of my rehabilitation and I am already feeling 60-70 percent better. I am walking around and running normal for the most part, however when my left foot is harnessed in (foothold), and I am swinging from that ankle (flex flip, scarecrow roll, ect.) is where the extra strength recovery is still needed. With their help, I am sure I will have the best chance of competing as close to 100% as I can get for the next 3 European tour stops around the corner. I can’t thank Ron, Kyle and the entire staff at Fullerton Physical therapy enough for their help. The recovery is great however being off of my ski to do so before a contest is driving me absolutely crazy.

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Coming Up next:
IFWA European Tour: Rounds 2,3,4
Portugal May 23rd-24th
France – May 29th-31st
UK – June 5th-7th

This last excursion has been an absolute rollercoaster ride! Through it all, I can’t thank my Family, friends, fellow riders, and 2015 Sponsors enough for their support making this all happen in their own ways.
2015 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
KMG Racing
Champion Timepieces
Performance Fiberglass
Pacific Motorsports Brea
Patty’s Cakes & Desserts
Offset Development
Fullerton Physical Therapy

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