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2016 Schedule and Current Achievements

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Last year was one heck of a year, riding and competing around the world on the international freeride tour, and pulling off the 2015 IFWA world title. Additionally, I attended a variety of other events throughout the year. With the freeride tour as my primary goal, I was still able to tag a few race events and outside freeride events, attending a total of 14 events in the span of 12 months.

This year I am projecting to attend 24 events in 12 months amongst 9 different countries. This will be my biggest year yet, diversifying my riding, while now going for pro world titles in all three aspects I am scheduled to compete in. I have recently negotiated and signed an amazing contract with Rickter/RRP based upon great results, loyalty, and my further commitment to 2016 events. I am their only rider to pilot, and compete on both of their top of the line freestyle and freeride watercraft they produce this year. I am fully equipped to compete at the best level with these skis, built with the combined support from all of my sponsors.

Due to the magnitude of the years events, sponsorship to cover the overall year’s expenses is not completely sourced yet. I am working every opportunity I can between events, to manage and create proposals in order to seek the additional required funds.

Here is my current projected 2016 breakdown of events (click sheet to open image):

Mark Gomez 2016 Schedule Pic

Mark Gomez’s 2016 Schedule


Going for a second Pro IFWA Freeride World Title

IFWA Freeride World Tour –

National and international individually promoted freeride events



2016 Rickter EDGE FR carbon hybrid hull with black waffle cut Hydro-Turf – 10mm stroke 1000cc DASA engine – Stock ignition – Skat-Trak 155mm Magnum pump – built by T.C. Freeride

Racing / Pro Freestyle:

Racing Pro Lites and my debut year competing in Pro Freestyle, all for national and world titles.

Pro Watercross National Tour –
-Panama City, FL
-Pensacola Beach,FL
-Sparks/Reno, NV
-St. George, UT
-Charleston, WV (Nationals)
-Naples, FL (World Finals/ East coast)

-West coast race – Lake Perris (Qualifier)
-World finals – Lake Havasu

USA Freestyle National Championship
-Lake Havasu – Round 1 Pro Freestyle 1200cc
-Fort Myres – Round 2 (Pending schedule conflict)


Flatwatertraining Freestyletraining

Prior to June 2016 – Rickter XFR Carbon Hydrbid demo ski from world finals – 1000cc DASA engine – 155mm Skat- Trak pump – Stock ignition – built by TC Freeride.

Post June 2016 – New personal Rickter XFR Lt – DASA 1200cc engine – 159mm Skat-Trak magnum pump – built by TC Freeride.

Borrowed stock spec Yamaha Superjet for racing pro ski stock class on national tour thanks to the Edwards family.

Current Achievements thus far: 

Without being completely ready myself, the year is already underway.

January –

Daytona Beach Freeride – Daytona Beach, Florida
-Surf n Style contest Champion
-Backflips in hotel swimming pool with another rider
-Opening appearance and segment in event video:

​February –

NZ Festival of Freeride 4 – Auckland, NZ
-Invited as an international guest to meet, coach, and hang out with riders at event.
-Interviews and riding appearances in two videos-One video currently going viral on Good Morning America for a friend at the event knocking a drone out of the sky with his jetski. – 151,000 Views


March –

Huck N Hold Pro Freeride Contest – Gunnamatta Beach, Australia
-3rd place Pro Freeride

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Now heading to to WaveDaze in Virginia Beach to break in my new 2016 Rickter EDGE and take a stab at the competition there. The new Rickter heads back out and across the Atlantic to Europe for the start of the IFWA tour.

This is shaping up to be an intense year with back to back events!
I couldn’t be going after this year like I am if it wasn’t for my incredibly supportive 2016 sponsors:

Rickter – RRP
Mystik Lubricants
DASA Engines
WORX Racing Components
Liquid Militia Clothing
TC Freeride
Jet Renu
Hot Products
Bomber Floating Eyewear
KMG Racing
Cold Fusion
Factory Zero
Performance Fiberglass Repair
Salty Investments
ADR Crankshafts

Thank you for your support


Hot Products 2016 Catalog Cover

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

I am thrilled to have made the cover of the worlds best performance watercraft parts distributor Hot Products USA. Hundreds of copies getting printed and shipped to shops worldwide. Hot Products has been a strong standing sponsor for me for years and have really been a catalyst to a lot of my success in building and maintaining my equipment throughout the seasons.


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Inside cover of Hot Products cover

Inside cover of Hot Products catalog

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.



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 ->



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:

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
Worx Racing Components
Hot Products
Liquid Militia Clothing
TC Freeride
Cold Fusion
Thrust Innovations
Bomber Floating Eyewear
ADR Crankshaft
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

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!

A New Beginning with Performance Fiberglass, Hydro-Turf, Kommander Industries, Impros, Cold Fusion, & Liquid Militia

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

It has been a while since I have been able to update my website but its time to give credit where credit is due and tell the story of how my 2011 Freeride ski came together.

Mark Gomez's 2011 Freeride ski

For the last 3 years I have been making the best of my OEM Black top White bottom 2004 Yamaha Superjet. This ski has worked great for me yet it has been super hard to grab a camera’s attention unless I was 15 feet from shore in perfect lighting. So after the midshaft on my ski broke I was motivated to completely part out the ski in order to fix the problem and while I was at it, strip down and repaint the ski. This would be the start of my “new” ski for the 2011 season.


With a totally gutted ski I made my way over to my Fiberglass sponsor shop, Performance Fiberglass in La Habra, CA. John Crabb there has supported me since the beginning when he helped me create the ultimate freeride 550. John is like a family member to me and I would not be where I am now if it was not for his support.
Mark Gomez's Freeride 550sx

I respect this sponsorship from John so much because he gives me more than a great looking and strong custom ski. Nothing of mine in that shop gets done without me coming in there and doing mostly all of the work myself. As I grind away and lay up fiberglass, John is right there handing me more materials that I need and showing me exactly how and why to do it. So overall it is the knowledge of fiberglass materials and body work that I have gained from working in the shop that really makes me appreciate all of the hard work that goes into fixing and modifying my jet ski.

I started out by sanding the entire ski down, removing all old logos, and patching up areas that needed fiberglass reinforcement and or repair. My frMark Gomez's old Black Freeride ski Before repaint iend Eric Garcia helped spray the primer coat on my ski as soon as it was ready which I then completely wet sanded down with 3 levels of high grade grits to prepare for the paint layers. From there we mocked up the general design with the pin stripe tape. After we were satisfied with what we created, it was time to spray the first base layer of black. From there we applied the pinstripe design again to mask off what would be the black pinstripe on the final product. From there we sprayed the next layer which was the gloss white. we then masked those portions off to spray the house of colors metallic blue. Moving on from there we masked off all the blue in order to spray the final color which was the metallic silver. When the paint mist settled we pealed off all of the masking to reveal a flat version of the final product. The shine then came from the immediate and final layer of the clear coat which tied all of the paint lines together, protects the paint from UV rays, and gives the boat that semi gloss finish. Eric Garcia helped me out big time by color sanding and buffing out the final clear coat to give it the beautiful mirror finish I did not trust myself to do right the first time. See the entire sequence bellow.

Eric Garcia Shooting my primer coatPrimer coatSanded down primer coat ready for paintPaint scheme mock upWhite base coat sprayedWhite paint area masked off

Metallic Blue sprayed Metallic Blue masked off to spray silverMetallic Silver sprayedMasking removed to reveal flat finishClear coat sprayed The final product color sanded


With the ski completely painted it was time to install the Hydro-Turf padding for the tray and rails of my ski. Hydro-Turf has supported me since the beginning of my riding career and has done the same for the entire industry. I personally believe Hydro-Turf it is the best traction product available for every Freeriding and freestyle jet ski application. With a paint scheme like this I did not want to do just one color. Which is where my imagination went wild with the recent release of Hydro-turf’s new line of 2-tone custom Hydro-turf. I ordered 4 different styles of the two tone all with black base in the cut diamond pattern.

The total Hydro-Turf materials I used for this ski added up to apx. $480.00 in value including the following:

1 sheet each of the following in Cut Diamond:
–Custom White top Black Bottom Custom 2 tone Hydroturf Rails
–Custom Royal Blue top Black Bottom
–Gray top Black Bottom Cut Diamond

-1 Sheet of Black Molded Diamond
-1 Sheet of 26mm under-padding
-1 Sheet of Gray 8mm under-padding
-1 Sheet of Black 9mm under-padding
-1 Handlepole Shock Pad (Superjet)
-1 1″ Kick tail


With the custom two tone colors, I painstakingly cut aligned and glued the different matching colors along the bond line of my ski to in a sense match the paint job flow. this process alone took my an entire day.

Shaped 26mm Hydro-Turf Under padding  After the rails were turfed I moved on to the tray of the ski where I padded the top of the rails with the 8mm gray under padding which shapes really easily using sand paper or a di-grinder sanding disc. When the padding was set I used the custom 2 tone White top with Black base for the sides with a Royal Blue Hydro-TurfRear view of Custom Hydro-Turf Job logo cut into the sides. After the side rails were complete, I installed the Black molded diamond dash. With all the side walls in the tray being turfed, it was time to work on what I believe is the most important part of personal protection available by Hydro-Turf, the under padding. The 26mm Black plush Under padding is the best padding to be used because of its extreme durability and dampening properties that prevent high impact injuries such as broken bones, sprains, and other impact related injuries. I utilize the 1″ kick tail slope in my footholds to brace the back of my heel with a soft but grippe resistance. When I put my weight back on my heel during a surf slash or “kick in” to my foothold, It feels snug. The biggest key to utilizing Hydro-Turf’s under padding is the ability for it to be shaped and sanded to your needs. I heavily shaped the rear padding to cleanly contour the footholds, the high spot where the 26 mm under padding comes over the top of the 1″ kick tail, and finally blending the sides of that slope down to cleanly meet the beginning of the side rails. Blending the underpad and creating smooth contours only makes the final layer of turf easier to apply.

      That being said after I had everything shaped, I then custom cut the base turf which I chose to use Black Molded Diamond. The 2 tone Hydro-Turf is extremely nice looking yet at the end of the day it is very thin Hydro-Turf laminated on top of Hydro-Turf. A high friction area like the base of the tray around the foothold area tends to ware the top thin color off quickly. The Molded Diamond is the toughest type of Hydro-Turf I like for tray base applications. After the turf was glued I seamed the blue in the black together with a thin strip of the Royal Blue two tone to blend the side of the rear rails together. The last part of the turf job was laying some custom cut 2 tone Gray with black on the inside of my hood to protect the hood from the rubbing of my hood straps. It would also to allow room for my semi legally located CF numbers. I also Turfed and installed my Tomski bolt on Front Foothold.

Custom Hydro-turfed hood
Mark Gomez 's Custom Turfed kicktail rear view close upTomski Front Foothold Turfed and Installed


With a fresh painted and turfed ski it was time to set it off with the sponsor logos that make it all happen for me. I took the ski over to my good friends and sponsors at Liquid Militia. Ryan Smith the lead graphic designer of the company took all of my sponsor logos and di cut them all with a matching 2 tone black and white accent. I cant say enough for how bad ass the logos came out and how they really set the ski off.  Thank you Liquid Militia!

Mark Gomez's SJ at SurfSlam 2011

Motor & Drive-line

With a killer looking ski it was time to get a heart to the beast by my new motor sponsor Steve Webster of Kommander Industries in Phoenix, Arizona. I drove out to Phoenix one weekend with the game plan of bringing home a running ski back to ride the next day in Oceanside. On the way up I stopped to pick up some parts from my impeller sponsor Impros, in Redlands, Ca. Owner David Stewart helped me out big time by getting me hooked up with a Skat-Trak 144mm Magnum Mark Gomez's Kommander Built 760CC Freeride EnginePump and with his Impros series “Hooker” 9/15 Prop. I have run this prop before in my normal pump and have had excellent results in turbulent water conditions such as ocean white water and rough water in general. The Magnum Pump processes the water so efficiently it really gives the best results that a motor can put out for any stand up. I left Impros and about 4 hours later I arrived at Kommander Industries. Where one of the Kommander Industries technicians and another good friend of mine, Chad Cole already had most of my motor assembled.

I brought the remaining pieces of the puzzle which included the box of Cold Fusion billet parts I was really excited to have on my ski. Carl Gramberg of Cold Fusion has been building some of the  best billet components in the world for just about everybody including the army since 1984. Carl besides being a billet mad scientist, is an avid freerider himself who still loves to see progress in the sport of freeride from riders he supports and has the ability to build new and innovative parts to keep that cycle of progress going further and higher. For this leg of my build I got a new Cold Fusion Billet Flywheel Cover that has a perfectly machined grove for the exact clearance of the special O-Ring he provides. This allows a gasket free seal which also Mark Gomez's Cold Fusion Partsmeans 100 percent water/leak free seal as well. Not to mention it looks bad ass! The next component I got was the Cold Fusion Billet light weight Yamaha Couplers. I have ran these couplers before and they are in fact the lightest, strongest, and in my opinion the best functioning drive-line couplers available. They are not only light but they are much smaller in diameter which reduces the outside spinning mass when compared to the huge OEM Yamaha engine couplers. Being smaller with 3 large coupler teeth helps make engine alignment a lot easier to do with a closer clearance between coupler teeth. With a lightened flywheel and these couplers I have noticed amazing response in the bottom end “hit” and acceleration from my ski. The last bit of billet goodness I am the most excited about, is the complete set of Cold Fusion’s Billet Motor Mounts. These mounts have a billet base with a somewhat complex billet tower machined above it which is then engulfed in vulcanized rubber which is a process that literally welds the rubber to the billet aluminum. This process not only makes the motor mounts virtually un-breakable,but  having the vulcanized rubber also gives these motor mounts better dampening properties than OEM mounts! With the design of the billet mounts you no longer need to run the Kenney Keeper engine restraints because these mounts do not let me motor flex forward on high impact stops! Over all I am really impressed and happy that these are the first and last motor mounts I will purchase for this ski. Carl has out done himself with this space age jet ski technology and cant thank him enough for his support!

Cold Fusion Billet O-Ring sealing Flywheel Cover for Yamaha EnginesCold Fusions Revolutionary Vulcinized Billet MotormountCold Fusion Light Weight Billet Yamaha Driveline Couplers

Back to Kommander Industries, Chad Cole helped me assemble my entire ski from the ground up with all the components that were loose or missing. The engine package they put together for me is a Yamaha 701cc cylinder punched out to 760cc and ported by Steve Webster. The internals consist of a killer billet stock stroke crankshaft from my good friends Aaren Davis and Jeff Seebold at ADR/Competitive cranks, Non-ported 62T cases, Delta V force 2 Reeds with a Reed spacer kit, Black Jack Performance modified 38mm Carburetors, Kommander Industries Girdled billet head, LPW lightened OEM Flywheel, Jet ski Solutions Stator, Cold Fusion Flywheel cover, Cold Fusion Light weight couplers, and a Kommander Industries Port matched Factory B Pipe with Mod Chamber. In a matter of a few hours and a few squirts of primer fuel my freeride ski growled to life. It had been such a long journey to get my ski back together it was hard to believe that it was actually my own ski that fired up. After taking it out to break it in and a quick tuning session in Oceanside it is safe to say that this is the BEST freeride motor package I have ever had! The motor absolutely rips with only 140lbs of compression. I’ll go ahead and say who ever said you cant get power out of a low compression motor is foobar and clearly has not ridden a Webster motor! This motor has tons of power given its maximum potential which is propelled by the Magnum pump with an Impros Hooker impeller. All in all, If you are looking for a simple, reliable, and mostly powerful freeride motor then give Steve Webster a call and have him build you a killer engine package like mine!

Mark Gomez's Kommander Industries Engine Installed

Mark Gomez's Kommander built EngineThis engine has not only been a great freeride engine but since I have built this ski to the time I am writing this, I have placed 3rd overall in a race class against full blown limited 800cc stand ups, and taken 1st place race titles at the Grayland Open Pro Motosurf race class and the Pro Ski Class at the 2011 Blowsion Surf Slam. This set up I have is FAST… simple… but really freakin FAST!  Go visit now!

Big thanks to Steve Webster, Hydro-Turf, Liquid Militia, Performance Fiberglass,
Cold Fusion, Impros, and all of my other sponsors for coming together to help build one kick ass Freeride ski!

Steve Webster of Kommander Industries and Mark GomezMark Gomez's Pro Motosurf Race Winning Superjet

Thank you for your support,

Mark Gomez 1st on podium for 2011 Grayland Pro Motosurf Race

-Mark Gomez

Pre SurfSlam Update

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Wow the last month has been incredibly eventful with all kinds of ups and downs. Unfortunately the downs out way the ups but I’m keeping my head high and moving ahead full steam.

Where to start…

Four months ago in May I Sprained my ankle landing a rough Re entry bad enough to put me out for a grueling 5 weeks. However 5 weeks with an average 6 month recovery time for the severity of my sprain. My thanks goes out to the great staff at Fullerton Physical therapy and Doctors, Ron Cunningham and Steve Nicholas. I had physical training 3 times a week mixed with daily icing and electrical stem shock therapy. They really helped me out and got me back on my feet almost better than before. Thank you Fullerton Physical Therapy!

Then about a month ago, the day after i filmed my last video. I snapped my prototype AC Aluminum handlepole when I flat landed my first backflip.
A big thanks to Mike of AC Racing for handing me another handlepole to use right away. I was only down for a week while I sanded and shaped the new pole for my good friend and sponsor John Crab of Performance Fiberglass to paint.

Two weeks ago got caught slashing a wave that was too steep and sent my nose of my ski into the ocean floor as the wave crashed over me and my superjet. We were both held down a little longer than expected, with a faulty kill switch my engine was still idling and just as I surfaced water had flowed into my rear cylinder hydro locking it at the same time the front cylinder fired giving a non satisfying “clunk” noise. A few hours later back at my work and sponsor shop Pacific Motorsports I have the entire motor apart to reveal my worst nightmare that my 3 month old $400 Hot Rods Crank had bent a rod and fried my top end($300).

T minus 2 weeks and counting to surf

slam and I was looking at a FULL motor overhaul. This nightmare was well taken care of with my most grateful support from my boss Gordon at Pacific Motorsports for providing my engine seals, gaskets, a set of new 1.5mm overbore pistons, and for boring the cylinder right to spec. Then to come to my real rescue was Aron Davis of ADR who used the core of my hot rods crank and built me a bitchin OEM grade crank with OEM rods, bearings, and webs for an incredible price!

Monday my motor had hydro locked, and Saturday I worked from 9 AM to 3AM to finish rebuilding my motor, dropping it back into my ski, as well as re turfing my entire foot tray base of my ski with new Hydroturf and their new 26mm underpadding to help with better injury prevention. Huge thanks to my best friend’s brother and young Freerider Eric Gianetti was a huge help toward the late hours of the night, bringing me food and helping with misc odds and ends that would have taken me much more time to do than necessary.

The new motor works great minus and air leak which I just spent this last Saturday finding and fixing. bringing us to today. Now with a ripen motor and soft squishy tray, Randy Laine and I destroyed the small surf in Oceanside this morning. Tomorrow I will be back in the water with Ross Champion and Chris Rosner for our last O-side ride before we leave for Oregon Tuesday morning.

Next Friday I will be riding in my first competition ever at the 2009 Blowsion Surf Slam in Pacific City Oregon. This is the first time the IFWA has ever hosted an Amature Freeride class during a competition. However don’t let Amature fool you this class is packed with many young riders including myself who have been stepping up considerably for this event. I am extremely grateful to Jay and Leslie at Pacseal Hydraulics for financially sponsoring a generous portion of my expenses for this trip!
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Wish me Luck and thanks for the support!


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