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Riding as part of the Champion Freeride Team: Introducing Champion Timepieces by Cold Fusion & Ross Champion

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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3 x world IFWA champion, professional freerider, and my good friend Ross Champion has teamed up with Carl Gramberg of Cold Fusion to create an exciting new business venture called “Champion Timepieces.”

From Ross’s Introductory blog on Championtimepieces.com:

promo1_imageCarl Gramberg and I (Ross Champion) are extremely happy to finally be able to announce Champion Timepieces. Champion Timepieces is a watch company with a vision for building a brand strongly rooted in jet ski culture that will be shared with the world.

We have been working hard the past 13 months on developing the company’s first entry in to the world of watch making the “ Fusion.” We are very proud to be able to announce this venture, along with the Fusion at this year’s Daytona Freeride.

If you are reading this, chances are our first model was made specifically for you. We created the Fusion to be an authentic representation of the culture that so much of our lives revolve around. To do that we use many of the same materials and manufacturing techniques in building the Fusion that have made our world of high performance watercraft what it is today.

My role as part of the Champion Freeride Team

Click here or the photo bellow to check out my Champion Timepieces profile

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Ross has hand picked 10 Pro Freeriders to represent the brand and lifestyle of Champion Timepieces. I am honored to be considered one of those 10 riders next to other iconic Freeriders and good friends such as Randy Laine, Marc Sickerling, Mike Serlin, Zack Bright, Jake Bright, Darin Andersen, Jake Montadon, Pete McAfee, as well as Ross and Carl themselves. Not only is it an incredible honor to ride apart of a team with such caliber of riders but Ross has been a massive influence on my progress and success over the last few years, I am excited to help Ross make this dream of his grow like he has done for mine.

1st Stop.. Champion Freeride Team takes on Mexico to Film

From Champion Timepieces site:
The Champion Freeride Team is getting together earlier in the month along with Fullgaz’s Ludo Mouveau and Pro Rider’s Ronny Mac for a production that will take us deep in to Mexico in search of perfect empty surf in the most remote Baja back country. In this project sponsored by Blowsion, Champion Timepieces, Cold-Fusion and Burn Industries, we will capture what freeride is about in its most pure form, and all that goes into planning and pulling off a trip off of this magnitude with 9 of the world’s best riders and 3 incredible media guys.

Join the Champion Timepieces Launch Party in Estero Beach, Mexico Feb 22nd-23rd

From Champion Timepieces site:
On behalf of Champion Timepieces I would like to invite all our friends and freeride family to the Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada, Mexico for our Fusion release party on Feb 22nd and 23rd.

Click here or the photo of the resort bellow for more details

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I don’t know what I am more excited about.. to be apart of something so awesome or the fact that its all going down bringing all of my closest friends in freeride together to party and ride in Mexico on my 24th birthday! Stoked!! thank you again Ross!

Keep an eye out for some incredible footage to come!

-MG

Liquid Militia Team Weekend 2013 – Santa Barbara, CA

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

An absolutely EPIC weekend at the Liquid Militia Clothing Private ranch party for sponsored riders and friends of in Santa Barbara, CA. Lots of partying on the beach and some great riding all caught on camera by Pro Rider Magazine photographer Ronny Mac. I participated in the big air contest, came out with the biggest wipe out then raced in the what seemed like a 100 lap motosurf race to finish 3rd overall. Overall a great weekend full of friends and good riding on a private beach, I love this event thank you Liquid Militia Clothing!! Make sure to check out the photo album from Ronny Mac who got some of my best riding photos ever in one weekend!

Click here or the photo bellow to view my Team Weekend 2013 Photo Album

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2011 Blowsion SurfSlam Shots from Jon Currier Photography

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Lately I had a chance to catch up with my friend and great photographer, Jon Currier. Better late than never, he sent me a collection of the photos he snapped of me at this last year’s 2011 Blowsion SurfSlam Freeride contest, which are featured bellow.

Jon has a unique way of getting the best details and colors out of his photos. His photos from this event were featured for the SurfSlam Article in the November issue of ProRider Magazine. Two of Jon’s shots of Pro Freerider Taylor Curtis, made the front and back cover of this year’s Hot Products Catalog also.

Click here to view my entire 2011 Blowsion SurfSlam gallery.

To see all of his incredible work around and outside of snapping jet skis, Check out his website Jon Currier Photographywww.joncurrierphotography.com

Thanks!

-MG

Argentina bound in February 2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

I am excited to announce that I will be traveling to Villa Gesell, Argentina February 1st-8th with fellow pro freerider and friend Zack Bright! We have been invited by our friends Pablo Wolf and  Daniel Harry Puddu. Pablo is an outstanding freerider, racer, and also head organizer for most events in Argentina, who is able to arrange such outstanding sponsorship to allow them to invite international riders like Zack and I over every year. The last 2 years they have brought riders such as Ross Champion, Pierre Maixent, Jerry Jones, and Mike Serlin, this is a huge honor to be invited. Harry Puddu is the creator of Jetskilaplata.com.ar and is a travel agent who has coordinated and arranged all of our flights and accommodations. Harry interviewed me for Jet ski la Plata online which was my first online international interview back in 2009 (click here to see the interview).I recently had the opportunity to meet Harry in person when he came  to Oceanside to ride with us last summer.

Zack and I will be Pro Invited Freeriders apart of Argentina’s biggest motosurf race and freeride event of the year, February 4th-5th. Zack will be bringing his girlfriend Kristen, and I will be bringing my girlfriend Bianca who’s entire family is from Argentina. Bianca will be huge support for me breaking through the language barrier I currently have until I become fluent in Spanish. The people of Argentina are going over the top keeping us at a 5 star hotel with all accommodations paid for. My friends Rodry Duran of Rad Jetski, Mai Adams, Leonardo Gomez, and Luis Hernan Corti have all been working hard over the last few months to prepare an awesome Freeride Superjet for me to ride at the event. The sheer generosity and excitement through freeride in Argentina absolutely blows my mind, and I’m not even there yet! It is safe to say I am over the top excited to take off on the 1st of February to see and ride with my new found friends in Argentina. I will briefly update my experience on my website but this entire trip will be covered in an article I will write for the February/March issue of Pro Rider Magazine. If you have not subscribed make sure to do so today at www.Proridermag.com!

 

2012 Daytona Beach Freeride Recap

Friday, January 20th, 2012

This Daytona Freeride was yet another killer trip and way to kick off the new season. I landed Thursday morning in Daytona Beach around 11am and was picked up 1 bag short by Freestyler Michael Petro. Delta had been so kind to leave my personal bag full of my gear and essentials during my layover through Atlanta. Fortunately, they fixed their mistake and had it on the next flight and hand delivered to my hotel room within 6 hours. I cruised up and down the beach Thursday re uniting with old friends and meeting a few new friends as I walked along the beach. I only had my helmet and board shorts so I wasn’t too stoked to jump on any skis without shoes and gear. My friend Scott Stevens threw some large gear on me and got me to ride his modified round nose Superjet with a widened bond line, lowered tray, and minus 2 inches off the hull. That ski handled amazing, it was a bummer having only 1 foot waves to test it on. This was a great little ride to shake out the rust from not riding in a little over 2 ½ months.

That night everyone came together as later flights touched down and people drove in. I met up with Kyla and Ryan of Liquid Militia Clothing, and my hotel room mates DJ and Natalie Graham, Chris Anyzeski, Kevin Colins of LegDrag, and many more. We all ended up crashing Kyla and Ryan’s hotel room as friends would come in and out, some familiar and some new faces. I would then find myself harassing some of the drunkards on the 3rd floor balcony of the hotel with my RC helicopter which was really fun. It escalated to a helicopter dog fight when my friend Drew Supon brought his RC helicopter to the party. I got too blood thirsty after the first take down of his chopper and ended up loosing control and braking some parts on mine ending the dog fight permanently.

On Friday I decided to change gears of my Daytona freeride experience a bit since my recent participation in the flat water freestyle scene. I got myself a ride and spent the day at local Lake Diaz for “Flat Water Friday”.  There had to have been well over $160,000 in full blown top dollar freestyle skis along the lake side. Freestyle riders from all over would ride all the different brand and styles throwing down the baddest flat water tricks and then going huge off the periodical double boat wake sessions. I got to ride quite a few skis, and the one I had the most fun on was amateur freestyler Daniel Martin’s brand new X-Metal KDX 900. This ski was hands down the most powerful 900cc power plant I have ever ridden so far. Flat water back flips were as simple as pulling the trim and throttle and screaming, “WeeeEEEE!!!” all the way around. That night I went out to dinner with the New York Crew at the Crazy Horse restaurant which was full of laughs as always. We then waddled over to Dimitri’s Greek restaurant where I ran into familiar new arrivals like Mike and Arno of Hydro-Turf and many other friends. It was all fun and games until someone (as in me) got iced… Thanks Liquid Militia and Team Xtreme ya bastards!

On Saturday I finished up the final touches on the Yamaha superjet Kevin Colins of Legdrag brought back for me to ride and was the 3rd person on the water. The year before, I had brought my own shortened handlepole and steering system making the superjet very familiar and comfortable for me to adapt to. Kevin did his best, but was only able to find a stock length pole which after 30 minutes of riding left me very frustrated as I could not get back into the saddle of control and comfort in my riding. I brought the Superjet in and was given permission to ride my friend Scott Stevens Red Trinity Matrix ski. This is the Matrix that I had rode the year before that helped me choose what hull I would use.

After 10 minutes of riding his Matrix, I felt completely back in control and in my groove. I was able to ride fast and technical, slash lips faster without pearling, and over all I just felt unstoppable. I ended up loving this ski so much, I rode it all day! I also took it to the line of the Motosurf race where I raced it in the open ski class. Having an X-Scream 865cc engine with a 148 Magnum pump and short ride plate, it was fast as hell yet it was not the most ideal race set up. The hull handled extremely well, except for when I would jump waves all the power behind the ski would make it want to jump back up nose high. Scott and I tried to modify the ski with a longer ride plate which helped but still wasn’t quite enough to balance the power in the water. I believe I ended up 4th place and 5th place in the two motos.

Between the two races I rode in the sickest trick contest. Pro Freerider Taylor Curtis blew everyone’s mind on his Rickter XF-R when he stomped a back flip re-entry also known as an under flip re-entry. I was up next after him with two minutes to stomp something more amazing than an under flip re entry with crap for waves. I managed to get 3rd place for either the No handed barrel roll I threw, or the 2 rail grab re entries I did.

Booster Nugget, the 2011 15 year old amateur freeride champion Christian Young, took 2nd place with a solid look back surf stance barrel roll and back flip. Everyone packed up their skis and head up to the tower of power hosted by promoter Mikey Young for the awards and raffle. It was there where I received my 3rd place trophy and bought $40 in raffle tickets only to come out with nothing which was a big bummer. That night the shenanigans rolled on to club 509 where I hung out with Pro Australian Freerider Nick Barton. I decided to drink with an Aussie, so let’s just say the night ended in a bit of a blur.

Sunday morning got off to a late start after some much needed sleep and a quick pack to get my stuff out of the room we had to check out of. With most people leaving to get back home for their work week, the amount of available skis dropped considerably, including Scott’s Matrix and the Superjet Kevin brought. I ended up getting in the water mid day and rode some awesome skis though! I got to test out Nick Barton’s Australian built Krash hull which was rad. I also got to ride the Blowsion built Light Weight hull from Germany. I rode the Light Weight ski over to the far end of the beach to help the Blowsion crew and Photographer Ronny Mac set up the ski for a Pro Rider Magazine cover shoot, with a great looking swimsuit model. The last ski I got to ride was Mark from Rad Dudes completely gnarly and unique fixed steer Rickter FR-2.

That night I went out to dinner with Liquid Militia, freeride founder Nick Foederer, Hydro-turf, Jeff Bolte and a few other good friends. After a killer dinner we went down stairs to check out an mind blowing live band. Monday morning Kyla and Ryan took off to Orlando and I got a ride to Melbourne with Ronny Mac to meet up with Bobby Howering of Trinity composites, builder of the Matrix hull. Bobby and I got to Iron out the details of my new hull build featured in my last blog post. I spent the night at my local buddy Bronson Dafoe’s house and was conveniently transported back to Daytona by his fiancée Ashley who works at the Daytona speed way a block away.

This trip was yet another awesome freeride to be a part of. I was so happy to be able to ride so much and connect with so many good people.

Here is the link to my 2012 Daytona Gallery, which will have more photos as they become available. http://markgomez.net/photos/daytona-beach-freeride-2012

I look forward to my next adventure of 2012 destination: Argentina. More to come soon!
-MG

ProRider Watercraft Magazine November 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

ProRider magazine featured Recaps of the Blowsion SurfSlam and the World Finals. I am featured in the SurfSlam segment for my Pro Motosurf Race title. I have my photo in the Impros Ad. I am also featured in a few photos from the World Finals segment as well as the mention of my racing world title.

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