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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):

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Mark Gomez’s 2016 Schedule

Freeride:

Going for a second Pro IFWA Freeride World Title

IFWA Freeride World Tour – www.ifwa.com.br
-Portugal
-France
-UK
-Brazil
-USA
-Japan

National and international individually promoted freeride events

Riding:

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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 – www.prowatercross.com
-Panama City, FL
-Pensacola Beach,FL
-Sparks/Reno, NV
-St. George, UT
-Charleston, WV (Nationals)
-Naples, FL (World Finals/ East coast)

IJSBA – www.ijsba.com
-West coast race – Lake Perris (Qualifier)
-World finals – Lake Havasu

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

Riding:

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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: https://vimeo.com/153532359
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​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.
https://vimeo.com/158133383 – 151,000 Views

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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
Hydro-Turf
DASA Engines
WORX Racing Components
Liquid Militia Clothing
Jetpilot
TC Freeride
Skat-Trak
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

-MG

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!

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!
mgcoverjsm2014The shot is a surf re-entry captured at the 2014 Daytona Freeride event by my friend and lovely photographer, Mel Smith.
JetSki Magazine is an international online publication available via smartphones, Tablets, and PC’s.

52 Hours of Driving Later We Arrived At the 2014 Daytona Freeride

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Rickter Team at 2014 Daytona FreerideMy friend and fellow pro freerider, Tanner Thomas and and I drove over 52 hours 2,700 miles from Morro Bay, CA to the 2014 Daytona Beach Freeride in Daytona Beach, Florida. We have been pulling the team RICKTER trailer, loaded up with the latest and greatest of the 2014 RICKTER line up powered by DASA Racing, pushed by Skat-Trak Magnum pumps, and built by T.C. Freeride. The Rickter west coast team coming to the event consists of riders Mark Gomez, Tanner Thomas, Taylor Curtis, Randy Lawlor, Brandon Lawlor, Abraham Ho, Rick Roy, and Jeff Bolte. Keep an eye out at the 2014 Daytona Beach Freeride event for  the entire team and skis! Tanner and I filmed a video on the road which is featured bellow. We are here now at the event and are ready for a great weekend. Thank you everyone for your support to get us here safely and supported with things to read about while being on the road for so long.

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Cheers to a great event!

-Mark

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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