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2016 Season Close Update: 2x IFWA World Champion – Mark Gomez

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
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Hello Friends, Family, and Sponsors,

I would really like to apologize for the delay in these emails. If you have followed me on social media, you may have been able to keep track of the nonstop action these last several months. Since my last email update in May, I had a successful sweep of the opening three European rounds of the IFWA World Tour. I then went stateside and immediately immersed myself in three back to back event weekends driving around the West Coast. From that time forward, the size of potential email updates grew into what is best described as a larger and larger snowball, growing each week I traveled.

I am much harder on myself than most think and I take a lot of pride in being able to effectively communicate to the people that help me along the way. I also want to be able to paint a brief, but highlighted, story of each of my travels for those who don’t use social media. This brings me to the end of my season, when I finally have had more than just a week in between events (besides the holidays). As the dust has now settled and I collect the data from my year, I am really proud of the incredible season I was able to pull off, with podium results at almost every event!

Attached in this email and pictured below is my 2016 Pro Season wrap up report I prepared:
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This year I competed in the following series:
– IFWA World Freeride Championship Tour
Pro Watercross National Race and Freestyle Tour
– IJSBA World Finals of Racing and Freestyle
– Australian Freeride Nationals
– US Pro Freestyle Championship
– Many individual freeride events

 


My major highlights this year were the following:
– Defending my 2015 IFWA Freeride World Title with my second win this year as the 2016 World Champion, crowned last month in Japan.
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– Riding the North point of Nazaré with an average of 30 meter waves
– Representing Hydro-Turf as the brand’s Sponsorship Liaison
– Becoming the National Freestyle Champion on the Pro Watercross Tour
– Taking 4th in the world my rookie year in Pro Freestyle 1200 class
– Taking 3rd in the world in Vintage 550 racing class
– 24 events in 8 different countries, traveling over 89,200 road & air miles within 11 months, competing in all 3 categories of stand up jetskiing

Social Media

I have had a very successful year boosting my social media presence, which gives my sponsors a bigger exposure network with each additional post. My posts are the best that I can do to illustrate a timeline of my events, give updates of my travels, showcase cool photos and videos from the year, and more.

Instagram @Markgomez137 gained over 5,000 new followers this season! Apx 19,300 followers

Facebook/MarkaGomez gained over 2,500 new followers this season! Apx 7,500 followers


Viral Videos
Featured in two unique viral videos that exposed the sport to many different networks worldwide featured below:
 
Labor Day Backflip in a small pool
On Labor Day weekend, I arranged to take my new 1200cc Flatwater freestyle ski to my fiberglass sponsor John Crabb of Performance Fiberglass house to attempt a backflip in his swimming pool. I thought it was big enough until I put the ski inside of it and started riding around. My friends and sponsor, Liquid Militia, came in with their equipment to film it, produced the edit and released promotion. It went really well and caught a lot of attention on social media, getting a lot of shares from many big social media “superpage” feeds.
Facebook Video Views: 124,517 — Facebook Shares: 1,459
Youtube Views: 6,271 — Video Link here –> https://youtu.be/eysbVIJ8TyQ
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T-Rex Jetski Backflip video
This video came together as a quick last minute spoof after the SurfSlam contest in Oregon. My friend, Guillermo Casas who was in town from Costa Rica, filmed with his drone. I purchased an inflatable T-Rex costume with the intention of showcasing the best pro freestyle action in it and see what kind of footage we could come up with. It was fun and I was able to pull off some stunts, despite the awkward suit. I express shipped the video footage to Liquid Militia clothing and they got right to work on the edit and post production as before. This video was a HIT! It went insanely viral, and was featured on many famous viral websites (MSN, Yahoo, Shock Mansion, Gizmodo, Mashable, Digg, The Big Lead), Social media networks, National and International, TV networks, ESPN, FOX News, The Inside Edition and more! : T-Rex T-shirts for Men, Women, and kids are now available here through Liquid Militia Clothing!
Facebook Views: 114,936 — Facebook Shares: 1,659
Youtube Views: 197,939 — Video Link here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJcjCb6hs_g
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Tour Highlight Recaps
 
IFWA Freeride World Tour – 2016 World Title

This year’s IFWA tour took place in 6 different countries: Nazaré , Portugal – Lacanau, France – Newquay, UK – Bahia, Brazil – Oregon, USA – Kamisu, Japan. It was an incredible season with the opening winning streak along Europe. A big part of this success was shipping my personal TC Freeride built Rickter EDGE overseas to the European tour and final round in Japan. It took a lot of effort, logistics and resources to make it happen. In the end, it was well worth the reliability and comfort being on my own equipment, which was proven by my overall results. I did not pull this off alone. Along the entire tour, I worked with my teammate through many similar sponsors Abraham Ho from Cancun, Mexico, who was recently picked up by Monster Energy as an athlete with explosive style. We are a great team that works effectively to get through each tour stop. I won my second consecutive World Title. The tour is amazing and I enjoy meeting such a great group of riders and enthusiasts from around the world. It has so much potential to become even greater. I am working in the background to assist the great people there with all that I can, to ensure it reaches that next level.

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Pro Watercross National Tour – Pro Freestyle National Champion
An exciting feat was attending 5 out of 7 National tour stops. This was made possible by shipping my equipment with Brock Austin, his incredible family, the family of riders that toured with them as well, and KMG Racing.  Making it possible to race was Branden Edwards and his family. who allowed me to share their lites spec Yamaha Superjet. I competed in Pro Freestyle on a borrowed 1000cc Rickter XFR until I was able to complete my own 1200cc XFR for the National tour final in West Virginia. There were CBS Sports TV segments created where I plugged many of my sponsors during interviews with specific freestyle coverage in every edit. I was featured on many local/web ads and newspaper articles from my freestyle runs. This tour also has great potential to grow. I am stoked to have had the opportunity to experience this tour with such a great group of racers and pull off the National Title for Pro Freestyle.
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IJSBA World Finals Pro Freestyle – 4th In the World Rookie year 

This year my best friend in the sport, Tanner Thomas and I teamed up together to take on Pro Freestyle at the World Finals. We rented a house in Lake Havasu and brought in all the tools and equipment needed to build a fully functional compound. This enabled us to tweak and tune our Freestyle skis to be the best they could be. To help us with that task was our very good friend and amazingly talented mechanic, Hiroyuki Oginio “Ninja”, who flew in from Japan. I had very bad luck with self inflicted engine and ignition problems during my condensed training period prior to the World Finals. With the help of all of my sponsors, Tanner, and Hiro, I was able to get it completely dialed in just three days before the event. This was an incredibly stressful two and a half weeks, which set me back from many things. However, I came at those three days with a fire to improve like I never thought I had. Upon competition day I was able to bring a handful of new tricks to the Pro Freestyle scene that I carried over from the freeride world. The Flatwater Flex flip, NoCanDo flip, No Hand flip, and Super flip variations which earned 3rd place in the pack on the final day and 4th overall by points. It felt incredible to receive all the positive feedback from riders and fans about bringing freeride style into freestyle in just a short amount of time from when I started. With that, I am motivated more than ever to focus more attention to this next year and win the Pro 1200 Freestyle World Title next year!

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Thank you for the support through the storm

There was an incredible amount of work that had to be done every week in between events. I considered this a year of strictly competing because the amount of time I had to enjoy riding for practice was extremely scarce compared to the year before. Many times this season I would only be riding jetskis solely the day before or day of the events. My two Rickter jetskis were almost always in a box or trailer being shipped to a new location and/or coming back from one. I had to make big adjustments when things went wrong or changed due to mechanical problems, weather, ect. In a crazy way, I really enjoyed the challenges and more so being able to see it through that I accomplished my goals anyway. These kind of things forced me to lean on my sponsors, family, girlfriend, and friends for their support, understanding, and patience to make it through this unbalanced season of wild situations. Thank you for stepping up with me.

2017 and Thoughts Moving Forward

3rd IFWA World Title – Focus and take on Pro Freestyle World Title –
Train and hone overall riding ability – Educate and Expose the sport via video media.  

Overall, 2016 was an incredible year! I have many potential plans in the works for 2017 to carry the momentum from this year. With the success of the first Japanese round in the IFWA tour, there is much interest from the Japanese and excitement to improve the IFWA tour. I intend to support the association’s movement and compete once again on the 2017 tour to ride for a 3rd World Title. I plan to keep my schedule a little more open in between events to focus more on my quality over quantity, pertaining to my training, promotion, and most of all, exposure. This year I took on my rookie year of Pro Freestyle getting on competitive equipment with a sparing few weeks to train. I was able to make a hard push to place 4th in the world. Next year I want to train, focus, and win the US Freestyle Championships and Pro Freestyle World Title.

In 2017 I don’t intend to settle for just being a top ranked rider. I truly want to push myself with more training time to bring new things to the table, hone my skills, and be the absolute best I can be at every event. I am never completely satisfied with what I can do; I am always looking to improve, and try new things. This was a difficult thing to do this year, with the risk of the rest of my season in the back of my mind and the need to stay healthy for it. Most importantly, during motosurf and freestyle training, I will have more time and opportunities to get more unique and better videos and photos. I also need the time between events to edit, produce, and publicize this content. I am gearing up to create a weekly or bi weekly “Vlog” series. These videos will provide the opportunity to my followers to get a closer look into my jetski life.  There will be a little less production factor in order to edit them faster and feel more personal. In these Vlogs I will talk through any and all things jetski related including: part installations, maintenance, travel progress, rider interviews, sport education, trick walkthroughs, event coverage, product and sponsor promotion, and more.

This is a different path from this year, yet I intend to create an even bigger year from it in the long run. I will compete and attend events where it appeals most to my sponsors. Ultimately, I want to focus on generating new, interesting, and fun media that will broaden my exposure and reach out to a more diverse audience. I want to create videos that can become timeless, that speak to all of the up and coming riders who can take parts from it, build their equipment across the board, and improve their riding to come compete with the best. I have enjoyed this sport, putting in my all for over 12 years competitively. From a young age, I have been inspired by videos and media produced and featured by the best riders in the world. It would mean even more to be able to showcase my friends and competitors and bring more light onto the sport that we all love with these videos.

I can’t thank you all enough for your time to read this and most of all, your unconditional support, especially my 2016 sponsors below!
Salty Investments  
ESU Armor 
Tanner Thomas  my brother in Freestyle
Abraham Ho my brother in Freeride
Kaley & McNay Family

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 !

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

Keep up with my progress on social media:
Instagram: @MarkGomez137
Facebook/MarkGomez137

Mark Gomez Barrel Rolls Worx Modified Sea Doo Spark in Australia

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Took the Worx Racing Components modified Sea-Doo Spark out this morning with the intentions of going for another backflip attempt. Surf wasn’t ideal for it, so I went to get a barrel roll on film and landed extremely flat. Stoked to have given it all a hell of a go during this extended trip, but its time to retire the WORX spark freeride R&D project and get back home to my Rickter, and continue training for the rest of the IFWA tour rounds.

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

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