What an incredible event. This was my first time attending an offshore race. With some great advise off PWCoffshore.com my partner from the mark Hahn….. dean brown, and of course my mechanic Steve friebe from Clawson motorsports I acquired all necessary required gear. This race is roughly 57 miles and due to my programming on my boat I built a gravity fed gas tank I mounted under my hood. This allowed me 4 more extra gallons I was hoping to use if race was run wide open. The course started off fairly calm but definitely turned into some rough riding.
I raced pro class hoping to contend with some of the greats like Warner and Gerner. I had a great start. Boat was running great. As a matter of fact I damn near led the race for awhile. I realized I was of course when the helicopter left me and head behind me and to my left.
As we approaches the turn boat I got glimpse of Warner headed back to long beach. After reviewing my go pro I was definitely 6th to turn boat even after going of course. Things went bad to worst as conditions got rougher by the minute. I soon lost track of riders and my line of reference became what I thought was the sea wall entrance raced out of. As I passed the seawall I realized I was just north of long beach. 3 miles. I made a hard 90 degree turn and boat completely shut off. I took all gear off and tried to track down the issue. Upon quick investigation I realized my trim had come loose and was banging against battery knocking cables loose. I managed to hold cables and start boat. I geared back up and followed sea wall into lb marina.
Third full day following race and my body is still sore. Although I came in 25th i can’t really be satisfied with that. I however am very proud of the fact i was able to finish despite small mechanical issues and my navigation not programmed so well. This was one of my first races back after the broken arm in October.
BIG thank you to my friends and family for the support: Kyle Ariza for making the trip with me. Thank u liquid militia for unplanned attendance. Steve friebe Clawson motorsports in Fresno for building a badass boat. Could prove to be both an endurance boat as well as a closed course beast. Jetpilot for the awesome gear, hydro turf for keeping me gripped to my boat. Odi, spy, dk1 design, Moto pro graphics and brentwood hydro graphics, dean brown, precision welding in Oroville. Rpm racing for putting on a great event. My beautiful and understanding fiance kelley and two amazing sons James and Cruz.