The 2014 Blowsion Surf Slam goes down September 5, 6, and 7th. Making this even better is that our very own Zack Bright made one side of the flyer.
NICK NAME: ZB
SPORT: Jet Ski Freeride
HOME TOWN: Oceanside, CA
RIDING FOR: 4 years
SPONSORS: Liquid Militia, Hydro-Turf, Cold-Fusion, Premier Lath & Plaster, Powder & Sun Rideshop, Kalgard oil, Blowsion, Light Weight, Burn Industries, Fullgaz, AV Web Designs, DASA Racing, Jet Lift Beach Carts
- 2012 Blowsion Surf Slam Pro Freeride, Oregon
- 2012 IFWA Freeride Sintra, Portugal
- 2012 Jet Jump X-Tream Montalivet, France
- 2011 IFWA World Tour Pro Class
- 2011 Grayland Open
-1st Place Big Air Comp.
- 2011 IFWA Jet Jump Extreme Pro Freeride Comp
-3rd Place Overall; Montalivet, France
- 2011 Jet Jump Extreme French Championships Pro Freeride Comp
-2nd Place Overall; Montalivet, France
- 2011 Peruvian International Freeride Championships
-Pro Freeride Comp 2nd place overall; Playa Bujama,Peru
- 2010 IFWA Blowsion Surf Slam Pro Freeride Big Air Comp
-1st Place Overall; Lincoln City, OR
Zack Bright News
So at the end of a long day. I won my LCQ round then went back into the final bracket against Jake Montandon who’s ranked 2nd in the world. I lost by another very close heat. Jake went incredibly big on his airs which took the overall in our heat. In the end I ended up with a 9th Place finish for the Pro Open Freeride.
But in the Pro motosurf race that was another story. I ended up taking the win with a 1st place overall for the title and snatching up the dash for cash!!
Zack Bright took the K&S Big Air Showdown, with his no handed can-can flip that he pulled super clean. This makes it the second time Zack has won this title so maybe next year it will be a 3 peat.
In the Pro Open Freeride class I able to take a 5th place finish.
What a long journey it has been so far this year. I am very proud of how everything wrapped up so far in freeriding. This last weekend was the 2013 Blowsion Surf Slam in Pacific City Oregon, the 2nd stop on the IFWA World Freeride tour. I have been preparing for this event very hard since the last time you heard from me, just after the Grayland Open Amateur Freeride contest in August. Since then its been full blown free ride training. I rode mininum of 3 days a week and had some weeks we rode 6 days a week. Riding and practicing in Oceanside, CA and Pismo Beach, CA. I was also happy to start a good solid gym regiment and I have never felt better as a rider. This new TC Freeride built Rickter FR-2 EVO 1 has really been the key tool in my progression this year. I have never been so confident in the surf. This ski has some awesome Dasa horse power and key features that have made it possible for me to boost backflips off 2 foot tall waves but still charge 10 foot surf. For me all this practice and preparation was for my first full Pro Freeride debut at the 2013 Blowsion Surf Slam in Pacific City, OR.
I arrived on Tuesday before the weekend events with Zack Bright, Stanton High and Mark Gomez. We rode early in the week but the surf was very small which is unusual for Oregon, but it was nice to get our skis wet and let the 19 hour drive lag get worked out of our systems. When Friday rolled around it was time to qualify and get seated for the IFWA tour brackets. I qualified 6th and was pleased with how everything was shaping up. The surf kicked up on Friday into a good 10 foot typical Oregon washing machine that we all had to get acclimated to quick. Saturday we started the head to head elimination heats, my first heat was a very good one with friend and follow Rickter rider Randy Lawlor. Randy came out on top and I went into the LCQ bracket. From there I was fortunate in getting my runs together and went on to win my next two heats to secure a 5th place and was knocked out in the 8th finals by TC Freeride team mate Brandon Lawlor on a very action packed heat. The surf stayed strong all weekend holding thick 10 foot waves. It was also sunny and the warmest I have rode in Oregon yet!
I am very happy with a 5th place result and have learned a lot this season. I am trying to prepare myself for a full IFWA tour in the near future in hopes a chasing a IFWA Pro Freeride World Championship title. This was the first big step in going for that and I can see the rest on the horizon. The video footage from this event is going to be unreal I will be sure to share all of the amazing videos that will be popping up soon. But for now I have attached some good photos.
This next Sunday I will be flying out of Seattle Washington on my way to Warsaw Poland where I will be meeting the proud new owners of my last years Competition Rickter XFS. In Poland I will be helping train Maciek Siergiej for a competition the following weekend in Croatia. It is a very exciting opportunity and I am happy to be able to go.
2013 Sponsors: BAM, Tyler Rental, TC Freeride, Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska Diesel Power, JetLift, K-H20, Blowsion, GoPro, Rickter, Sign Pro, Dasa Racing, Cold-Fusion, Gasket Technology, Liquid Militia, Jetpilot, PC Hydraulics, JetManiac, Friends and family,Many supporters in and out of the industry I genuinely appreciate!!
Its all going down this weekend in Pacific city, OR
LM riders attending: Zack Bright, Mark Gomez, Cuong Son, Pete Zernik, and Tanner Thomas.
Not only was this the last race of the season for the West Coast regional Jet Ski race circuit. But it was also the series overall champions to be crowned. So with that being said here is how our team riders did.
Chris MacClugage —————————————
Chris took it back old school and dominated the Sport Open Spec Class. Chris not only won both motos taking 1st place for the overall that day. Chris was on a new prototype Bullet Racing hull which once again proved to be the fastest ski in the sport class.
This was the only class Chris raced this weekend, his GP ski is still back east since he was doing most of the IJSBA National Tour stops. Chris’s next big focus will be the 2013 IJSBA World Finals in Lake Havasu City during the week of October 5-13 2013.
Chris plans to race in the Pro Ski, Pro Ski GP, and Pro Sport GP classes during the WF!!
Ian Roberts ———————————————–
Ian Roberts was racing in the Pro-Am Ski GP class was able to take a solid 2nd place finish for the day.
For the overall in the series Ian took 7th place for the West Coast. Ian will be hitting the remanding DJSA Nor Cal Races and the 2013 IJSBA World Finals. He’s shooting for top 5 in the Pro Ski GP class at WF.
Ryan Decker ———————————————-
Ryan competing in two classes the first one Am Ski Open in race #3 took the win with a 1st place finish. And race #18 against the big boys in Pro-Am Ski GP he took 5th place.
Giving Ryan the 2013 Series win 1st place overall in Am Ski Open and in Pro Ski GP he takes 4th overall. Ryan is also looking forward to the last big race of the season the 2013 IJSBA World Finals.
Tera Laho ————————————————
Tera has come on strong since her come back. Deciding to play with the boys and really go for it. Tera took 3rd place in Race# 18 Pro-Am Ski GP.
Giving her for the overall in the series in Pro-Am Ski GP for the west coast a 6th overall. Like many of her fellow teammates she also plans to focus and train leading up the 2013 IJSBA World Finals.
Mark Gomez ———————————————
Mark’s been busy on the track in race #3 he took 3rd place in Am Ski Open, Vintage 550 Ski he had some exhaust issues loosing the hood lead him to victory for the win taking 1st place.
In Am Freestyle he was able to pull off a 1st place with his sassy self. For the overall in the series in Am Ski Open 8th place, Am Freestyle 4th, and Vintage 550 Ski 8th. You can catch Mark hitting the 2013 Blowsion Surf Slam in September then off to the 2013 IJSBA World Finals in October.
Brock Austin ———————————————
Brock was set for race #13 Pro-Am Ski Stock took 4th place. and in Race #18 Pro-Am Ski GP he ended up with 8th.
For the overall in the series Brock took the following; Expert Ski Limited 7th place, Pro-Am Ski GP 3rd place, and in Pro-Am Ski Stock 2nd place.
It’s off to Lake Havasu where Brock will be training, and training.. and dialing in skis then before you know it the 2013 IJSBA World Finals will be getting kicked off where Brock hopes to take home another title.
Mike Demauro ——————————————
Mike, Our freestyle Freddy. Mike did pretty good this weekend and threw out the whole series. 550 Vintage Mike claimed a 6th place finish. And in Am Freestyle he took 2nd place. For the overall in the series he ended up in AM freestyle 1st place Overall, and in Vintage 550 Ski 3rd.
Zack Bright ———————————————–
Zack’s giving this racing thing a spin. Zack competed in Race #14 Vintage 500 Ski and kinda got DQ (for not having a 550 lol) so he setteled for a 12th place finish. But For the overall he took 10th in the series. Like fellow team rider Gomez Zack will also be attending the 2013 Blowsion Surf Slam in Pacific City , OR in September looking for a 1st place win!! Zack will end up in Lake Havasu with everyone else at the 2013 IJSBA World Finals in October.
BROCK AUSTIN- I raced in Pro ski stock and Pro ski GP. I took 2nd behind Klipper in Pro ski stock and 5th in Pro GP.
MARK GOMEZ- I raced in Amateur ski Open and placed 3rd overall. I had to fight my ass off for my podium finish both motos since I had average starts that put me mid back of the pack each race. I also rode during the freestyle show with Daniel Martin and Mike D. This was just for fun to help the event, I let Daniel Martin do 2 Barrel rolls over my heard while I was floating on my ski in the middle of the show area. I also took the on site Jettribe promo girl for a little Liquid Militia Hood Rodeo ride.
RYAN DECKER- I raced in AM-Open & Pro-AM Ski Open. I took First in amateur open and 4th in pro am ski open.
MIKE DEMAURO- I Competed in freestyle and Vintage 550 Ski. I took 1st place in freestyle and 2nd place in 550 Vintage. I’m just happy to support our local races and have good time.
Congratulations to all our riders who attended this race and took home a win. Everyone of our riders was able to podium in the top 3 in one race or another well done guys!! NEXT STOP TO DOMINATE SPARKS, NV.
Special Appearance from Zack Bright is always a plus!!
BOLTE DAYTONA RE-CAP:
We left DC on Tue after receiving your awesome care package and drove thru 39* rain and heavy traffic to Durham NC to hang with a good friend, wish him happy birthday and break up the drive. Traveling was much better the next day and we arrived in Daytona Wednesday to welcome 80* sunshine. We got checked in cruised around the Grand seas resort to get a feel for the new venue… Much nicer than the Makai… and met up with other riders arriving from all over the globe. Had some drinks and swapped stories with everyone as we all were anticipating the fun weekend ahead.
Woke up Thursday to some small but fun looking surf and got down on the beach to claim a prime spot. Got unpacked and was stoked to ride my new rickter Evo for the first time in the surf. All went well and I was super happy with my new ride. I could tell it was going to elevate my riding with a bit of time on the H2O. After the ride people kept pouring in and then the Liquid Militia gear started flying out of the box! I can tell you that they were all happy with the cool stuff they received.
Friday brought some heavy NE winds and growing but gnarly surf conditions that made for some hard core sessions and big air and crashes. That night the party got even better as more and more Freeriders arrived. The conditions kept up for Saturdays 1st annual speed and style surf contest where it made it tough for the competitors and the judges for sure. Gomez killed it and won hands down. I rode next and had some ok moves but got cut off a couple times by a unknowing rider… oh well that happens but I had fun anyway. After the contest we (Gomez, Cuong, Zack and Brandon) went out for a ride and were pumping each other by ripping it up. I got stoked and went for it and pulled my 1st back flip in the surf! I guess it was pretty huge as I was awarded the cherry buster trophy sponsored by The Rad Dudes!
Sunday the wind calmed down and the surf was still good. We all rode, swapped skis and checked out some different rides and setups and enjoyed good times with good friends! Most people went to the Ocean Deck for dinner and we took over the top floor. Hot tub party followed as we soaked sore bodies, lubricated and told tales of how much fun was had as we winded down the weekend…. Another Daytona freeride in the books. Hope you can make it next year…we missed you!
Thanks again for all you do! Jeff Bolte
SON DAYTONA RE-CAP:
People really missed you guys in Daytona this year. I promised them that you guys will be there in 2014. I did not get a chance to take any pictures. I only have a few from random people. I had a great time this year and as always already looking forward to next year.
Thanks again for all the support.
GOMEZ DAYTONA RE-CAP:
Last weekend I flew to Daytona Beach Florida for my 5th year attending the annual Daytona Beach Freeride. The event was hosted at a new hotel venue the Grand seas resort. With the support of Kommander Industries, I was able to get my Trinity Matrix freeride hull to the event this year.
I was able to ride some killer and expensive freestyle skis at the flat water Friday event.
Saturday I competed in the Moto Option sponsored “Surf & Style” event. Which was a contest only judged on 3 minutes of a riders pure surfing ability. I ended up taking first place in that contest next to some other great surf riders!
Thanks, Mark Gomez
BRIGHT DAYTONA RE-CAP:
Explicit Material in this video watch with caution, Liquid Militia hold absolutely no responsibility for the content in this video.
I had a blast at this years Daytona Freeride always a good time. Got to meet some new people and check out some new set-up’s.
Since Liquid Militia is not going to be attending the 2013 Daytona Freeride this year (I know so sad) we have decided to let our team riders run the show. We have outfitted each Liquid Militia Team Rider who is attending ( Jeff Bolte , Cuong Son , Zack Bright , Chris Anyzeski , and Mark Gomez ) with T-Shirts, Sticker Packs, and Koozies.
Below is a taste of what you could possibly score!!
All anyone has to do who is attending the Daytona Freeride is hit up any one of our Team Rider and ask them for something for FREE. That’s right 100% FREE. We provided a total of 58 T-Shirts + 14 to Nick Foederer (the event planner) making that a grand total of 72 t-shirts and well over 100 sticker packs. So we are asking people to not be greedy and only take one per person to spread the LM love around.
Mark Gomez has everything he need for Daytona all packed up awaiting his flight….
IF you get anything out of this deal please tag us in the pictures!! We want to see what you guy’s get!!
Message from PRO Freerider Zack Bright, who recently finished the last stop of the IFWA world tour, in Brazil.
Zack wrote: “Still here in Brazil but finally got some Internet, being on a private island made reception impossible. So when the dust cleared from Jetwaves, I finished 2nd in the IFWA World Tour, and #1 in USA for Freeriding. I’m pretty stoked to say the least. I’d like to thank my Fiancé, my family, and my friends for their support. I’m very lucky to have you all in my life. I’d like to also thank my sponsors; Burn Industries, Light-Weight, Blowsion, Cold-Fusion, Dasa Racing, Liquid-Militia, Hydro-Turf, Jet Lift, Kal-Gard Oil, and Skat-Trak. Without you all I wouldn’t be here. I’d also like to thank Maxi from Jetmotion and my Argentinean family for building me such a sick BOB and going above and beyond to make it all happen. Mucho gracias amigos! Also Derrick SR, JR, and my man Van Beek for hooking me up with a practice bob. Thanks to Ludo of Fullgaz, Daniel of DP Productions, Luciano of Casco, Pro Rider, WetRacer, and Photojetski for all the great images,video, and articles to come. I’d like to congratulate Pierre on his 7th world title and Jake on his 3rd place on the tour. So amped to have you guys here pushing the sport and most of all, being my best buds. Love you too Cedric! I’d like to thank everyone in the IFWA. CarolAnne, Tchello, and Mark. Also Congrats to Mark on his new venture of being the president of the IFWA. PHEW! Stoked to get home and keep on pushing. I’m just getting started…! Braaaaap!”
IFWA WORLD TOUR Jet Waves October 20th, 21st and 22nd Balneario Piçarras Brazil. This will be the last stop for Zack, as he rounds the end of a year of international travel on the Freeride Tour. Zack has potential to podium overall in the top 3 for 2012. We will keep you posted on the final results.
Ever year the weekend right after the World Finals everyone hits Pismo for one big FREERIDE. This year the weekend is October 12th, 13th and 14th 2012. Looking forward to seeing everyone and kicking it with our team riders.
Pismo Dunes Mile Marker 4.
Liquid Militia would like to thank Hydro Turf for making our trip a success having good people around us is always a plus. We would also like to thank Kyle at DASA for the ride to the airport legit. We would like to also thank Ronny & Ratti from ProRider Watercraft Magazine just for being super cool peeps to hang with and for keeping the sport going. Last but definitely not least we would like to thank all our team riders who attended this event we would not have gone if it was not for you guy’s Lot’s more pics and a sick ass VIDEO is still to come….
Zack Bright killing it this year at the Surf Slam. Zack took 2nd place in Pro Freeride against Freeride legend Taylor Curtis, When we asked zack about the contest conditions he said. “It’s so hard to ride, if something comes up, then you hit it. Going out there with a plan of attack is just not happening, at all.” With this slam win it puts Zack sitting in second place in the IFWA (International Freeride Watercraft Association) Would Tour in Points with one more stop to go BRAZIL!!
A few more memorable moments from Zack who’s always pushing the envelope. Zack kinda landed a backflip re-entry, the crowd was pumped!! “I tried a double backflip in the big air and went one and a half, and I stomped 2 flat spin 360 re-entrys on Monday. My progression keeps going.”
Mark Gomez took 5th place in Pro Freeride & 2nd in the Pro Ski Motosurf Race. Mark holding it down competing in all three events at the slam. 1. Freeride 2. Motosurf and 3. Big air keeping up with his tipple threat theme he has going on. We asked Mark how hard was it to compete in all three events “Well that’s what I like to do, I like to be involved in as much opportunity as possible why not? My #1 is Freeride I just cant get enough of it, but if there is a chance to do a motosurf race i’m in. All events I competed in the conditions were nasty but you just power threw it and make things happen.”
Cuong Son took 9th place in Pro Freeride. That’s a few notches up from last year. Cuong had some killer runs getting some huge air. When asked about the size of the waves Cuong had this to say “Some set’s in the back were huge you just have to time it right and go for it. I had a lot of fun and am happy with myself.”
Stanton High took 17th place in Pro Freeride. Stanton was on a fresh new Krash hull going into the slam. New ski plus not a lot of practice on the new hull sometimes does not let you perform to the level you know you are at. But on the upside Stanton had a blast and is looking forward to dialing in his new ski with all the classic Stanton style he brings. When we asked him how he felt on his new hull he said “I love it, it’s a great hull, looking forward to seeing what new things I can do on it.”
Tanner Thomas took 5th place in Amateur Freeride. Tanner had a lot better luck this year than last year, no rescue hook through the hand and his ski did not get lost forever into the Pacific. Tanner’s fully back in action, and riding solid. When we asked what him what he had to say about the surf he said, “The surf’s so powerful its unbelievable, I’m happy with what i did all around.“
Pete Zernik took 6th place in the Pro Ski Motosurf race. Just after his last moto we asked Pete how it went and he said, “It was just jump after jump, gopro falling off here, gopro falling off there, I dont know where I ended up.“
We caught up with Zack Bright who is still overseas, here is what he had to say.
LM- What placings did you get in both comps?
ZB- I got 3rd place in Portugal and got 4th place in France.
LM- So were both comps part of the IFWA, or was one a freeride event ?
ZB- Yes. Portugal and France were both part of the IFWA World Tour. Portugal has not happened since 2005 and I gotta say, it really needs to be apart of it. really good waves.
LM- Whats the story on the ski you rode in the comp, looks familiar?
ZB- They both are familiar actually hahah. the FR-2 I rode in Portugal was actually my old FR-2 I sold to Stephan Foot last year. It was cool to ride something familiar. I rode a Light-Weight in France, the same ski I’m currently riding at home. Norbert hooked it up with some yellow stickers to make it look like last years. the Light-Weight is so cool, I took my tray, hull plate, steering, and bam, same handling ski in France that I’m used to back at home, so cool.
LM- Is Paris all its cracked up to be?
ZB- Ive figured out a few key things about Paris. 1 is you have to be rich to stay here. 2 is…. you have to be rich. so its a little tough for Kristen and i right now. were staying in a town south of Paris called Villejuif which is like a french Compton. we have to take a 25 min train ride to get to Paris. its hard. were making the best of it though and trying to see everything we can before it gets dark… gets sketchy at night. but, i did just book an awesome hotel near the Eiffel Tower for Wednesday till Friday so, the end should be awesome.
LM- How was the surf compared to west coast Cali?
ZB- The surf in Portugal was great. overhead to sometimes double over. it was really familiar. France on the other hand was something like Lake Michigan. 4 second intervals, hardly and wave forms. you couldn’t plan anything. If the wave came, you’d hit it, but if you went out there wanting to do something specific than you might spend time searching for the right wave which is going to cost you.
LM- What size was the surf at both comps?
ZB- Portugal was head high to occasional double over. France was garbage, DEAD flat when we got there to waist high the next day to stormy conditions that sucked, but hey its 10′ there right now….. just in time…..
LM- Do you feel judging was fair?
ZB- Boy there’s a question…… in some aspects, sure. i saw some things that blew my and others minds and was a part of a dispute that i didn’t agree with. the short end of a long answer is; the IFWA is all we got. It’s a great thing and if it wasn’t here then the sport would be nothing. that being said, I think there needs to be some changes on how things are judged, how things are scored, and how some things happen. We have some really good ideas for the future that we presented so we will see what happens.
LM- So is it true that all French people are snobs?
ZB- Not so! everyone you meet in the freeride community is automatically family so really the language goes out the window. the people Ive meet traveling, ordering food, or asking for directions have been nothing but helpful. its been great.
LM- How was it to get the chance to chill with freeriders from halfway around the world?
ZB- Its always a blessing. to see old friends like Pierre, Nick, Jake, and Iceman to name a few, to meeting new friends like Gil Burnier, Silvian Molina, and Cedric Lageat to name a few more. its so cool to see everyone. were all one big dysfunctional family, its awesome.
LM- What did you dig most about contest locations?
ZB- Portugal was in Sintra which is a huge surfing spot that hosts local, national and world contests. It’s cool to go to quality surf spots and get a chance to ride a ski there. France is like this sleepy nudist/gypsy area…. so that’s cool hahah.
LM- What is your current standing on the IFWA tour now?
ZB- Right now I’m in a three way tie for 3rd place with Tiago Geitens and Jake Montandon. i really want to do better than 3rd this year so i need to do work in Oregon and Brazil.
LM- Zack, you have mad talent and got good very quickly, can you give any advice to upcoming freeriders on what it takes to get to your level of riding?
ZB- Cheers guys, really you just have to want it. if you want it bad enough then you’ll progress fast. You cant think about consequences, you just have to huck it, being a little crazy doesn’t hurt either.
LM- If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?
ZB- If i could do it all over again, i would win the whole thing and plan for Paris a lot better, ha!
LM- Anything Else?
ZB- I’d like to thank my Family for their support. my wonderful girlfriend Kristen for having my back and taking killer pics. Norbert at Light-Weight for building me a ski for the event and being an all around awesome person. Burn Industries for the custom suits and vests. Cold-Fusion for all the bad ass parts. Blowsion for always helping me getting places. Euromotorbike for having me ride a ski in a pool. Hydro-Turf, Kal-Gard, and Powder & Sun. Liquid Militia for being frekin awesome and always supporting me.
- ZACK BRIGHT -
LM- Type of ski you are going to be on?
ZB- A prototype Super Jet built by Maxi at Jetmotion.
LM- Thoughts going into this event on the performance and caliber of the event participants?
ZB- It should be a great event! My friend Mariano Riva will be there and he is a good rider. I think the event is going to be really great.
LM- What do you know about the potential waters there, good size?
ZB- It looks be ok size for what we do.. The ski I will be riding is really short so I’ll be able to make things happen.
LM- Do you anticipate crowds to show, what will they be looking for?
ZB- Yes, I’m pretty sure there will be BMX and Freestyle motocross at the event as well, so there will be a lot of people attending and supporting a great venue.
LM- What do you expect of yourself at this event?
ZB- Well, #1 is making sure my ankle is going to be ok. Other than that, I’ll just throw it down like I usually do!
LM- Have you been here before, if so, note a memorable moment:
ZB- It’s my first time to Argentina so every part will be memorable!
I want to thank all my sponsors for their support; Cold-Fusion, Blowsion,Light-Weight.de, Liquid Militia Clothing, Hydro-Turf, Kal-Gard Oil, Powder and Sun Ride shop, Go-Pro, and Premier Lath & Plaster. also thank you to Daniel Paddu, Pablo Wolf, and Daniel Pertovt for inviting me over for this and making it a reality!
To check out Zack Brights Rider Profile: Bright
- MARK GOMEZ -
LM- Type of ski you are going to be on?
MG- I will be riding a custom built Yamaha Superjet from my friends at Radical Jet ski in Argentina. My friends Rodry Duran, Mai Adams, Luis Hernan Corti, and Leonardo Gomez have all been working away at building it for the last 3-4 months. These guys are great friends who are really going out of their way to make me something really cool. I can’t wait to see them and ride this ski.
LM- Yeah, I remember reading your post on facebook about the new build! That’s fantastic!
LM- Thoughts going into this event on performance and caliber of the event participants?
MG- From what I understand and have seen in years past with Ross/Pierre. Zack and I will be going to do more of a series of Pro Rider expeditions for the fans at the event. This event is Argentina’s Freeride Nationals so there will no doubt be some serious talent there throwing down to win the Freeride title of their country. I look forward to meeting and riding with these pilots and all of the local fans of Freeride.
LM- What do you know about the potential waters there, good size?
MG- From what I have seen and heard from friends the water can be a little brown which is interesting but much easier to not think about sharks in muddy waters. Also the surf seems to be often Inconsistent and kind of rough. No doubt they were the conditions we had the first day this year in Oregon but in the end they still provide possibilities for big air tricks. Clean consistent surf riding is what I fear might be tough to accomplish and or get a rhythm for in the rough water. I hope for the best conditions and plan to do the best I can regardless.
LM- Do you anticipate crowds to show, what will they be looking for?
MG- From the photos of last year’s participation and the fact it is the countries finals for freeride, I can only imagine that there will be tons of people. I am honestly not going to be sure until I get there but I fear it may be overwhelming. Only because the people of Argentina are %110 more stoked on Freeride right now than any other country in the world I feel. This makes me a little bit nervous because I know they will be looking for a damn good show being that Pierre Maixent was just in town the other week throwing down for the crowds at another Argentine beach location.
LM- What do you expect of yourself at this event?
MG- I expect to be able to give back the most I can to the generous people and fans who have invited me there. I hope to be able to communicate and reach out to as many fans as I can to connect and pass on a positive message for the sport and my sponsors that have helped me get to the level which brought me opportunities like this. I also plan to step up my riding to the next level with my aerials and start dancing in the tray doing variations while I’m upside down like Zack and Pierre.
LM- Have you been here before, if so, share a memorable moment:
MG- I have never been there before but my girlfriend Bianca’s entire family is from Argentina and I have heard so much I cannot wait to experience and soak up all the new culture with her.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me as I have been pushing to reach toward new goals and opportunities. You can follow me on facebook here: Mark Gomez and my website blog Here to stay updated with what I am up to and for my post event recaps. Thank you again for your support! To check out Mark Gomez Rider Profile: Gomez
Liquid Militia is stoked to announce that we will be attending the 2012 Daytona Freeride.
The dates for this even are set for January 12-15, 2012 (Friday-Monday). This event is free to spectators and anyone who want to come & hang out and watch some seriously skilled riders including some of our team. Liquid Militia will have a small booth set up with “Daytona Freeride” specials for anyone who want’s to score some sweet deals on some of our products.
Riders Allegedly Attending are:
For all the details you need to know please visit the official web site for this event:
Daytona Freeride Official Web Site
We will be updating this event as soon as we have more info to add to it, so make sure to check back to see whats going to go down. Liquid Militia
Random clips of our rider Zack Bright doing some surf riding at Pismo Beach, CA. This is a quick video of clips we tossed together, a little insight on why Zack likes to ride Pismo, who he looks up to, and who he riders with.
Zack Bright is your 2011 IFWA 3rd Place World Champion Pro Class.
Catching up with Liquid Militia Team Rider Zack Bright On The IFWA Freeride World Championship, on his rookie year.
Name of the event you attended?
JET WAVES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – IFWA FREERIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2011
Date of this event?
it was October 21st through the 23rd, 2011
Location of comp?
Picarras, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Your overall placing at this event?
I placed 5th.
Your overall placing for the IFWA world tour?
How do you feel you did at this final round?
Im not totally happy with 5th. The worst thing in any contest is to get knocked out of it. knowing you didn’t get to ride to your full potential. I had really high hopes and it just didn’t work out.
How did you like riding the ski you had to ride? Since it was not your own personal ski?
The ski was actually a decent ski, it was an old Lenzi hull that was shortened and had lowered gunwales. I’m pretty good at adapting to different skis but Jake Montandon and I couldn’t dial in the steering quite right on it so that made things hard. in my critical heat against Tiago the ski died after a roll and i couldn’t get it started for like 35 seconds. i waved recue in and they were about to tow me in, i decided id try to start it again and the ski fired right up. they untied me and i went at it again, did a flip, the ski died again…. wouldn’t start for another 25 seconds, i was punching the ski and the bars in frustration because i knew it was over. my mind was messed up at that point. i lost the heat and then lost my LCQ round…. it was hard for me. the ski never had that problem again…
What or would you have done anything differently if you could go back for this last round in Brazil?
I don’t know. the things that happened were out of my hands. i guess rode my LCQ round like i rode the big air event after i found out i was out of the contest. i had no more stress at that point and Lenzi stomped a double barrel roll so i knew i couldn’t win the big air. i only had 2 mins and did all but 2 tricks i know how to do and even almost landed a barrel roll re-entry…I need to not stress out so much and just ride like i always do.
How does it feel to have actually made the trek to three different countries and competed for the 1st time in your career?
Its a cool feeling. it was my rookie year and i had a plan to go for it. my goal was to get top 3. i succeeded and im happy about that. it had its ups and downs but i wouldn’t trade it for the world. i went to 3 different countries this year that i have never been to all because i ride a jet ski…. when you sit back and think, thats pretty frekin cool.
Do you have any plans to do the tour next year?
For sure. this is who i am. Possible 5 stop tour next year. Bring it.
Do you feel like you are a top competitor in the world of Professional Freeriding?
I do. Ive really pushed to get to this point and im no where near done.
You seem to have stepped it up real quick this year, how did that happen so fast?
My career in this sport has had more downs than ups for me since i started. I take anger and frustration and turn it into motivation to be a better rider. what we do in this sport is gnarly and to step up fast… you kinda need to not care what happens to you… its kinda reckless but that my style. either im going to make that trick, or im going to eat shit hard. I want this. ill do whatever it takes to get it.
3rd place overall for the IFWA overall how does the sound of that make you feel?
It feels awesome. definitely has a ring to it hahaha. im stoked. I hope my sponsors who have been there since the beginning are too.
Anything you would like to add about this event that might be interesting?
This event had a double elimination. there were two LCQs. you could lose both heats but still win your LCQs and advance as a wildcard. i think that really should be introduced to every stop. we spend a lot of time and money to go to these places and its nice that it doesn’t have to be over right off the bat.
We think you did a awesome job and want to applaud you for the accomplishments you have made this year, we are proud to have you on our team.
Thanks guys, Means a lot! thanks for your guys’s support over the years.
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(Zack Bright getting in a little practice riding before he left for Brazil)
Liquid Militia Rider Zack Bright is heading to the final event of the IFWA Freeride World Championships in Brazil. Zack has been ramping up his tricks this past season in preparation to bring home a world championship title. Liquid Militia caught up with Zack just before he took off for Brazil, here are a few Q&A’s we hit him up about.
LM: This will be your 3rd comp toward the IFWA how might that play out bringing home an overall title for 2011?
ZB: Yep, 3rd and Final competition. Currently I am sitting in 3rd position behind Ross Champion in 1st place and Pierre Maixent in 2nd. But Ross is not coming this year and it’s still unsure if Pierre will be there… no one knows? If he is there than it will be tough to win the tour, because he’s solid on the airs, but if he is not then I have a very good chance of walking away with a World Title. Just have to get through Alexander Lenzi… which will not be easy at all either. I’m just going to try my hardest and throw it down and have a great time doing it.
LM: What were your results at the other two International competitions earlier this year?
ZB: The first stop was France where I got 3rd place.. The second was Pacific city, Oregon where I blew it and got 5th, all part of the International Tour. This round I really hope to win. I’m hungry for a 1st place so I’m going to go all in.
LM: What ski are you riding at the World Championships?
ZB: That is slightly up in the air at this point. I was supposed to ride a Jetmotion prepared boat but sadly they are not going to make it this year. I’ll probably ride a boat from Tchello Brando. It’s difficult because getting a solid boat in Brazil is huge and can make or break your performance. Kinda stressful, but this is what a lot of competitors struggle with, ‘man and machine’.
LM: Do you have any plans for busting out any new tricks at this comp?
ZB: Ummmm we will see. I have a pretty big bag o’ tricks at this point but there are a few things Ive been thinking about. Let’s see what my ride gives up.
ZB: Well, first off participating in this event generates exposure for the sport and my sponsors. Secondly, I really hope to gain additional support from current or future sponsors to help offset the ‘pay out of pocket’ effect and I’ve paid some heavy dues. To sustain a level off commitment requires additional funds and that generates product exposure in return for my endorsements.
LM: Final Words?
ZB: Thanks to all my freeride friends for their support and help this past season. It’s been a really good year and It’s cool getting some high fives from fellow riders and the guys I have looked up to. I want to thank my family and my Girlfirend Kristen. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be on the tour rounds. To all my sponsors for hooking me up: Light-Weight.de, Cold-Fusion, Blowsion, Hydro-Turf, Liquid Militia, Kal-Gard Oil, Premier Lath & Plaster, and Go-Pro. I’ve had a good Rookie year on the tour gaining experience and exposure and I’m looking down the line years ahead. I want to step up the pace and draw attention to the best sport in the watercraft community, we have it all!
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Liquid Militia Team Riders take home top placings at the 2011 Blowsion Surf Slam. Christian Young is the amateur Freeride champion, and
Mark Gomez got 9th in pro freeride and 1st in the Pro Motosurf Race. Tanner Thomas had an injury and did not finish. Zack Bright I’m not sure how he did yet. Congradulaions to our riders this weekend on your victorys!!
So far in the mix attending, representing, for Liquid Militia will be//
1. Zack Bright- Pro Freeride
2. Stanton High- Pro Freeride
3. Mark Gomez- Pro Freeride
3. Christian Young- Am Freeride
4. Tanner Thomas- Am Freeride & Moto Surf Racing
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. From Left to Right Christian Young, Jake Bright, Mark Gomez, Zack Bright, and Tanner Thomas .
Where do we start? How about with the Grayland Open Freeride Competition top winners! Days before the event our team riders were making their convoy preparations.
Liquid Militia Team Rider Zack Bright packed up his war “Bright’s” black and yellow machine. Zack’s father, Jack Bright and up and comer free rider lil’ brother Jake Bright made it a family caravan. Heading up from Southern California to Grayland Open for the hours long and thousand plus mile trip, heading into the competition fringe. It pays to stick together, the edge is a place of reckoning and Zack pressurized blasts stop hits off of steep walls.
Fellow Liquid Militia rider Chrstian Young who is only 13 years old from Oceanside California had his father Mike Young bring him and his ride up to Washington. The Young’s stopped off and picked up Mark Gomez. Making this trip a ‘Triple Threat’ road trip of a Liquid Militia Force Multiplier by the end of the journey!
Liquid Militia’s newest addition to the 2011 team is Tanner Thomas. Tanner definitely has one of the crazy travel adventures. Tanner hails from Alaska and had to load his truck and jet skis, put them on a barge to cross the ocean. Landing in Seattle, Washington Tanner flies into Seattle and has to pick up his vehicle delivery from AML. Tanner then drives down to Washington to get onboard the Grayland Open Liquid Militia Express! Lucky for Tanner AML is a coveted sponsor of his, and not only support Tanner, but by doing so, they support Freeride.
The meet and greet of Liquid Militia Team riders is finalized Thursday in Washington and from there, only history awaits performance. And in their own words, we step aside.
“Yes I was run absolutely ragged. I competed in Amateur Freeride, Pro Moto Surf, Sit Down Freeride and the Big Air Comp. I went out and hucked a backflip for the Big Air comp. First flip of the year on my new ski. I had some water ingestion issues and didn’t get to ride to my full potential on the semi-final round, but I had an absolute blast and it was the perfect way to kick off my Summer tour! The Grayland Open is a very important event as an amateur freerider. I am so thankful for all the people who make that event happen, it was a great success, I appreciate my sponsors support.”
“I hurt my ankle during a flat landing on the Madonna Flip during the Big Air Event. My foot stayed in the foothold and my right knee bent left and almost touched the Hydro-Turf while my hip remained straight soooo…. pop goes the weasel! I thought it was ok until i tried to put weight on it and then I knew it was bad. It really sucked because I wanted to put on a show for everyone but sometimes things don’t go the way you want them. But hey, at least it is not broken and I snagged the win.”
“I just want to say how proud I am of Christian Young. And my Brother Jake Bright. The amount of skills these 2 have put together in such a short amount of time is amazing. What’s really cool is how these 2 have become good friends and are always pushing each other to the next level. I’m also stoked on Tanner Thomas from good ole Alaska. This kid hasn’t rode surf since Surf Slam. He comes to Grayland and walks away with 3 trophies! The kid has skills and I can’t wait to see what he, Christian, and Jake bring to the table come the 2011 Surf Slam.’
“I played Mike Young and Mc’ed the entire event to call tricks for the judges but ended up turning into being the full event MC. It was a great event to be at. That really brought us together in the spirit of Freeride. It wasn’t about us; it was about giving our freeride groms the best competition and most positive experience that they could get. Just seeing the level of amplitude and intensity that came out of Christian Young and Jake Bright in this contest, made the entire trip worth it. I am so proud of our little McNugget Christian for literally almost going for broke. There may have been no prize money or incentive to make it out there but just the entire atmosphere that was around that event ,was what will most likely bring riders like Zack Bright and myself back out next year.”
“Grayland was an awesome experience for me. I had a great time! I ended up hurting my ankle in the final heat up against Jake Bright fighting for first place. I did what felt like a Bright back flip and I came down really flat on the landing. When I landed I fell off the back of the tray and I tweaked it ‘just right’. The E.M.T. said that I sprained it really bad but I am now on the way to recovery fast and I am ready for Surf Slam! I ended up taking second and I’m proud of my performance.’
LIQUID MILITIA TEAM RIDERS OVERALL RESULTS:
1. Zack Bright// 1st place big air competition.
2. Mark Gomez// 1st place Pro motosurf race, and 2nd place big air competition.
3. Christian Young// 2nd place Amateur Freeride.
4. Tanners Results// 4th place Amateur Freeride, 2nd place Runabout, 4th place big air competition open, and 3rd place Pro motosurf race.
VIDEO CLIPS FROM THE CONTEST:
Mike Young got bomb photos, but what did you expect?
LIQUID MILITIA TEAM RIDERS
1. Mark Gomez- Rider Profile
2. Zack Bright- Rider Profile
3. Christian Young
4. Tanner Thomas- Rider Profile
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Here is what we ended up sending to the Grayland Open. Donation for the freeride competition, big air comp, and motosurf racing event.
The Grayland Open is Aug 6th and 7th, 2011. This year is going to be bigger and badder. Not only will the Freeride competition continue again this year, we are also happy to announce we will be holding a big air competition, as well as motosurf racing.
Liquid Miltiia Riders who are attending: Zack Bright, Mark gomez and Tanner Thomas, and Christian Young.
- Zack Bright is competing in the BIG Air Comp, he will also be a judge for the AM freeride contest, and he will be doing a freeride clinic.
- Mark Gomez is competing in Pro motosurf, and the BIG air contest.
- Tanner Thomas is competing in AM freeride, Pro moto surf, and sit down freeride if a friends ski makes it. Any a Maybe on the BIG air comp.
- Christian Young is competing in AM freeride.
For more information on this event please go to: http://www.graylandopen.com/
For Immediate Release, May 27th 2011
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The top 8 pilots from the French National event will qualify to compete in the IFWA World tour opening competition held on Sunday, June 5th against the top 8 IFWA pilots from last season’s ranking. Sundays event will be scored as defined by IFWA rules and be matched head to head. The Top 8 pilots from 2010 automatically qualify for the opening 2011IFWA round. Participation in the French competition is optional.
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2011 Peruvian International Freeride Championship
Asociacion Peruana De Motos Acuaticas – APMA – It’s Freeride Time!
Liquid Militia is once again proud to announce two of our team riders will be competing at the January 29th event. Zach Bright who recently took top honors for the Blowsion Surf Slam ‘Big Air; Contest will be on the roster. Liquid Militia team mate Jared Aljouny will join him on the trek to South America. A host of international talent will round out the invitational only event.
This is the second annual Peruvian Free Ride Championship. The South American season is opposite of North America so they are enjoying their late summer months and weather patterns, while we are deep in winter.
The Peruvian beach front will be full of spectators attending this happening event. The competition Yamaha Super Jets are provided by Yamaha of Peru.
First thought about Peru
With Zack Bright? ‘I’m super excited, should be a good time, it’s my first time traveling to South America. They have stock, (really stock) super jets. We can bring parts for Yamahas if we have them and their mechanics will install them. I don’t have any, so I’ll be on a ‘really stock’ one. Nobody has an advantage, everybody is just riding stock boats; it should be good. A lot of surf riding, that’s going to be the good thing.’
Is your passport ready? ‘Yeah, but I just realized I should figure if I have a VISA. I am flying ‘Aero Mexico’ to Peru. Jared is flying out of San Francisco, and I’m flying out of LAX. Hasta Luego!’
Que Pasa? ‘I know nothing about Lima, I’m going in blind, so I don’t know what to expect, I’m excited to go; Freeriding is taking me places!’
Your Invite? ‘Ross Champion gave me the spot, and that means a lot to me. The Champion called so I got to go represent for Ross, should be good! I’m stokked, can’t wait to go and promote our team, American and the sport of Freeride. We arrive on the 26th, Press
Conference is on the 27th, ride Peruvian surf, see Lima and leave the 30th. I saw pictures from last year and the waves look good!’
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We headed up the 2010 Blowsion Surf Slam located in Pacific City, OR. In support of our Freeride-Jet Ski team riders; Stanton High, Cuong Son, Mark Gomez, Zack Bright, Jared Ajlouny, and Christian Young. This is a little video we threw together highlighting the “Best of” our team riders during their heats. Music By//Logical Terror. A Music band we are also sponsoring. Check them out on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/LOGICALTERROR
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Team Liquid Militia arrived from Southern California by caravan, air and land. Trucks, rental cars, trailers and competition boats descended early on the morning of Friday the 10th for qualifying positions in gloomy weather. Saturday preliminaries and Sunday’s finals shone in perfect conditions and closed with fog. The LM team set up a Liquid Militia Team House a typical of our ‘KOABFD’ way of life. Good Times!
Liquid Militia’s Zack Bright takes the spotlight with an overall win in the K&S Kuwait Big Air Showdown! Zack pulled off the biggest solo trick on 3 runs and earned himself $500.00. This was Zack’s first time competing on his brand new Freeride Rickter boat, an impressive debut.
Mark Gomez was not only battling in the Surf Slam, but exhaustion from driving 24 hours straight up the Western Coastline from California, an arduous 1200 mile trek. Mark was throwing decent no handed barrel rolls one after the other on his ‘Black Pearl’ Yamaha Super Jet.
Cuong Son scoped up the wild card for the finals on his Rickter. ‘King Cuong’ was picking off the set waves and did his reverse foot aerials. Cuong was going big and hitting one hand and foot nose stabs. Cuong was hitting big air Nor Cal Style, and is getting used to his new Rickter.
Stanton High was riding his newly acquired Yamaha Super Jet and bombing huge re-entries and low tucks. He has his own style unique to himself and not like any other riders. He really stands out in the surf with his fluid and laid back but aggressive rides.
Jared Ajlouny wanted to do a double back flip for the Big Air show but never captured a worthy wave in his heat. He was hoping for better surf conditions but they never arrived. Jared pulled off a single back flip with the water that was delivered on his yellow hull.
The Liquid Militia Team was ‘Team Yellow’ this past weekend, with most of our riders on yellow stand up. We are very proud to be working with some of the finest talent in the PWC community.
LM Team Placings
1st Place in the K&S Kuwait Big Air taken by Zack Bright. Mark Gomez, Stanton High and Maxime Baroero all ‘tied’ for fifth place in the Pro Freeride Competition. Zach Bright placed 9th ‘tied’ with Bruno Jacob, Chris Rosner, Jerry Jones, Cuong Son, Tiago Geitens, and Jerry Brandon.
Zach Bright-Pro Freeride/Big Air
Cold Fusion, Hydro Turf, Premier Lath & Plaster, Liquid Militia, Powder & Sun Ride Shop
Cuong Son-Pro Freeride
Blowsion, Rickter, X-Scream, Liquid Militia, Slippery, Riva Yamaha, Hydro Turf
Mark Gomez-Pro Freeride/Big Air
Liquid Militia, Jet ski Solutions, Hydro Turf, Pacific Motorsports, LEHR Performance Watercraft, Wamiltons Customs, Leg Drag, Pacseal Hydraulics, Performance Fiberglass, AC Racing, Cold Fusion.
Stanton High-Pro Freeride
Roaring Lion, TC Freeride, Liquid Militia
Liquid Militia, Kali Helmets
- Your Name?
- When did you decide to do the Grayland Freeride comp?
It kina just fell into my lap, Mark Gomez had plans in motion to go but had another opportunity come up and hooked me up on the ticket!
- Your ride for the comp?
I’m pretty sure Matt_e’s sweet super jet.
- When do you have lift off for the Grayland Open? and what do you think about that?
i leave Thursday at 6:30 which means i have to be on the road at 4AM and I’m not to stoked about it…. im not a morning person so its gonna suck but who cares I’m going to Grayland! W00T!
- How long will you be gone for?
I’ll be gone until Monday.
- Do you have any tricks up your sleeve?
not really, maybe a couple new variations but other than that just surfing.
- Have you ever been to WA?
no so im pretty stoked. jet ski’s have taken me to some cool places for sure.
- Will this be your 1st comp for 2010?
No, i went out to Gold Coast, Australia to compete in the Monster Australian open. I did terrible, the ski i borrowed didn’t help either, but overall it was a great experience I’ll never forget. Oz is paradise.
- How do you think your going to do?
I hope to do well. we’ll see what happens
- One thing your not going to for get to take with you?
Bilge pumps…. and motor mounts…
- Who are your sponsors?
Sponsors are ; Premire Lath & Plaster, Cold-Fusion Billit, Hydro-Turf, Kal-Gard Oil, Powder And Sun Rideshop, and Liquid Militia.
- What’s one thing you hope to take away from doing this event?
Experience and progression, that’s what I’m shooting for. Two things lol.
- After Grayland what’s next for you?
Next is try and get ready for Blowsion Surf Slam, I’ve had ski trouble all summer so i need to get back on my ski and go.
Those are a few quick Q&A’s about what’s about to go down this coming weekend straight form Zack. We will keep you posted!
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