2024 Daytona Freeride: Join The Fun, Support The Fundraiser


If cold weather has you down, the annual Daytona Freeride is a sure cure. Each year, the Daytona Freeride draws surf riders and spectators from across the country for one of the most anticipated freeride events of the year. 

The Daytona Freeride is not ALL fun and games, though. On top of being one of, if not the largest jetski freeride events in the world, the event will also once again serve as a major fundraiser to benefit the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Last year, the Daytona Freeride pulled in more than $35,000 for cancer research and patient care programs, and this year, they’re aiming for $50,000.

Rider registration went live in mid-October for the 2024 event, with title sponsor Hydro-Turf, and 100 percent of the registration fees are going directly to the fundraiser, according to event organizer Brian Sizemore, owner of Torrent Pumps.

Sizemore posted on social media last month about the fundraiser and the registration fees, saying “There were some questions on how much of registration goes to the cancer research facility.100% of registrations goes direct to cancer research. As you all may or may not know, I’m now in remission. If it weren’t for places like Roswell doing research, I would not be here today.”

Daytona Freeride founder Nick Foederer added, “I’m honored to be associated with such an amazing group of people. Roswell has a top notch staff and facility. They are bringing cutting edge medical and emotional support for the family’s fighting the good fight. It could be you or one of your loved ones going through this. It’s great to know there are organizations out there that really care. Roswell Park are the good guys and without them and groups like them, we would be losing a lot more friends and family to this terrible disease.”

To add to the pot, Daytona Beach Hardrock Hotel is donating a portion of all room bookings that were completed by Nov. 30 to the fundraiser. 

But wait, that’s not all! Yesterday, the Daytona Freeride fundraiser’s online auction went live, with Buffalo Bills merchandise and Full Spectrum 49mm carburetors.

Additional items have been donated to be raffled off at the event, and Sizemore is asking that individuals, companies and organizations consider contributing items for the raffle. 

The schedule for this year’s Jan. 11-14 event includes a Saturday night Freeride Party at the Hard Rock Avalon Ballroom. See the full schedule and event details below.

Ride zone is North and South of hotel. Entry point North is University Blvd. Entry point North and South is Seabreeze Blvd. The Beach area in front of the Hard Rock Hotel is a “no drive zone” you cannot drive your vehicles through there. Registration is required, all riders must check in at the registration tent.  All riders must have a wrist band and sign the insurance waiver before entering the water.

THURSDAY JAN 11TH
7AM Opening vehicles to beach. Ride boundaries are listed.
9AM – 5PM Open ride time.

FRIDAY JAN 12TH
7AM Opening vehicles to beach.
9AM – 5PM Open ride time.
8 PM-11PM Gathering of Freeriders @ Ormond Brewing

SATURDAY JAN 13TH
7AM Opening vehicles to beach.
9AM – 5PM Open ride time.
12-2PM  Surf Events Tentative Cherry Buster/Sickest Air Competitions
6PM-7PM Charity Raffle in the Avalon Ballroom ground floor next to the restaurant/bar area at Hard Rock Hotel.
8 PM-10PM Sat nights Freeride Party is at the Hard Rock Avalon Ballroom, Skis inside, DJ, drinks, food will be served. Meet your old friends and make some new ones at the largest Freeride party of the year. 

SUNDAY JAN 14TH
7AM Opening vehicles to beach. Ride boundaries are listed by the lifeguards.
9AM – 5PM Open ride time.
This is the last day of the event, ride zone will be closed and back to the normal Volusia County ride zones. January is Ride Zone A, Ormond Beach Cardinal Ave entrance. 

 

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Jessica Waters

Editor – jessica.watersedge@gmail.com Currently the News Director at WNEG Radio in Northeast Georgia, Jessica Waters is a photojournalist and reporter who has covered competition stock car racing, downhill skiing, motocross, horse racing and hydroplane races for more than 30 years, and added jet ski races and freestyle competitions in 2010, covering many competitions for local and national media outlets.

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