Video: Gomez And Thomas En Route To Daytona Freeride

We’re only days away from the first major freeride event of the year, the 2014 Thrust Innovations Daytona Freeride, held in Daytona Beach, Florida. Although the tentative weather reports call for some speed bump-sized surf, we’re still holding out hope that Mother Nature will throw a curveball and send some waves our way.

So as we cross our fingers, we’re still seeing the world’s best surf riders swarm on the east Florida location. One those freeriders are Tanner Thomas and Mark Gomez, who leaving from TC Freeride headquarters in Morro Bay, California, have traveled over 2,700 miles with the Rickter team trailer in tow.

Filled to the gills with eight examples of “the latest and greatest of the 2014 Rickter lineup,” these surf riding skis are powered by DASA Racing high-output engines, “pushed by” Skat-Trak Magnum pumps, and were hand-built by Taylor Curtis, as well as Gomez and Thomas who were present for a “wrench party” days before.

The video is a fun sample of the two’s exploits as they depart for the cross-country trip, but also hint at the great things coming down the pike from Rickter and TC Freeride. We look forward to seeing what comes out of the Rickter West Coast Team, namely Mark Gomez, Tanner Thomas, Taylor Curtis, Randy and Brandon Lawlor, Abraham Ho, Rick Roy, and Jeff Bolte.


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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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