Video: The Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride Is Back for 2014!

We at The Watercraft Journal are very excited to announce the return of New Zealand’s awesome Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride. Scheduled for the weekend of April 4-5, 2014, the Festival of Freeride promises to deliver on the same level of hardcore freeride action that all of us have come to expect.

Welcoming the world’s best freeriders from across the Kiwi Nation, the Southern Hemisphere and across the globe, the Festival of Freeride is already bringing in some serious attention from sponsors and riders alike. Below is the official announcement and a cool teaser trailer for next year’s event:

It’s back! The Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride is happening again in early April 2014. After the success of the inaugural event earlier this year there was no doubt that this would become an annual fixture in the freeride calendar. The Auckland Jet Sport Association (AJSA) is proud to be hosting this event once again.

Big news also is that Yamaha NZ have once again stepped up and will be title sponsors of this years event. It is fantastic to have them on board once again as their support plays a key part in ensuring that we have a successful event. We simply could not do it without them.

The 2014 event will be held in early April next year at Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku on Friday April 4th and Saturday April 5th (with Sunday April 6th as a backup for horrendous conditions). We have moved north from the original Port Waikato location to a section of west coast beach that will better suit the event. This is the last weekend before the clocks are turned back and daylight savings ends for summer/autumn 2014. So make sure you get this into your diaries asap and organize your leave early.

The format of the event will remain unchanged. The emphasis is on ensuring that everyone enjoys themselves in a non-competitive and festival atmosphere. Karioitahi Beach is 10mins from Waiuku, a rural town that services the Franklin area and Awhitu Peninsular. Not only are there a variety of accommodation options but a supermarket, numerous takeaway outlets, and a couple of local watering holes that will give you a lot more choice than previously.

There is plenty more information to come, and over the next month or two we will release it as it becomes available. Entries will be available to anyone and everyone and we hope to see more people entered than last year. We encourage anyone participating, or interested, in freeride to come along and enjoy riding with others of all experience levels.

We can’t wait to see everyone back again for the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride 2 in April 2014.


Below is the great teaser for next April’s Festival of Freeride:

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – [email protected] 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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