The Australian Freeride Nationals will be held in Coolum on Saturday 1 June 2013. Run in conjunction with the AJSBA and SCJSC, promoted and run by geeracing.com.Two events will be run on the Day, Freeride and Pro Ski Surf (a 3 moto race event).Major sponsor is DASA USA who will be presenting the winner of the Australian Freeride Competition with an 850cc DASA engine.Supporting sponsors Jetpilot, ASJP, Jon Cooke Entertainment and Yamaha Australia.Entry forms are online at www.scjsc.com from 9:00am Saturday May 4th with the first 50 entries.
So, this past weekend, myself and a few other Oz jet skiers had the pleasure of attending New Zealand's first ever freeride event...the NZ Festival of Freeride.
After hearing that the event dates had been confirmed, we booked our flights and signed up on the riders list. Our arrival set the scene for the rest of the trip as the awaiting locals loaded with their weekend weapons had us off and driving to Port Waikato, with a few cold beers.
The first thing we notice is how friendly the people were in NZ. Not knowing a lot of them, we were made to feel very welcome, and it really did feel like were were a part of the crew. This continued throughout the weekend, with the Kiwi's constantly helping us out with loan ski's, travel to and from the Dairy (shop/milk bar) and also to and from the event site when we were constantly late getting out of bed each day for reasons that I won't go into.
The first running of the FOF was amazing. There was more than enough time to ride on both Friday...