Barrels+Bouys=Rickter EDGE

The Blowsion Surf Slam is always THE place to be for the first weekend of September. Those in attendance this year had a special opportunity to witness the new RICKTER EDGE hull being flogged by the RICKTER team. The new hull is designed with improved speed and ease of riding in mind. Major changes from previous RICKTER models include a reduction in length of 2,” tweaks to rail heights and widths and much more pronounced chine lengths and depths. The end result is one of the most versatile and capable hulls on the market. In most cases, when you ramp up the stability and tracking ability of a ski, you loose agility or other performance capabilities, the classic trade-off. Frankly, if there

2014 Long Beach to Catalina

“Records are made to be broken…” That was the quote from Kawasaki Factory Team rider Craig Warner after clinching his 5th win of the prestigious Jet Tribe Long Beach to Catalina and Back Race. Craig was somewhat apologetic to Billy Womack- the previous record holder. Check out the video to see how an international contingent of racers were humbled by even a “mild” day in the Pacific Ocean. Special thanks to Minoru Kanamori for the use of his POV videos!

2014 Mark Hahn 300

Everyone just knew on the morning of this year’s Mark Hahn 300 that the winner of the race would be on something other than Kawasaki Ultra. It was a given as the smooth, flat water forecast for the day was an enemy to an Ultra’s top speed. Check out the video to see how circumstances prevailed, the course of planets realigned and destiny defied logic to allow Craig Warner to take the win on his Kawasaki Ultra along with 8 other Team Green race teams rounding out the top ten on water as smooth as a babies’ err, cheek.

2014 Daytona Freeride

We must have been asked at least two dozen times “Is this Bike Week for jet-skis?” by passers by on the beach at Daytona while shooting the four days of the Thrust Innovations Daytona Freeride. Typical Daytona in January: daytime high: 73 degrees, small but fun waves and light winds – what’s not to like? Add in about 250 freeriders from around the world… good times for all. While many of the top pro freeriders on the planet are there to do what they do best, event organizer Nick Foederer insists that it is NOT a pro-exclusive event. Check out the video with his take regarding pro and sponsor preference, pretty unique! For more info regarding the Daytona Freeride, check in at daytonafreeride.

2014 World Finals Pro Ski Open

The Pro Ski Open Class at the 2014 IJSBA World Finals can be summed up thusly : Three motos of "hero-to-zero" engine failures, crashes, extreme conditions and magnificent racing. Why three motos? For that answer, we have to look back over two decades for the answer. Back in the '70s, '80s and early '90s a world championship was crowned by virtue of a single race win, kind of NFL/Superbowl/winner-take-all style. That format had a tolerance for error by either the racer or mechanic of almost zero. The thinking was that "the best" would be up for the challenge. In practice, there were many, MANY times that "the best" would break, miss a single buoy or otherwise have a very simple screw up and a

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