Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride

FoF5 Event Poster FINAL LR

On the 20th of December 2012 the Auckland Jet Sport Association announced plans to host the first ever freeride jetski event in New Zealand. Based off the hugely successful Cronulla Rip’n Ride we simply aimed to get as many people together from around New Zealand for a weekend of surf riding and shenanigans with friends and family. For those of you that attended (and can remember) the inaugural event at Sunset Beach, Port Waikato was a smashing success.

Well, with 4 years of the FoF under our belt the AJSA is back again to announce the running of the 5th Anniversary Yamaha New Zealand Festival of Freeride…. YEOW!!! Let’s Ride!!!

The 2017 event will be held again at Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th of February 2017 (with Sunday Feb 19th as a backup for horrendous conditions). Make sure you get on and fill out those leave forms, lock it in your diary, because its our 5th birthday and we’re all going to celebrate in style!!

It is with a huge amount of appreciation that we can announce Yamaha New Zealand as title sponsors once again. We say it every year “We could not do this it without Yamaha!!” and by jingoes we mean it. Their support since the inaugural event has been nothing short of amazing and to have them back for the 5th anniversary celebrations is fantastic.

There is plenty more information to released over the next few weeks/months and we’ll post it up as soon as it is available. Entries will be available to anyone and everyone and we hope to see all of you again from last years’ event and some new faces.

We encourage anyone participating, or interested, in freeride to come along and enjoy riding with others of all experience levels. Remember – this isn’t a competition – its all about having FUN!!!

We can’t wait to see everyone back again for the 5th Anniversary of the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride. New Zealand’s Premiere Surf Freestyle event!!


Thank you and watch this…

Well it is only just over a week since the 4th annual edition of the Yamaha Festival of Freeride came to a close and I don’t think we’re even remotely recovered. It was another absolute cracker this year and to see the event surpass the previous year once again is a true testament to the growth of the sport in New Zealand.

Firstly, and most importantly, a huge thank you must go to Brendan and the team at Yamaha Marine NZ. Their support for our event has been instrumental in what we have achieved over the last 4 years and without them we simply wouldn’t have the Festival of Freeride at all. As with previous years, Yamaha again were the first sponsor on board and that support really does give you the confidence to push ahead and aim for new heights with the event.

A huge thank you must also go to JetskiJunk.co.nz for jumping on board as our presenting sponsor. It was fantastic to have them back involved with the event this year and greatly appreciated.

The contribution to the event from our major sponsors this year was amazing. Otago Personal Watercraft, 701 Industries, and Krash Industries all returned again and were outstanding. It was also very humbling to have some new sponsors this year – a huge thank you to Farnleys Jetskis, and Rotoma ITM for coming on board. We hope you all enjoyed the event as much as we did.

As with the last few years, the team from Rogers Boat Shop have been unbelievable with their support and great spread on the day. Not only did they feed everyone on both days but they were spotted getting amongst some wrenching on the beach to keep some of the guys and girls up and running. Really is fantastic commitment to the event.

To the ever generous support of KP Parts, Random Performance, Gull New Zealand, Rickter RRP, MX100, JetManiac, CRC Industries NZ, JetPilot, OZfreeride, Thrust Innovations, ProRider Magazine, Glenbrook Performance, and NZfreeride – Thank you. All of these sponsors made sure you had some awesome product and swag to choose from at the prize giving. We said this last year and will say it again, there are so many events on these days and for the these sponsors to choose to support and for us to be chosen is very humbling.

To all the participants of the FoF4 – thank you so very much for supporting the only free ride event in New Zealand. Each year we really do appreciate how everyone gets together and all your attitudes at the event really make it a one of a kind in the world. A large number of you had a long way to travel so we greatly appreciate you making the effort to support and attend the event. A huge thank you to our American friend, and current IFWA World No. 1, Mark Gomez for finding the time to come to NZ and experience the FoF. We hope you enjoyed the NZ hospitality mate.

A special thanks to Red Bull for their support of the event, ensuring everyone was suitably energised and enjoyed some sweet tunes from the awesome rig. Having the most iconic energy drink brand on board with the event is just awesome. And to couple that with generous support from iconic action wear brand, ilabb, as well is just the icing on the cake. Thanks to Red Bull and ilabb.

A huge thank you to Leif Neilson for having time to come out and sit on the marshall ski for both days. Leif is a professional surf lifesaver and when you have an experienced, qualified, individual like that on the water for everyone safety certainly makes things easier. Also a big thanks to the Marine Medics team for being there both days to make sure we had the appropriate medical cover.

To all the others that have contributed to the event this year thank you so much. From those that helped out with timing and monitoring to ensuring things kept running smoothly – you know who you are. Thank you to everyone that chipped in with setting up, running, and packing down the event. Awesome stuff and was very much appreciated. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone but if so I apologise.

Finally, and without further ado, Guy Mac has once again put together something special in terms of a video production of the event. Its a little different this year, but thoroughly enjoyable and most importantly an epic production. We use these event videos to promote the sport and our event to a greater audience in the hopes that one day we might attain significant media coverage, and mainstream recognition. So a huge thank you to him for once again turning around another fantastic event video in such a short space of time. Also a huge thanks to Craig Patterson again for the epic drone footage this year.

Make sure you go full screen, HD on, and plenty of sound. Enjoy, and remember as always “Support those that support the sport”.