OPW – the home of the Falcon


Absolutely stoked to share the news that the legends at Otago Personal Watercraft are supporting the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride once again. The home of freeride in the deep south, OPW have the all the gear to get you out and keep you out on the water all year round. Whether it be the little parts or one of their amazing, made in NZ, Falcon hulls they offer the complete range and more. Then there’s the service and advice… the best!! Cheers OPW for your continued support.

#OtagoPersonalWatercraft #OPW #Falcon #FalconFlite #Otago #NZ #Yamaha #Festival #Freeride #FOF #FOF7 #jetski #surf #freestyle #Karioitahi

ITM – We’ll see you right!!


In conjunction with our good mates at R&B Builders we’re proud to announce ITM as sponsors for this year’s Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride. ITM is one of NZs most reputable building merchants and, with each store independently owned, they ensure that you get the personalised treatment that you deserve. Couple that with their strong nationwide co-op buying power and you get the best brands at the best price. ITM – We’ll See You Right!

#ITM #merchants #timber #building #Yamaha #NZ #Yamaha #NZ #Festival #Freeride #FOF #FOF7 #jetski #surf #freestyle #Karioitahi

R&B Builders – The dream home team…


Yeah.. the team at R&B Builders are back on board for FoF7. R&B are putting together some immaculate designer homes and should be a first choice if you’re building in the Canterbury or Auckland region. Make sure you check our their recent builds… simply stunning. Cheers R&B for the support 🤘

#rbbuilders #builders #barking #yamaha #nz #festival #freeride #fof #fof7#jetski #surf #freestyle #canterbury #qcfreeride

Fuel your mission… at the FOF!!


We’re super pumped to be able to announce that NZ’s leading independent fuel company is on board in a big way as our presenting sponsor for this year’s event. Yeow!!

Gull New Zealand have a great range of fuel offerings from their biofuel to the ForcePro E85. Not only that they’re a market leader with their always well received Discount Days. Couple that with their extremely competitive pricing and its a no brainer why they’re one of the favourites.

There’s a Gull site in Waiuku so make sure you Fuel Your Mission at the FoF with Gull. Cheers Gull. #FuelYourMission #GullSports #GullNZ #biofuel #Force10 #ForcePro #DiscountDay #Yamaha #NZ #Festival #Freeride #FOF #FOF7 #jetski #surf #freestyle #Karioitahi

Start frothing… the FOF is coming!!


Start frothing… The Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride kicks off again in just under 3 weeks!! A huge thanks once again to our title sponsors Yamaha Motors NZ. It goes without saying that the team at Yamaha are dead set legends. They’ve been supporting us since the first FoF and once again they’re onboard. Without their support we wouldn’t be here. If you, your family, or friends are looking at a new watercraft then Yamaha has the range. Thanks Yamaha. 
#PoweredByYamaha #RevsYourHeart #NZ #Festival #Freeride #2019 #waverunner #superjet #surf #freestyle #karioitahi #waiuku #fof #fof7 #frothing

FOF7 Entries Open – 01 December 2018

Get ready to get entered for New Zealand’s premiere Freeride event – the 2019 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride is coming!!!

The entry form is going online at here the FoF website – www.nzfestivaloffreeride.com – on the 1st of December. Make sure you get entered and early.

This year you will be required to select your T-Shirt size that you’ll receive with your entry pack. This selection can be made on the online form.

The cutoff dates for entry this year are as follows:

Entry Cut-off – Friday 11th January 2019

Payment Cut-off – Friday 18th January 2019

There are always a couple that claim ignorance to cut-off dates and want to enter late. So, this year and onwards, any late entry will incur a late payment. These are as follows (and in addition to the standard entry fee):

+$20 PRIOR TO 31/01/19
+$100 ON THE DAY

Please note – the entry fee is completely refundable if you don’t make it to the event for whatever reason. So you’re best to enter, pay, and then get a prompt refund if you don’t make it.

FOF6 – Thanks

It has been 2 weeks since the 6th Annual Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride and we’re still in recovery mode. What a ripper!! Once again the FoF was a massive success and was enjoyed by all. Karioitahi Beach turned it on for all participants with some pumping conditions.
As with every year the event simply wouldn’t happen without our great sponsors. Firstly, thank you to the team at Yamaha Marine NZ. Since the inaugural event Yamaha has stepped up every year as title sponsors. The event wouldn’t be what it is without them. So a huge thank you again to Yamaha Marine NZ.

The support from our amazing major sponsors Otago Personal Watercraft, Colliers International – South Island, Krash Industries, Quake City Freeride, and R&B Builders – awesome guys. We really really appreciate it.
Once again the team from Rogers Boat Shop delivered a great spread for those entered. We’ve always said this is a key ingredient to the success of the event and they didn’t disappoint. Cheers Rogers Boatshop!!!

A massive amount of thanks goes to Leif from Jet Sport West for providing our marshalling services all weekend long. As aways an absolute pleasure to have Leif involved and his ability on the water in the surf is second to none. Thanks also to the team at Medical & Safety Consulting for being there as well.

To the generous support of ilabb, KP Parts, Random Performance, Gull New Zealand, JetManiac, JetPilot, Element Engineering, CRC Industries NZ, NZfreeride, ProRider Magazine, and Glenbrook Performance – Thank you so very much. All of these sponsors got behind the event with some fantastic product and swag to choose from at the prize giving. A special thanks to Red Bull for their support of the event ensuring everyone had wings to go big.
We preach the standard line again – “Support those that support the sport!!!”. 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 everyone that entered the 6th Annual Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride – thank you so very much for entering and supporting the only free ride event in New Zealand. It’s fantastic the atmosphere we have at the event and you’re all a key ingredient to its success.
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.

Check out the edit which captured the essence of this year’s event. Thanks to Exposure Film and Photography for the vid.