Jimmy Blackwood in attendance


Yew… the FoF is coming and so is Jimmy Blackwood!!

We’re stoked to announce the attendance of Jimmy at the 2018 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride. He’s been ripping up the surf for the last few years aboard his Krash Predator. Known for some of the cleanest rolls in the game he’s gonna be putting it all on show at the FoF. Cheers to the QCFreeride boys for making it happen.

Welcome Jimmy. Yeow!!

Little Tommy is coming to visit


More scintillating news for the 2018 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride. We’re stoked to announce the attendance of Tom Aiken from Sydney, Australia!!

Tom is known for his incredibly smooth and effortless technique out on the water, often perplexing those watching with his innate ability to ride away from anything. He’s dead keen to get stuck into the festival nature of the FoF and no doubt his quick wit will see him right.

Looking forward to introducing him to the black sands and pumping surf of Karioitahi Beach. Yeow!!

Savage in da house


It’s Australia Day today… A day in which the near entirety of Australia gets amongst it and celebrates their national holiday. So its a perfect time to announce the attendance of none other than Ryan Savage for the 2018 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride. Yeow!!!

Ryan is absolutely killing it at the moment, raising the bar on and off the water. His fluent and spectacular riding style aboard his Krash Industries steed will be an absolute eye-opener at the FoF. He’ll be there to offer advice for any skill level so make sure you have a chat. We might even get clinic on his signature Ruler Flip if you’re keen.

Looking forward to having him back in the mighty west coast surf.

The Aus Godfather


Its with great pleasure that we welcome Butch Pfrengle, the Godfather of Australian Freeride to this year’s event. Butch has been instrumental in the promotion of freeride in Australasia running things like the OzFreeride forum, FB pages and, most notably, the organiser and driving force behind the ever successful Cronulla Rip’N Ride . Late last year saw the running of the 10th annual event – an absolute testament to his hard work and dedication.

Butch knows how to throw down on the water as well. By far his signature no-handed barrel roll is one of the best in the business so if you want to learn how its done then he’s the man to talk to at the FoF.

Welcome Butch and lets ride!!!

2018… The 6th Instalment

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In breaking news… we’re back for again!!! The Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride is returning again for its 6th instalment. Yeow!!!

Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku will once again play host to the event which will be held on Friday 16th and Saturday the 17th of February 2018 (Sunday 18th will be a back up for horrendous conditions). Make sure you lock it in your calendars today – its just under 4 months away!!!

Its with great pleasure once again that we can announce Yamaha New Zealand as title sponsors of the event. Their support of the event is paramount to its success each year and without them we wouldn’t be where we are today. So thanks Yamaha NZ. 

More info will follow over the next few weeks. Entries will be available to any skill level 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 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride. This is New Zealand’s #1 PWC Surf Freestyle event!!

The Team @ the Auckland Jet Sport Association

Thank you and check it out….

It has been just on 3 weeks since we kicked off the 5th Anniversary Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride event and we’re still recovering. What a ripper!! Once again we grew from the previous year and this is a testament to the ever growing freeride scene in New Zealand.

The event simply wouldn’t happen without our great sponsors. Firstly, thank you to Kim and the team at Yamaha Marine NZ. For the last 5 years Yamaha has stepped up to the plate as title sponsors. We simply wouldn’t be where we are today without them. So a massive thank you again to Yamaha NZ.

Our major sponsors this year were amazing. Otago Personal Watercraft, 701 Industries, Krash Industries, and Farnleys Jetskis all got on beard again. We also had a couple of new sponsors join the crew – a big thank you to the Colliers International – South Island for their support and to the lads from Quake City Freeride – awesome support guys. We hope you all enjoyed the event as much as we did.

Since the inaugural event the team from Rogers Boat Shop have been a key ingredient to the success of the event. Their commitment to provide some great food for everyone throughout the weekend brings everyone together and really does add to the family atmosphere. The team at Rogers Boatshop are legends.

A huge thank you to Leif from Jet Sport West for providing our marshalling services all weekend long. It is an absolute pleasure to have Leif involved with the event and his ability on the water in the surf is second to none. Thanks also to the team at Medical & Safety Consulting for their efforts too.

To the generous support of ilabb, KP Parts, Random Performance, Gull New Zealand, Rickter RRP, MX100, JetManiac, Element Engineering, CRC Industries NZ, Thrust Innovations, Jet Renu, Hydroturf, JetPilot, Blaster Boyz, VICFA, Stroker Industries, OZfreeride, NZfreeride, ProRider Magazine, Glenbrook Performance, and MB Fabrications – Thank you so very much. All of these sponsors made sure you had 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 was suitably energised for ripping it up.

Every year we say this – “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 5th Anniversary event – thank you so very much for supporting the only free ride event in New Zealand. It’s fantastic how everyone gets together each year and everyone’s attitude at the event really make for a special experience. A large number of you had a long way to travel so we greatly appreciate you making the effort to enter and attend the event.

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 worked his magic on an edit for this year’s event. Make sure you go full screen, HD on, and plenty of sound. Enjoy….