2020 – Thanks for the Support!!

It’s time to start getting revved up and there is no better way than kicking off a great list of event sponsors and supports with none other than our title sponsor Yamaha Marine New Zealand.

Yamaha have been behind the FoF since its inaugural event back in 2013. Now 8 years on we’re still going as strong as ever and its a testament to their support.

Cheers YAMAHA!!!
There’s nothing like a good weekend mission and our mates at Gull New Zealand know this. Especially when there’s some Force10 involved. We’re proud to have Gull back again as presenting sponsors of the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride.

Gull are NZ’s leading independent fuel retailer and one of the most competitive in the market. The ever popular monthly discount day is a testament to this. Make sure you Fuel Your Mission with Gull.

Once again the legends at Otago Personal Watercraft are supporting the Festival of Freeride.  A massive thanks to Steve and Deanne for their continued support of the event.

OPW is the home to the Falcon and the Flite – the only freeride hulls that can feature “Made in NZ”. They are one of the top options when looking at A/M hulls. Cheers OPW!!
Supporting us once again are our favourite commercial real estate agents Colliers. It’s awesome to have your support once again for the 2020 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride.

If you’re in the market for a commercial property in the canterbury region then the team at Colliers is your first and last point of call. They are the best in the business. Cheers Colliers.

It’s always an absolute pleasure to introduce a new sponsor of the FoF and we’re extremely excited to be able to announce the support of Rynex Roofing for the 2020 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride.
Specialists in long run roofing for both commercial and residential, the team at Rynex Roofing have the experience to tackle any sized job. They should be first on the list to dial when looking at roofing options anywhere in the Bay of Plenty and afar.

It also bears mentioning that owner is a surf specialist. No “fancy circus-tricks” as he puts it – it’s all about the ride!!

Cheers Rynex Roofing
Our favourite duo is back on the BBQ for the 2020 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride. Awesome to have the support again from Nigel, Reece and the rest of the Rogers Boatshop team. 

Rogers Boatshop are our favourite Yamaha dealers based in Albany, Auckland. Your one stop shop for anything Yamaha marine related whether it be something in the Waverunner lineup or a Yamaha outboard. They’ve got plenty of great quality boats as well and a top notch service team to go with it. 

Cheers RBS!!!
Thanks to the legends at CRC Industries NZ for their continued support of the 2020 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride. Look out for their great products at the event. 

They’ve got a fantastic range, from lubricants, penetrants, and protectants, through to adhesives, solvents, cleaners and degreasers. Its a brand thats well known and you’d be hard pressed to find a shed in NZ without anything CRC related. If 556 won’t fix it nothing will!!

Cheers CRC!!!
Our favourite Floridians are back supporting the 2020 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride. A big thank you to JetManiac for his support of the event once again. 

JetManiac has access to all the best parts and accessories for your freeride or flatwater machine. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with them direct on x-h2o.

Cheers Chris and Pavlina!!!

Its bloody awesome to have NZ’s own freeride parts and accessories brand KP Parts supporting the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride once again!!

KP has all the goodies you need with plenty of billet bling and stainless goodness on offer. All designed and engineered in NZ. 

Cheers KP!!
Massive thanks to Jetpilot NZ for getting behind the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride once again. Their continued support is fantastic.

JetPilot have the gear for you on and off the water. There’s a reason why all the best freeride athletes are in JetPilot when they’re out on the water. Make sure you check out the range at JetPilot.co.nz 

The custom stainless trophies we awarded last year were absolutely epic and this year will be no different. Huge thanks to Terry and Tayne Lemon Racing for getting behind the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride again with another batch of trophies that will be the envy of everyone.
Cheers TLR!!
Yeow!!! New Zealand’s iconic and home grown athleisure clothing brand ilabb is supporting the 2020 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride.
The ilabb brand invites you to live with no regrets and take a deep dive into a life without barriers. The bold brand represents the daringness of action sports and is a perfect match to the freeride lifestyle.
Thanks ilabb!!!
Massive thanks to our good mates at Pro Rider Watercraft Magazine who always provide us the platform to present our event to the masses worldwide. They’re supporting us once again this year for the 8th edition of the FOF.
Pro Rider is the leading watercraft magazine that keeps you up to speed on the sport and the industry. Legit in print!!!
Cheers Pro Rider!!!

2020 Accomodation


It has been brought to our attention that our mates at NZ Steel have organised a “shut” at the Glenbrook plant for a period of time (3 weeks+) in Feb 2020 to service a couple of the melters. This shut falls right through the dates for the FOF. If only they’d checked with us first… 

This shut has meant that all the accomodation options in Waiuku that participants usually rely on are booked out already (Waiuku Motel, Waiuku Lodge Motel etc). Apparently the camp ground isn’t taking reservations till November.

Rather than everyone be spread out over Auckland with their accommodation we thought best to herd you in the right direction and be flexible with any event functions.

Our recommendation is to book your accommodation in Pukekohe for the 2020 event. There are multiple motels there, more food options, larger nightlife, etc etc. The downside being Pukekohe is larger (so its not so “close-knit”) and its longer to travel to the event. Pukekohe is 26mins from the event site (18mins to Waiuku from Puke). 

Here are some Motel options (in no particular order). There may be other options as well.

Aveda Motor Lodge

Parkview Motor Inn

Touchwood Motel

Pukekohe Motel

Please ensure you do your own due diligence on these options – incl. location, price, security for skis, etc etc. There are also options like AirBNB to look at as well which will no doubt have more to offer in Pukekohe.

Please Like/Follow the FB Event 2020 Yamaha NZ Festival of Freerideand post up where you’re booked so that others can follow your lead. 

For the event – we will most likely look to move the Prize Giving function to Pukekohe this year to make it easier for everyone staying there.



Its ON for 2020!!!

Start frothing cause we’re all go for 2020!! The 8th Edition of the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride is back at Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of February 2020. Get yourself sorted, book that time off, and get stuck into it. An event not to be missed!!

Official Press Release from our title sponsors Yamaha Marine New Zealand:

The Yamaha New Zealand Festival of Freeride is back! Now running in its eighth year, the 2020 edition of the Yamaha Festival of Freeride will be held once again at Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku – February 28-29.

The event has grown enormously in its eight year history, with 40 riders in its first year, to 70 riders in 2019, event organiser Richard Webb expects that number to grow in 2020.

“The event has grown and grown every year with popularity and we’re expecting that number to grow again for the 2020 event,” says Webb.

“The Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride event is now the biggest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere and showcases some of the best riders down-under. A spectacle well worth coming to see and a testament to the growth of the sport here in NZ.”

Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride is where personal watercraft riding meets freestyle motocross with riders performing surfing maneuvers and tricks jumping off waves – a sport that is exciting for both riders and spectators.

Run over two days the event see’s a number of sessions and competitions take place such as ‘The Biggest Air competition’ which sees riders try and do the highest jump off a wave, the ‘Sickest Trick’ sees riders attempting the most technical tricks and the ‘Cherry Popper’ for all those riders that are trying a backflip for the first time.

The event is open to riders of all abilities, with novice beginners able to gain expert tuition from seasoned professionals. 

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Yamaha NZ Festival of Freeride for yet another year. In conjunction with our dealer partner, Rogers Boat Shop, we’ve been supporting it since the innaugural event and its been great to see the event go from strength to strength,” says Yamaha Marine Marketing Manager, Pete Dick.

Having just launched its 2020 WaveRunner range, Yamaha will look to have their full range on display including the popular stand up model – the Superjet.