Well, what a spectacular weekend of Moto Surf Freeriding, blue skies, sunshine and great surf… not to mention an abundance of bikini clad babes!!!
Firstly, to our riders, whether near or far, for their unwavering eagerness to be part of this event, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If it wasn’t for your dedication to the sport and Freeride spirit, The Rip’N Ride as we know it would not be as unique or successful as it is today.
To our sponsors, what can I say, but WOW! The generosity that has been given not only to the sport, but the riders is unfathomable. Where have you heard of any competition that awards ALL of its entrants and officials/helpers with a prize for just participating from the prize pool worth more than $35,000.00!
High Roller Energy, who set the stage with 30 foot inflatable cans, judging towers and excited the majority of the crowd and riders with your tantalising beach striding high roller girls. Once again you have been the backbone of this event and optimised what a naming rights sponsor is all about! Thank you.
Yamaha, who stands behind and believes in the Rip’N Ride format, year after year, with the offering to one of our riders a brand new Yamaha Superjet, exceptional!
AJSP, who tirelessly source the majority of our sponsors under its umbrella believing not only in the Rip’N Ride but me as a representative of this sport I can not thank you enough.
Krash Industries, Solas, Rick Roy Products, JetPilot, Jettribe, Random Performance, The Wet Seat, Burn Industries, DASA, Yamaha Genuine Parts and Accessories, Wollongong City Jetski, Three swallows Hotel, R & R Jetski, Skat-trak, Worx, Hydro-turf, Freeride innovations, Airtime Products, Cold Fusion, Freeride Powersports, ADA Racing, Blowsion, Jetmaniac, One Industries, NZ Freeride, Titan Performance Products, Pro Rider magazine, Crusty Magazine Thrust Innovations, Impros, Topline, Jet tech Industries, FP1, Jet ski TV, Palmer Jetsports, Player 1, NSWFA, AJSBA, Grants Trophies, KR Lines, B S Industries and last but certainly not least Sting Bar, our amazing sponsors. I hope that we have done you proud as you have to us. For some of our sponsors, the Rip’N Ride 5 has been your first taste into the world of Surf Freestyle in Sydney, for others, including our 5 year veteran sponsors, each year just keeps getting bigger and better and we thank you for your support.
Officials/Volunteers/helpers, this event was able to happen because of you. It is your generosity and commitment, if not to the sport, but to me, that has made this event the best Rip’N Ride ever! And I am forever thankful to you.
Finally the “Cherry Poppers”…. The reason that makes this all worthwhile, THE BEST EVENT EVER, in my books. Each year a brand new set of faces/greenhorns preparing to take on the backflip for the very first time, something that took me 10 years to attempt but some of you 10 seconds to be talked into by your so called mates!!! You brought me to tears, my heart full of joy, like a proud “Godfather”!
Now, Time for the formalities……
This year’s official RNR5 video is being produced by “The Hoy Show”. The award winning cinematographer Mike Simpson is excited to get this out to the public via Fuel TV and we will advise you when completed. Also as a bonus, Jetski TV have compiled a team who are presently compiling a documentary for Australia’s number 1 free to air sports channel on 1HD, we will update you on its details as they come to hand.
Don’t forget you can buy any images of the day online via Topline Photography
To end, I would just like to reiterate my thanks to everyone involved. What a fantastic event the Rip’N Ride 5 was and we hope that we will have your support next year for RNR6.
Rip N’ Ride Photos