YAMAHA’S FREERIDE RETURNS

Now in its eighth year, the 2020 edition of Yamaha New Zealand’s Festival of Freeride will be held once again at Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku, February 28-29.

The two-day PWC event has grown enormously in its eight-year history, attracting 40 riders in its first year and growing to 70 riders this year. Event organiser Richard Webb expects that number to grow further in 2020.

“Freeride is now the biggest celebration of its kind in the southern hemisphere and showcases some of the best riders downunder – a spectacle well worth coming to see and a testament to the growth of the sport here in New Zealand.”

The event sees PWC riding meet freestyle motocross, with riders performing surfing manoeuvres and tricks jumping off waves – a sport that is exciting for both riders and spectators.

Competitions include ‘The Biggest Air’ – which sees riders launching themselves off a wave, and the ‘Sickest Trick’, where riders attempt the most technically-demanding tricks – as well as the ‘Cherry Popper’, for riders trying a backflip for the first time.

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

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

For more information visit www.yamaha-motor.co.nz and www.nzfestivaloffreeride.com