9/2/2022: That’s a wrap. PWCOFFSHORE founder Mark Gerner confirms retirement from Offshore & Endurance Racing. Gerner stated that from time-to-time he will “continue to race to support promoters and the sport, but it will be more about support of the racing community vs the win.” Gerner said “Offshore riding and racing has been a passion for 25 years, I’ve made great friends and competed against the best, it’s been a great ride.” Gerner was known to push the envelope and ride with a great deal of intensity in very rough offshore water. He was one of the very few that could hold contemporary watercraft wide open throttle (WOT) in greater than three-foot sea state from Long Beach to Catalina and back (56 miles). Only those few who have challenged the channel in those conditions can truly understand and appreciate that feat.
Mark Gerner is the founder of PWCOFFSHORE.COM. Outside of Gerner's extremely busy professional life, deep offshore PWC/Watercraft riding and racing was his passion for over 25 years. He has countless (well over 1000 trips to Catalina Island and back from Los Angeles on a JetSki) and extensive experience on the water. He is a Memorial Mark Hahn 300 Mile Race National Endurance Champion, a Triple Crown of Offshore Overall Champion, a Mark Hahn 300 Mile Race Iron-Man Champion, was voted the USA offshore racer of the year, is a member of the offshore racing "Dream Team," has had overall podium finishes in 2018 and 2019 (2nd overall) at the Mark Hahn 300 Mile Arizona Race. Gerner has more podiums at the Long Beach to Catalina and Back race (LB2CAT) than most racers combined, he has the second fastest time in the history of the LB2CAT Race; making it from the Queen Mary in Long Beach to Catalina/Avalon and back (long course) to the Queen Mary in 51 minutes and 52 seconds in 2015 racing a 400 horsepower Turbo Kawasaki Ultra. Starting in 2005, Gerner played a major role in revitalizing offshore racing in the United States.
Gerner has been an advocate for offshore and endurance riding, racers, race promoters and rider safety for many years; In 2019 Gerner was awarded the "Ambassador Award for Offshore and Endurance Racing" for his advocacy of endurance racing. Gerner is a former US Marine Corps Infantry Officer and avid supporter of various veteran’s charities across the United States.
Mark Gerner thanks his beloved Pit Crew for their support over the years: Aaron Cress (RIP) and his wife April, US Marine Gunny Mike Arnold, David “Pirate” Tew, Steve Rasmussen, Lauren Rasmussen, Rod Mulinox, Zack Goldstein, Kody Danel, and other race partners like legendary safety instructor, racer and friend Shawn Alladio, KC Heidler, Peewee Price, Chad, Steve Friebe and John Belton. Gerner said “PWCOFFHSORE.COM and the Hall of Fame will live on forever, nothing will change there and we have identified a successor that will take over PWCOFFSHORE when I am gone.” It’s been an amazing ride, thank you to all who I worked with and raced against.
“Seek perfection, WORK harder than everyone else, second place is first loser – Never surrender, never. Out”
"Juanfa" is a citizen of Uruguay and an exceptionally tough rough water rider. He is a multi-champion endurance racer that includes class wins at the LB2CAT, multiple podium races at the Mark Hahn 300 Mile Race (overall podiums the last two years straight; 2018 and 2019 - 2nd Overall), a Brazilian National Champion and much more! Check him out
PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing Executive Sponsor David Tew
of Southern California, USA
June 26, 2013
Dave Tew Selected to PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing as Executive Sponsor
PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing is pleased to announce the selection of David Tew as Executive Sponsor at PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing. As an Executive Sponsor, Dave will engage in watercraft related community outreach, collaborate with PWC / watercraft dealers across the country and continue to act as a liaison with recreational riders who have expressed an interest in getting involved in offshore and/or endurance racing and act as an advocate for offshore riding and racing.
Dave is exceptionally passionate about offshore riding, racing, Pit Crew methodology and Endurance Racing. Few members of the PWC community have done more than Dave in promoting collaboration and community outreach in engaging recreational PWC riders to ride offshore and when appropriate, play a role in assisting that rider in making the transition from recreational rider to offshore and endurance racer. The consummate professional, Dave is always there to assist a rider in need. Over the last 25 years on the water, Dave has spent countless hours introducing new riders to the water, educating riders on safety related topics and providing guidance to recreational riders as they transition to various forms of PWC racing.
“PWCOFFSHORE had maintained a relationship with Dave for many years, the criteria for selection for the Executive Sponsor role fits Dave’s strengths perfectly” said PWCOFFSHORE Founder Mark Gerner. “We are pleased to take our relationship with Dave to the next level, he’s a great person that is always there for people and we are honored to be affiliated with him.”
Leader in the development of current PWC Pro Am Endurance Pit Crew methodology
Member of Mark Hahn Memorial Pit Teams winning Top Pit Crew in 2010 & Best Appearing Pit Crew in 2012.
Member of the American Watercraft Association H20 Responders.
Member of K38 Watercraft; Assisted with countless offshore races & numerous IJSBA World Finals events. Honored with the 2011 K38 Water Safety Appreciation Award for volunteering in both racing and military events.
DJSA Racing ‘Team Orange’ Safety Member.
Founding member and Vice President of the American Watercraft Association (AWA) So Cal Watercraft Club since 2005. This has involved promoting the rights of PWC riders, mentoring others in starting area clubs, augmenting focus on safe PWC riding and drowning prevention.
Member of multiple AWA PWC Clubs from across the country.
Member of the K38 Chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA).
Dave Tew Endurance Racing Titles:
2008 LB2Cat Amateur Class 2 National Offshore Champion. This was the last Class Win at the LB2CAT for Polaris and the last craft to win a class on a 2–stroke.
2008 DJSA California State Sprint Champion.
2009 Mark Hahn Memorial 300 Vet Masters Open Champion (with race partner Kim Bushong).
2014 Vet Master Class Offshore National Champion
2014 PWCOFFSHORE.COM Award For Excellence
Race Boats that have flown the family flag of an arm holding an upright cutlass:
#33 2012 Kawasaki Ultra 300LX
#33 2007 Kawasaki Ultra 250X – Lord Black Racing sponsored
#33 2004 Polaris - P3 Matrix 200-Factory Pipe triple pipe, 1200cc, 2 stroke
#33 2001 Polaris Virage TX
Bio, David ‘Pirate’ Tew:
Born in Hollywood Ca., where both his parents met. The son of a member of the British Royal Air Force, Dave’s Father traveled the world taking jobs at each stop. His Mother traveled to the United States from Ireland for what she thought would be a short visit to assist her older sister with her children as they immigrated to the United States from The Republic of Ireland.
Always giving to others, PWCOFFSHORE.COM expresses ongoing gratitude for the time and effort (all volunteer) Dave gives back.
Mike Arnold is a former US Marine Gunnery Sergeant who served our country for over twenty years as a Marine. A former PWC Racer and athlete and a master of Pit Crew process and leadership, Mike Arnold has been invaluable to Mark Gerner and the Pit Crew at the annual Mark Hahn 300 Mile race in Arizona. Mike has set the standard and the Crew has received countless awards for their amazing performance.
Consistent members of the volunteer Pit Crew are Aaron Cress, Steve Rasmussen, Lauren Rasmussen, Zack Goldstein, Rod Mullinax, Kodi Mullinax, and Dane.
PWCOFFSHORE Racing expresses ongoing gratitude for the time and effort (all volunteer) Mike Arnold and this group has put in to making this Pit Crew that everyone watches and is known as THE best, most professional Pit Crew in the world.
Check out the Mark Hahn Race and Pit Crew section for more about Gunny-Mike
Aaron Cress has provided technical guidance to PWCOFFSHORE.COM for many years. A strong advocate for Kawasaki, Aaron's feedback to PWCOFFSHORE.COM has been invaluable. Most recently Aaron was the Pit Crew MVP at the 2019 Mark Hahn 300 Mile Race.
PWCOFFSHORE.COM expresses ongoing gratitude for the volunteer efforts Aaron has contributed to PWCOFFSHORE.COM and racing as a whole.
*Aaron Cress left us in 2020, he will not be forgotten. May he rest in pace.
Find Aaron at Dana Point, CA JetSki / Pure Watersports that also has an amazing selection of Kayaks.
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