After the tragic loss of Jeff “OX” Kargola this past Friday, his friends and fellow racers have decided the best way to honor his legacy is to complete the 2011 Monster Energy Rip to the Tip.
Here’s the official statement from the event organizers.
Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja California (April 30, 2011) Perhaps one of the hardest days for many of the 2011 Rip Riders, the day after the tragic death of Jeff “OX” Kargola kicked underway at 9:00 a.m. from the Sea of Cortez fishing village, San Felipe. Rip co-founder, Cameron Steele and his close band of brothers that were all of OX’s best friends departed on a jet back to the United States with plans for them all to rejoin the ride in several days. 11-time SCORE Baja 1000 Champion, Johnny Campbell took the reigns as the lead trail guide and led the group of the remaining 27 riders from San Felipe to LA Bay. As the day kicked off the winds blew hard shoveling sand across the trails and limited riders to only seeing 100 yards in front of them. The Sea of Cortez was roaring today and instead of the azure blue waters commonly seen in the San Felipe area, the water was an ugly milkshake color and it made more than a few stop and think about what it all meant. Charging south the Rip Riders stopped at the famed Coco’s Corner spot, all the riders had the chance to sign Coco’s latest book jotting down words about fallen Rip Rider, OX. After leaving Coco’s the group had the opportunity to meet Baja motorcycle legend, Bill Nichols, at the Chapala Lakebed as Bill was headed north towards San Felipe via Coco’s Corner. The nasty wind and choppy seas gave way as riders traversed farther south. Rip Riders headed into some wild single-track riding towards LA Bay and upon arriving to LA Bay the weather was epic. Another day in the books and another 190-miles for the 2011 Rip Band of Brothers.