The DEFY Booster Hose Kit is an innovative product that is only available at Defy Waterflight but fits any hydroflight device. The booster hose system was designed to offer a much safer experience for the rider and personal watercraft pilot. A 10 meter, large 6″ diameter hose attaches to your existing J-pipe or any other existing U-pipe (with a universal adapter kit) and creates an extra 30 feet of distance between the rider and the PWC without any loss of power.
Nick Homer of DEFY shared with H2RO some of the huge benefits of using this system for Hydroflight competitions:
1) Its basically a “free” 30 ft extension of the hose (“free” meaning there is no loss in power or throttle response times)
2) The rider no longer has to basically be on top of the PWC when flying at high altitudes
3) The rider no longer has to worry about flipping the PWC (loops die when they hit the Booster)
4) The PWC doesn’t take nearly as much of a beating in competitions (less down time and lower repair costs)
H2RO reached out to a few of the athletes who’ve been flying with the Booster Hose. Below is what Scotty Knemeyer, Max Miller and Ronnie Feise had to say:
H2RO) How does the Booster Hose positively impact your flying when your throwing lots of big tricks similar to a Hydroflight run in competition?
– Safety is the biggest factor. The hose keeps you out at a much safer flying distance from the ski.
– The 6″ hose protects from kinking the hose or flipping the ski which can drop the rider straight out of sky.
– The ski follows the rider very smoothly instead of getting yanked all over the place in the water. This will decrease rolling and other damage to the PWC, which will increase the shelf life of the PWC’s used for competitions.
– The “dog chain” effect is drastically reduced with the extra length and additional slack of the booster hose. The stiffer hose section is a little harder to bend, which means you’ll start to feel it adding pressure to you feet long before you would have “dog chained” on a normal hose. When you start to feel the booster bending and resisting, you’ll know to back off the forward momentum early before it yanks your feet out from underneath you. (just to clarify, the booster doesn’t fix bad flying… you still can’t just rip a straight line away from the ski without dog chaining…lol)
H2RO) People will be wondering about the extra length and weight affecting power. What have you observed regarding the power, performance and height you can achieve?
Actually I feel like I’ve gained a little bit of height on the initial thrust up from the water, but with normal flying under high or low pressure the power and response time is pretty much the same. The 6″ booster hose has almost a zero pressure drop through 30 feet and then it attaches to your normal hose, what ever length it my be.
The funny part is that flying high with the booster hose doesn’t actually feel as high as without it, even though you’re flying at the same height as before. This is probably because having so much distance from the ski is such a big relief (instead of being right on top of it when the hose is stretched straight up). Everyone that’s flown long enough has had some sort of equipment failure and flying over the top of the ski pushing the limits of the equipment can feel a little sketchy. The booster hose will change your whole outlook on flying high, because you have the same height, and same power, but with much less danger than before.
H2RO) When it comes to rentals and recreational flyers, what are the advantages of the Booster Hose? When it applies to Pro Hydroflight athletes why do you think they will love this product?
The booster hose has some great benefits for rentals and recreational users. When someone is learning to fly, even if you’re doing everything you can to keep them away from the ski, they always manage to end up right next to you in the water. Having an extra 30 feet of distance is a huge bonus for safety purposes and keeping them away from the ski. Also, all the extra slack helps prevent falls from dog chaining. Another option that you have is that if you decide you don’t need all 100 feet of length, you can shorten your normal 110mm hoses overall length to gain some fuel economy for rentals. The shorter the length of the 110mm hose, the less throttle being used from ski to achieve same height of flyer. And we all know what it’s like to get sprayed in the face by the Jets from other flyers diving. This is way less likely to happen with the extra length in the hose.
And from a pro riders standpoint another benefit of using the booster hose is that you’ll feel how much more relaxed the hose feels. It glides through the air and water with ease. With the 6″ hose acting as a shock absorber with big loops and tight turns you’ll never feel the hiccups of loosing pressure when the hose is getting kinked cause the 6″ hose and ski will always stay in alignment with each other. And also another cool feeling is being able to use the full 60-75ft hose which ever you may have fully disconnected from the ujoint and not being choked from the front ski harness. Now you have that totally free and extended another 30ft farther in front of the ski. You’ll be amazed with how much more relaxed your 110mm hose will feel whether it’s the triple backflip your throwing or just making aggressive maneuvers you’ll see and feel how much more smooth and fluent the rider becomes.
Max Miller – Jetboard and Jetbike Pro
H2RO) What was your first impression flying with the Booster Hose?
My first impression flying the booster hose would have to be the comfort of being able to fly 65ft high and still having another 30ft of distance between the rider and the ski. It adds a whole nother level of comfort and safety.
Ronnie Feise – (H2RO World Ranked #21 Jetboard)
The overall height didn’t change but the cavitation that I was experiencing at full throttle went away. I was flying EMK (wireless throttle control) on it and there was no delay in throttle response.
H2RO) When it comes to rentals and recreational flyers what are the advantages of the Booster Hose? When it applies to Pro Hydroflight athletes why do you think they will love this product?
When paired with BB Talkin’, this makes rentals a breeze. The ski does not tug on them at all and the safety of having them so far away from the ski is perfect. As for pros I am sure they will notice quickly that this is the next step to opening up the freedom to do what you want without worrying about being attached to a jet ski.