Flyboard Tips and Tutorials
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Featuring Pro Flyboarder Jordan Wayment
We hope our Flyboard 101 Page helps improve your flying and provides Flyboarders an opportunity to share and discuss tricks, techniques and challenges that each of us face as we attempt to take our flying to new heights. These tips come to H2RO from Pro Flyboarder Jordan Wayment and occasionally guest contributors. Jordan finished 2nd at the Flyboard North American Championship and won the award for ‘Best Showmanship’ at the 2013 Flyboard World Cup. He is also one of the world’s best Hoverboarders and if you’re interested in learning how to fly the new Hoverboard by ZR? Check out our Hoverboard 101 Page
For Beginners please watch our ‘How To Flyboard‘ series to get a handle on the basics.
Remember that this tips page really becomes a great resource when YOU get involved:
- If you have questions for Jordan please share them in the comments and we will work to get you your answers.
- Do you fly? Do you have a tip that would help the rest of us out? It would be cool if you would hook us up with those too!
FLYBOARD TIP OF THE WEEK – COMMUNICATION
This week we’re back with another great tip from Jordan Wayment. This time we’re focusing on communication between the flyer and their driver. This is really important and though the hand/arm signals used with certified instructors may differ slightly it is important to employ them in order to achieve the best possible experience out on the water. Here are the signals Jordan teaches the people he flies.
Always use two hands when communicating with your driver. Two thumbs up means more altitude. Keep pumping your arms up until your at the altitude you want. If you want to to have less throttle point your thumbs down and pump your arms until you’re at the altitude you want…if you want to be lowered into the water (to rest or talk to the driver) put your arms out like you are flying with your palms down and slightly flap your hands down. The driver will then put you in the water. When you want to signal that you are all done Flyboarding and want to get out of the boots tap the top of your head then the driver will shut off the water craft. Each of these signals can be understood no matter the direction the Flyboarder is facing.
FLYBOARD TIP OF THE WEEK – BACKFLIPS
Since a Flyboard backflip is ‘the move’ everyone who flies wants to perfect we decided this week to revisit this tip and share some new thoughts courtesy of our guest contributor, Pro Flyboarder Alexander Maravegias. Check it out…
Back Flip Execution
In order to execute a clean back flip there are some simple steps you must follow. The traditional way to perform the back flip starts with circling your PWC. While circling the PWC you want to be making fairly wide, big circles so that you’re not too close to the ski when you flip. Start out at about five feet high circling your ski, a good point on your PWC to look at is the back corner of your ski on the inside of your circle. When you get parallel with your back corner focal point that is when you know that it is the perfect time to throw your flip. To throw it simply get to your mark (big wide circle with back corner focal point in parallel sight) then pull your toes up a bit to create a flatter footing position which will bring the hose underneath you, and bring you shooting in an upward motion. This upward motion is crucial to the back flip as it allows for a flip that wont drop you too low too fast. While shooting in that upward motion you want to be aware of where your hose is in order to not hit it after the flip has been thrown. One way to make sure your wont hit the hose is to slightly pull up in your inside the circle foot which will bring you slightly to the outside of the circle. Hold your position for at least three seconds in order to get some decent height for your flip, then pretend someone is grabbing the hair on the back of your head and pulling it down putting your body into a bridge formation. As soon as you throw your head back the nozzles underneath your feet will help rotate your body around. Once around you should spot your landing and let your legs and feet come around in a smooth, clean manner and you have successfully landed your back flip.
Now back flipping for riders who are flipping for the very first few times can be easier if executed coming out of the water I have found. Most people find it a bit scary to flip while flying above the water. But for some reason its just not as scary when you shoot out from underwater. Basically instead of being about five feet high doing your circles around the ski, stay in the water with your chest almost fully submerged and your body in an extended, belly down position. Circle the ski keeping your same back corner focal point in sight. When your ready simply pull your feet directly underneath you and you will shoot out of the water. Wait about four seconds this time since your starting from inside the water, then throw your back flip. The main thing I see happen wrong here is people don’t wait long enough before they flip. They throw their flip, but hit the water with their shins or feet. There is nothing wrong with hitting the water a bit because at this point the people who were too scared to flip have felt the feeling and now are more comfortable going higher and throwing it. The key to landing it in this scenario is to wait until you are high enough. After a few times doing this, most people will land their flip and feel very excited about it, which in turn will make you (the instructor) very happy as well!
There you have it! How to execute a back flip on the Flyboard!
Backflip Tip #1
(Video courtesy of Jordan Wayment)
Wanna try a backflip?
They are a little bit different than doing a backflip on a tramp, wakeboard, snowboard or anything else because of the jets. Once you throw the flip, you have to physically move the jets to your landing where your feet are directly under you. It feels weird at first, but just keep trying.
Just do everything you can to not under-rotate 🙂
Setting up your back flip is very important for your safety. Both so you don’t run into the hose or have the hose hit the ski. Fly out in front of the ski then make a right hand or left hand turn and fly down parallel to the ski and stop. Fly straight up, I usually count to three on my way up, then I initiate my rotation. Adding style to your backflip is easy. As you start to rotate, grab the back of your board and hold it through your rotation.
FLYBOARD TIP OF THE WEEK – THE HOSE
This week Pro Flyboarder Jordan Wayment shares a few tips for taking care of the hose.
When you are done and it’s time to put the Flyboard away, follow these steps:
- Leave the Flyboard in the water
- Undo the front strap. Grab the hose by the elbow and pull the hose out of the water.
- Lay the hose on the dock or boat or side gunnels and drain the hose from the back to the front of the
Flyboard. This results in easy flow when draining your hose.
When you are done Flyboarding I disconnect the hose from the board and I roll it up. Be aware that the ware ring is not glued in. It will fall out if you’re are not careful. Roll up your hose and then when you go to use it again DO NOT grab the middle and pull the hose out as this causes spiral hose and it kinks as many times as you rolled it up. The proper way is to unroll it laying the hose on itself, back and forth until it’s all unrolled then connect the end to the Flyboard. This way you will have a kink free hose ready to fly.
ANOTHER HOSE TIP FROM JORDAN WAYMENT: A little maintenance tip, when I am done Flyboarding and I’m not going to use the Flyboard for a couple of days I lay my hose out on the grass and I put the shop vac on the blow settings and stick it inside of the hose. I let it air out so when I roll it up it does not mildew inside. I do this often and I let it run for about 10 to 15 minutes this way it doesn’t smell when you store it also.
FLYBOARD TIP OF THE WEEK – ON THE WATER TOOLS
We’re back with more great tips from Pro Flyboarder Jordan Wayment. While out on the water recently Jordan realized the importance of having some specific tools on hand to make sure you can fly safe even when challenges arise. Here’s what he wants you to know so you don’t have to head back to shore right away:
Two things that can come in very useful when out on the water are a wrench that fits the hose clamps and an allen wrench to tighten the bindings. (Mike Dear contributed to this tip on Facebook… “add floats to your tools prior to hitting the water”). The two things that I see happen most often is the hose blowing off the Flyboard and/or the bindings coming loose. If the hose comes off you need to re-tighten the hose clamps. The Flyboard can function with just one hose clamp on each end so carry spare hose clamps, keep them in a safe place and just put one on each end. Once you’re done flying and have headed back to shore you can attach the rest of the clamps.
If the bindings come loose you’ll be thankful to have the allen wrench available to tighten them back up without having to ride all the way back to shore.
H2RO: Do you have any must have equipment when out on the water…. share with us in the comments.
FLYBOARD TIP OF THE WEEK – FLYBOARD 101 VIDEO SERIES
Since Jordan was off in France shooting the new Flyboard Family video we thought it was a good week to make a contribution and post our Flyboard 101 Video Series shot with the help of our friends from Island Flyboard. These videos cover set up, safety and the basic Flyboard maneuvers. Enjoy!
FLYBOARD TIP OF THE WEEK – 360 SPINS
(Franky Zapata video courtesy of KronotekTV. Last clip is some of Jordan Finley’s sick riding)
To do a 360 spin it is very important to spin when the hose is directly underneath you. How you spin it is you straighten the leg on the side of the direction you want to go and bend the opposite knee. You want to bend your knee and have your knee basically in your arm pit but also remain in an upright position. At the initiation of the spin it will feel like you are falling. You will need to remember to keep the hose underneath you at all times. The hardest part of this trick is trying not to kink the hose. Remember that this is a spin and not a tight turn. You do not have to twist your upper body all of the spinning motion comes from the pressure of your feet. To practice this trick it’s better to spin on your way up.
FLYBOARD TIP OF THE WEEK – DOLPHIN DIVES
(Videos courtesy of Island Flyboard and Jordan Finley of AquaFlyboarding USA)
There are three things you need to do to perform a good dolphin:
1) Don’t jump. There is nothing to jump off of.
2) You want to enter the water at a 45 degree angle, not straight down.
3) As soon as your head enters the water immediately look up and arch your back to come back out of the water. After you come out of a dolphin, resist the urge to wipe the water off of your face. Many people naturally do this but it causes them to lose balance and the trick looks sloppy. I do a quick head whip to get the water out of my eyes. When you dolphin you can put your hands in front of you like you would dive in a swimming pool or you can keep them by your side and enter head first it is just a preference.
Once you have mastered a dolphin, adding a spin is the next step. Do one regular dolphin. As your head comes out of the water, start spinning in the direction you feel most comfortable. Complete your spin by the time your feet get out of the water and go directly into another dolphin.
Reverse dolphin dives are a little scary at first; I would recommend learning how to get up flying backwards while starting on your back. When you do a reverse dolphin look back until you see the water and as soon as your head enters the water do a big kick like you would if you where starting on your back. That will help you get back out of the water.
FLYBOARD TIP OF THE WEEK – FALLING
(Video is of Blaine Jeffery…falling)
- If you lose your balance and start to fall, immediately face the direction you are falling and keep your head and chest up. This will bring your feet underneath you and give you time to recover rather than crash.
- Falling backwards is really tricky. Push your toes down as far as they will go and get the weight of your chest forward. This will force the jets to spray behind you and you will begin to start moving forwards.
- (Blaine: May I add that I was also taught that once I began to fall and realized I couldn’t save it to twist into a diving position so entry into the water was a smooth as possible. Seen in the second example in this video)
- If by chance you cannot recover and fall into the water, your certified instructor will release the throttle so you can regain balance. Your instructor will not fly you any higher than 1 or 2 feet off the water until you have learned to maintain your balance and save your falls.
Chase Shaw (former Rocky Mountain Flyboard Instructor) shared some great insights on our YouTube channel so we thought we would add them here:
- If you start falling backwards, keep your legs straight, bend over at the waist, put your shoulders way over your toes, and push your toes down. This will get the jets back underneath you and you will do 1 of 2 things,
1. You will lower yourself into the water and your fall will be cushioned.
2. You wont fall.
- When you are falling to the side, whip your shoulders in the direction that you are falling. This will naturally allow your hips to follow and then at this point you can get the jets back underneath you.
FLYBOARD TIP OF THE WEEK – FIRST TIME FLYBOARDING
Jordan Wayment – Rocky Mountain Flyboard
(Video is of me, Blaine Jeffery, NOT following this tip very well)
When you are first learning to Flyboard:
- Never bend both knees at the same time. This will help you maintain perfect balance and prepare you on learning how to turn.
- Before you come out of the water, your body should be in an upright position as if you were already standing.
- Keep your legs straight your eyes on the horizon and, most importantly, relax. Maintain this position as you come out of the water and continue to find your balance with straight knees.
- Once you are in flight, change your direction by shifting your weight to the direction you want to go.