There have only been a handful of athletes profiled on H2RO to date that have never competed in a professional competition. Daniel Guerra is now one of them and man can this guy fly. Working for Zapata Racing as part of their Official Flyboard and Hoverboard Shows, Daniel’s videos consistently grab our attention and we are stoked to introduce him to you.
H2RO Exclusive Interview with Daniel Guerra
H2RO) Daniel, tell us about your background and how you first got introduced to Hydroflight Sports?
All my childhood I was interested in extreme sports. I have been skateboarding for many years. When I was 16 I used to work at the beautiful beaches of Cartagena, Colombia and when we got the first Flyboard, which was brought in by Cartagena Flyboard, right away I fell in love with it.
H2RO) How long have you been flying and how did you get involved with Zapata Racing’s Show?
I started flying in March of 2014. I was flying around 5 minutes a day to promote rentals and that’s how I learned. After sometime, Alejo Sotelo without knowing me personally, invited me to come and perform in China because he saw the potential that I had after seeing some of my videos on Facebook. When Zapata Racing arrived in China last June I was offered the chance to keep performing with them.
H2RO) Most of what we’ve seen from you has been during the shows at Ocean Kingdom, break down your role in the show and what you get to do on both the Flyboard and Hoverboard?
Well I love the Flyboard and I share that same love for the Hoverboard. As I said before I’m a skater and so the Hoverboard feels really comfortable and familiar to me when I ride it. Andrew Hickey is the one who has always pushed me to do crazy stuff on the Hoverboard. Here at the show most of us do both sports, but myself, Erik Diaz and Damone Rippy are the guys who probably enjoy Hoverboarding most.
H2RO) What is your craziest show story or experience so far?
There’s so many crazy stories but if I had to choose one I would say the show at midnight for New Years eve with more than 70,000 spectators and crazy fireworks behind me! But I have to say, everyday is crazy flying with my boys!
H2RO) What other riders have you trained with and who are some of the athletes out there that you look to for inspiration?
First I had the chance to fly with Cooper Riggs in Medellin Colombia and here in China I train mostly every day with my boys Damone Rippy, Geoff Hulet, Andrew Hickey, Simone Careddu, Oscar Schoenberg, Spencer O’Brien and with my Latino brothers who also have yet to professionally compete Alejo Sotelo and Erik Diaz.
H2RO) What do you think about competitions and the work being done to build Hydroflight into a popular action sport?
Well I have never had the chance to compete before. I come from a poor country and it’s impossible to buy a flight ticket to Dubai to compete. In my country there are no sponsors and right now one of the biggest problems we have is that the Flyboard World Cup is in the USA. For Latinos like me it is almost impossible to get a visa approved. Trust me I tried last year and I got rejected.
H2RO) How long is your show contract in China and what are your flying goals once it’s time to move on?
I have been in China performing every day for more than a year and I have no plans on quitting this amazing job. My goal is to become the next Flyboard World Champion!
H2RO) We’ve seen some very cool innovative tricks coming out from athletes flying in your show. Andrew Hickey was putting down some Hoverboard combos, Alejo Francisco Sotelo keeps posting Flyboard flip variations and you seem to be pushing out new tricks on both the Flyboard and Hoverboard. What’s your favorite trick on each ride and what new variations are you currently working on?
My favorite trick on the Flyboard is the layout. I know it’s simple but it feels awesome and on the Hoverboard it would be the 720 backflip. Nothing better than that!! I can’t tell you what I’m working on right now but trust me when the time comes you will be surprised.
H2RO) Daniel take a minute to shout out any and all supporters, sponsors you have and let the readers also know how they can keep up with what you’re doing?
I would like to say thanks to Colombia Flyboard, Aquatic Center by Luxe, Soulfish Apparel and my family! All my boys in China and my daddy John Albinson for taking care of me and my boys. I especially want to thank Stephane Denis and his entire Zapata Racing Official Flyboard Show Team for believing in me and always supporting me in this dream job.
It certainly does look like a dream gig but selfishly we hope you can find your way into a 2017 competition and take a shot at becoming Flyboard World Champion. Thank you for your time and all the best from the H2RO team!
UPDATE: Daniel finished 2nd at the 2017 Flyboard World Cup! His flying was off-the-hook awesome as you can see in this archived live stream video of the finals against Damone Rippy. WAY TO GO DANIEL!