HYDROFLIGHT COMPETITION RESULTS
There are many Hydroflight athletes in the game that are part of the ‘first generation’. Athletes with multiple competitions under their belts who pioneered the first Jetboard tricks. Now there is the ‘second generation’ emerging, athletes who have watched and learned carefully from the original crew and are now taking the sport of Hydroflight up another level. One such athlete is Sean Ray.
Sean Ray introduced himself at the HydroFest 2016 event in Pahrump, Nevada, and his dedication on the Flyboard now has him consistently on the podium in 2017. H2RO spoke with Sean soon after he finished second at Battle On The Rock.
H2RO Magazine Interview with Sean Ray
H2RO) Sean, what was life like growing up and who were some of your heroes?
Life for me growing up was always exciting and I was usually being held together by a few stitches. I was always active playing sports, exploring, as well as always building, or trying to fix something. Whether it be jumping off cliffs, or out of trees, with me and my three brothers, it was never a dull moment and there was always a constant level of competition growing up.
I never really had a favorite superhero or anything like that. My real life hero was always my father. He raised all four of us at once through manhood and I owe him the world for that. He taught me that hard work pays off, and if I want something bad enough then I have to get off my ass and make it happen.
H2RO) What kinds of sports were you into before Hydroflight?
Sports: Lacrosse, Football, Basketball.
H2RO) How did you get introduced to Hydroflight and how long have you been flying?
I had heard about the sport for a few years. I first personally witnessed it in May of 2015 at Lake Mead National Park in Las Vegas. I tried it for the first time that day. I immediately fell into a management position at a local Hydroflight rental company in Las Vegas. This was in July of 2015 when I really started getting into it. At the moment I have stepped away from the rental part of the industry to focus on individual private training lessons and competition training while traveling the world for the sport.
H2RO) Looking at your journey on the Flyboard to date, what have been the different phases of growth for you on the board?
Some of the different phases of growth, I would have to say a big one is getting introduced to some real power. There are so many tricks that cannot even be thought possible without proper power. Once you see the possibilities of what power can give you, the whole game changes immediately. Another big phase for growth was locking down new big tricks I had been working on for a long time. That time you land that first double, or when you successfully thread that needle without smashing your face into the hose. Those were monumental and a big part of what fueled my drive to see how far I could really take this sport.
H2RO) You’ve got some great competitive results (I’ll list them at the top of your page) so far, what are some of your professional goals as an athlete?
As an athlete, I want to make this into my actual career. I want to run children’s training camps all over the world and travel to do entertainment shows. I also WILL win a World Cup Championship.
H2RO) Who are the people in your life who kick your ass and help keep you on the path?
My beautiful Human Lena Camargo is one of my biggest motivators, with her personal training background and purely good intentions for me, she always pushes me to keep going and stay dedicated to anything I put my mind to.
My cousin Ryan has also been a big part of my life in great ways, he has taught me how to approach things differently and look at life in new ways. It’s hard to explain but it has changed me for the better.
H2RO) What’s your favorite music, what’s your favorite movie?
Music: Reggae, Tropical house, Motivational Speaking, Hip Hop
Movies: Comedy, Health/Planet documentaries, War movies
H2RO) There are very few people in the world who have had the opportunity to be part of building a brand new sport, what are some of the challenges you and your peers face as pioneers and what does your wish list look like for 2018?
Pioneering a new sport is challenging sometimes because everything is so new. Everything that happens must be figured out for pretty much the first time when it comes to a lot of things. The equipment we use, the new products that are being invented. We are like the test dummies for everything. But that is also what makes this amazing. We are inventing the day to day tasks and methods that will last a lifetime through future generations. The tricks we are creating and the limits that we are pushing on an everyday basis. The feeling of not knowing what will happen until you try it is so exhilarating.
H2RO) Here’s a question for Lena. We heard she’s thinking of booting up as a competitor herself and we’re curious how training is coming along and when we might see her first appearance?
She has been flying just about a year and holds a deep passion for the sport. Her dedication is leading her strong into the competitive side of the industry. Sadly our training has been put to halt due to jet ski issues. She looks forward to making a vicious 2018 debut. Stay Tuned.
H2RO) After Battle On The Rock we couldn’t stop using the word ‘Powerful’ to describe your aggressive flying style, have you been consciously developing that style of riding or is that just your personality on display? I almost want to call your Universal the ‘Angry Universal’ … lol
My flying style comes completely out of nowhere. 99% of my runs begin with me having no idea of what is about to happen. I kind of just goooo, and hope it all works out. I’m usually freaking out a bit while taxiing out to the fly zone, but as soon as that buzzer goes off I black out. I will literally be ascending from a setup and debating over and over what am I going to throw, then last second Bam Bam Bam
H2RO) Ok time to shout out the sponsors, partners, and peeps who make what you do all possible.
First off, thank you to Zapata Racing for seeing my potential in this sport and bringing me on as one of your team riders.
Next is Boulder Boats, one of my very first sponsors that have stuck with me. Thank you for the numerous donations and endless amazing connections in the various sports industries that have helped me this far. Next is Georgia Flyboard for constantly looking out for me since the day we met. Thank you for always inviting me to come train before all competitions at your site in Georgia and for always supplying the best equipment to ride on. Next sponsor shout out goes to Ronix Wakeboards, with such a big concern for high-quality products that are needed for this sport, I am so grateful to have one of the best companies in the world when it comes to Boot Bindings supplying me with the top of the line equipment. My next appreciation shout out goes to Flycaptain, without you, I would not have had the chance to compete in the Flyboard World Cup Championship in 2017 in France and have one of my most memorable experiences of my life. Thank you for what you do for this sport and for our Flyboard Squad Team and I know that this is just the beginning. Another big shout out to Carmen Dawson with Advanz LLC for seeing my potential in my early stages of this career and helping me financially to achieve my goals and make it to all of these competitions. Lastly, a huge thank you to one of my biggest supporters and sponsors. Mr. Malvin Quinones with Turbo Tech Terminator Series. Your knowledge and passion for this sport are priceless. You have my best interest in mind at all times when you provide me with solutions and you cannot put a price tag on that. If you did I wouldn’t be able to afford you anyway. Thank you for also seeing potential in me within this industry and supplying me with whatever parts and upgrades I’ve needed since I started this sport.
H2RO) If you could be any animal in the world what would you be?
If I was an animal I would want to be a Gorilla, king of the jungle.
H2RO) Finally, we love when the Pros hook the rest of us up with a few tips that will help us get over some of the likely Hydroflight hurdles we’ll be facing. What are two of your most important flying tips?
Two of my best tips would have to be:
#1 Stay dedicated. This sports hurts, and can take a while to master certain tricks and maneuvers. It will pay off when you land it.
#2 Be creative, it is easy for all the tricks to look the same. Find ways to stand out and change the game to continue to grow the sport.
Sean we really enjoyed watching you fly in Bermuda and wish you nothing but the very best going forward. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us and for those who want to follow Sean on his website check out www.seanrayproflyboarder.com
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