Pro Flyboarder Ronnie Feise of South Texas Flyboard shares his review of the 2014 Flyboard®
We were so excited the day the details on the 2014 version of the Flyboard® were released and reached out to Gulf States Flyboard as soon as we knew they were available. We were running two 2012 boards last summer for our rental operation so the ability to quickly connect/disconnect our board to hose and U-Pipe to Jet Ski is a huge plus for us. The plate is VERY fixed to the Jet Ski pump now and seems much sturdier than the previous versions.
The design of the board is super sleek with really tight clearances between the Y pipe and body of the board. The bindings show a noticeable forward stance and are a little tight to get on and off the first few times. They are still far from broken in but getting easier to put on every time. They fit like a glove once you get all strapped in. Keep in mind when purchasing your new board that there are two size options. The bindings are really easy to install and remove.
Flying the board was definitely a different feeling but super smooth. The combination of the jets being angled and the forward posture of the bindings took a little getting used to. I was comfortable with the difference within minutes and really like the feel of it.
We are flying with a GTX 155 with a dual impeller and got another 8ft or so higher with the 2014 Flyboard®. At our max height we only had about 2ft of hose in front of the ski left in the water. The weight difference between the 2012 and 2014 Flyboard® is HUGE! We tried taking the valve out of the U-Pipe to see if we could get moving forward faster. This does not seem to be made to really work with the Flyboard®. We could only get about 5 ft out of the water at 7,000 rpm and weren’t moving forward any faster then I can fly with it attached. Maybe it would be a different story if I had a 300hp Jet Ski…. or a Hoverboard.
Overall my Review of the 2014 Flyboard® is very positive. We are very pleased with the 2014 Flyboard® and so excited to be part of such an innovative, driven, and fun family!
Ronnie, thanks so much for your review of the 2014 Flyboard® but we’ve got a few more questions for you:
FM: With the new increased angle of the Jets and the forward stance of the new bindings how do you think this will affect first time flyers compared to the old set up? Will new flyers find this positioning a little more challenging or easier?
Yes, I flew a few first time Flyboarders and it seemed easier for them their first time out of the water. The forward posture really helps stop the board from slipping out from under you.
FM: Staying with the board set up for a moment did you find landing your backflips any different with the new jet positioning? Was setting up your tricks affected in any way by the jets and binding changes?
The forward posture does take a little getting used to. The set up doesn’t require near as much forward commitment. I belly flopped the first couple of backflips which warmed me up quick. After that I tried pulling the flip a little harder and it stuck like glue. The forward posture of the boots and jets really helps with the exit of the backflip and keeps you moving forward.
FM: You mention the weight difference with the 2014 Flyboard being HUGE. What affect with that have on the way people manipulate the board around for various maneuvers. I would think that if you ever have to ‘whip’ the board around it would be much easier with less weight… can you share any further thoughts on how this weight difference might affect Pro flyers such as yourself?
Yes the weight difference really makes it easier to whip the board around. It is also a lot less wearing on the legs when flying with high intensity for a long run.
Big thanks to Ronnie, Sean and Charley Price for the great images!