Pro Hydroflight Athlete Ronnie Feise
Reviews the JetDeck by Defy WaterFlight
I have had my eye on the Defy JetDeck as soon as the media on it was released. I was really interested in what movement in all directions would feel like in relation to stability. Nick Homer, the inventor of the JetDeck, and his wife Chelsea were on their long trek back to Utah from their visit to the Miami Boat Show. Thankfully Texas was on the way and they were kind enough to come out to Lake Conroe and let us try it out.
I was flying the prototype model that they brought to the show and it had the floats removed. Nick helped me hook my Ronix Parks right up and I was booted up and ready to fly. Nick also took the time to explain to me how the flexible hoses allow you to really move the board hard in any direction with no resistance. He also explained how the jets are more elliptical than other products available which allows the water to fan. This helps stop the jet from hitting the hose with too much force when you are turning hard or dropping in. After explaining how everything worked he encouraged me to really try to get a feel for how the JetDeck moves and not get stuck on just doing what I already know I can do. With that being said, I was off into the cold water…
When I first started flying I really wanted to see how smooth it felt to move around and change directions. I noticed that it was very easy to move the board in which ever direction that I wanted. So easy that an uncoordinated beginner would probably be off balance with all of the movement. The real fun came when I learned that I could literally slide it sideways and maintain the same vertical height. This was obviously a completely new sensation compared to anything that I have ever flown. The flexible hoses under your feet allow you to move in whichever direction you want with no resistance from the hose or piping system and it never feels like it is pulling you in any direction. After trying out moving it around a bit I figured I would turn it up a notch and try a few flips and spins. The stance is a little wider which made it a bit easier to control the independent feet on set up and landing tricks and the smoothness of the flight allows you to feel comfortable throwing tricks from almost anywhere.
If I were to compare the JetDeck to similar products I would have to say that it gives the advanced rider the most freedom and smooth movement in any direction. Nick was a really nice guy who is very passionate about what he does and I am really excited to see what the production model has to offer and what people can do on it with a little flight time.
Ronnie ‘The Punisher’ Feise