The Poseidon Games is a four stop, four country International Hydroflight Tour Series presented by Savvy Entertainment, which will feature the best Hydroflight Athletes in the World. It is an open competition featuring Jetboards, Jetbikes and Jetpacks. The Athletes will be judged within each discipline based on style, technique, risk and energy. The tour will begin with Poseidon Games Australia (Sharjah was cancelled) where the tour will crown its first Champion. Athletes will then accumulate points at each event leading up to the awarding of the Trident Cup. The 2018 Poseidon Games Tour dates and locations are:
- Australia April 6th – 8th
- Singapore May 31st – June 3rd
- New York August 3rd – 5th
- Bermuda September 14th -16th
Sharjah February 15th – 17th was cancelled.
Poseidon Games Australia
The 2018 competitive Hydroflight season is finally about to begin and we start on the Gold Coast. Poseidon Games Australia will crown the first tour champion and there is a serious field headed down under to battle in this open event. Here are our thoughts about the competitors and why we believe Poseidon Games Australia will be the first opportunity in years to really see how the best in the game stack up against each other.
Now since H2RO has been slacking on the content (yeah we know) it remains very difficult to follow the sport as a fan. You need to piece together Facebook posts and YouTube videos while Googling manufacturers and event names to see who is doing what. Here is an overview of where we believe some athletes coming into this event are at with their flying and the podium we expect to see.
Results from Poseidon Games Australia
Men’s JetBoard Division
- 1st Hunter Verlander
- 2nd Ronnie Feise
- 3rd Damone Rippy
- 4th Sean Ray
- 5th Jake Orel
- 6th Scotty Knemeyer
- 7th Rush Bragg
- 8th Jake Jones
Women’s JetBoard Division
- 1st Bridget Burt
- 2nd Valeriia Vershinina
- 3rd Bailey Butcher
- 1st Michael Traster
- 2nd Ronnie Feise
- 3rd Chase Courneya
Jetboard Competitor Profiles
It has to begin with Daniel Guerra. His friends call him ‘Little Legs’ others refer to him as a ‘Freak of Nature’ and once you see him pull a double front flip or combo front I’m sure many superlatives will instantly come to mind. It’s now no secret that this guy is the leader of the pack when it comes to innovation and clean execution of new tricks. He was very close to beating Damone Rippy at the last Flyboard World Cup and we fully expect him to win this event should he pull the type of runs he’s capable of. Does this decrease the drama when you have a favorite going in… we don’t think so. Nailing tricks in competition is always a little different than in shows or during practice. Guerra will still need to be in top form to stand atop this podium.
Flyboard World Cup Champion Damone Rippy has been watching first hand the progression of his fellow Flyboard Show teammate Daniel Guerra and despite Rippy still being an athlete his peers look up to it is Guerra who has stepped in as mentor when it comes to the pursuit of the front flip. Damone was seen recently celebrating a successful front with EMK so it may be something he’ll have for Australia. It’ll be fun to see these two pushing each other on the Gold Coast.
Jake ‘JSmooth’ Orel
Jake Orel sent a message to the Hydroflight world in Bermuda winning Battle On The Rock. His return to the competitive scene was impressive as he fended of the powerhouse that is Sean Ray. Orel seemed even smoother if that’s possible. His ability to flow tricks together and style out his combos makes Jake a competitor who never leaves points on the table. It is a significant moment to have an open event finally bringing together the very best Jetboard freestylers in the world so we can all see how they stack up against each other.
#VegasStrong would certainly apply to Sean Ray. His dedication to the sport is unwavering and his willingness to throw tricks from max height is impressive (see also TJ Andrews for full hose insanity). Ray has mastered his Universal and triple combos but will need to ensure that his runs deliver a wide repertoire of tricks in order to keep up with the China contingent.
Hunter Verlander has been a consistent Hydroflight force for a long time finding the podium at HydroFest, Louisiana Invitational and Battle On The Rock. Looking at this field though a podium is certainly not guaranteed and it might take landing a quad (if Malvin’s super skis allow it) to lock down a top three spot.
So great to have Suksan in his first open competition. The 2016 Flyboard World Champion will reunite with some of the early pioneers that helped shape his flying and push him since the beginning. Tongthai finished third at the 2017 Flyboard World Cup behind Guerra and Rippy so he knows first hand just how competitive this field is and what he needs to do to make Thailand proud.
Mr. Consistent, Andrews has been on the Podium multiple times during the Flyboard National Tour and only seemed to be slowed in Bermuda by some leg fatigue. TJ goes huge every run and will take full advantage of the turbo charged 300’s down under. Living in the northern United States does make training schedules difficult and it will be interesting to see if Andrew’s repertoire remains similar to what we saw at Battle On The Rock or if he’s added some weapons to deal with the reality in 2018.
Now let’s look at the bracket busters. These guys are always dangerous, always hanging around just outside the top five and ready to strike. Scotty Knemeyer, Ronnie Feise, Geoff Hulet, Petr Civin, Fernando Spinelli, Callon Burns, Denis Kornilovich and Hussein Ibbadey will be keeping the favorites honest and delivering a ton of energy and entertainment value to the crowd. Mike Prince, Jordan Fabro, Sergey Philippov and Logan Foust are looking to take the next step by cleaning up their execution and putting consistently high end runs together. Also cool to see Geovany Alfonso back in the mix.
We have not seen Dillon Jacombs or Morteza Taghdiri before but wish them all the best and Dillon is from Australia so may have some home grown support to lean on.
There will be excitement and nerves mixing together as new competitors in the ladies division take to the sky down under. Lena Camargo has transitioned from Flyboard National Tour on-air celebrity to Poseidon Games competitor as she’s been training hard with her partner Sean Ray. Also throwing down for the first time is Bailey Butcher, her dude is Jake Orel, (are you seeing a theme). These athletes have been around the sport for a while and it’s great to see them booting up and further strengthening the ladies division. Rounding out the field are Bridget Bur and Valeriya Vershinina.
HydroFest Champion Jesse Orlando will look to hold his number one position in the world of competitive Jetpack freestyle. Orlando is pure entertainment and reckless abandon so his inclusion is fantastic for both the event and this division. Looking to take out Jesse are Mike Traster, Scottay Geltmonn and Matt Stubbs. Traster is an incredible technician and depending on the pack he’s flying hopefully will have the freedom to execute all that he’s capable of (We’ve not heard if Mike will fly the Falcon in Australia). Geltmonn was top eight in Pahrump, Nevada back in 2016 but a lot of time has passed since then and we expect all four Jetpack athletes to impress and inspire.
Brian Grant (Canada) and Chase Courneya (Canada) will ensure the Jetbikes are represented on the Gold Coast. Sure it would be nice to see some of the resident Australian Jetovator athletes on the roster (and maybe there will be some last minute entries) but either way having all three Hydroflight experiences on display for the Poseidon Games crowd will be great. Both packs and bikes have a nice rep of tricks and deserve to have a constant presence within competitive Hydroflight.
The Trident Cup was born from the idea that hard work, perseverance, talent and dedication should be rewarded. Each “Battle” inside the Poseidon Games will crown a champion. At the end of the series we will crown a Grand Champion and award the Trident Cup. This Champion will be determined by a points system, with points being awarded according to finish placement during each Battle across the five-event series.
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Hydroflight World Tour
To witness the birth of the first Hydroflight World Tour is incredible. Since our first article in 2013, H2RO Magazine has been dedicated to growing the sport and now with open competitions being presented in five countries fans will finally get their chance to get to know these athletes on a deeper and more consistent level. Each destination will be an immersive experience for the fans, inspiring for the athletes and powerful for the sponsors.
BATTLE ON FLAG ISLAND – POSEIDON GAMES, SHARJAH, UAE
The first of five tour stops for the Poseidon Games looks to have an impressive line up of athletes registered early. The following Jetboard freestyle pros are set to do battle in Sharjah, UAE (about 30 minutes north of Dubai) on February 16-18, 2018.