Hydroflight fans we are only days away from the 2015 North American Flyboard Championship being held just outside of Shreveport Louisiana at the beautiful Cypress Black Bayou. Around the world there are 5o Pro Flyboarders, 16 Veterans and 9 incredible ladies all in the final stages of preparation for this historic event. This will be the first Professional Flyboarding competition held in the United States and nine of the top ten H2RO Hydroflight World Ranked athletes will competing.
We’re also excited to announce that the Hoverboard Best Trick contest is open to all competitors… a great opportunity to learn from each other and jumpstart that discipline.
Just to get the blood flowing here is our Top Eight video from the 2014 North American Flyboard Championship which was held last year in Toronto.
Now it’s time to take a look at our 2015 North American Flyboard Championship Pro Competitors and share our opinion on Why He’ll Win, Why He Won’t. This remains very challenging to do for many athletes as we have a number of first time competitors that H2RO has not seen fly in person yet. We will go in order that competitors currently appear in our H2RO rankings and for those flyers we are unfamiliar with we are really looking forward to seeing you fly! Our H2RO Awards will once again be up for grabs in Louisiana as we name an ELEVATE/CREATE winner and our EMKiller top performer.
2015 North American Flyboard Championship Competitors
Triple. H2RO’s cameras rolled as Suksan landed the first ever Flyboard Triple Backflip in competition on his way to winning back to back World Championships. Even more impressive than sneaking in that third flip without flipping the ski was his entire creative trick repertoire which was not only technically revolutionary but beautiful to watch. His superman to backflip to dolphin three trick combos were smooth and like nothing we had seen to date. Once Suksan successfully sets foot on US soil he is the favorite.
WHY HE’ll WIN: All the biggest tricks in the game at his disposal and unafraid to fly higher and go bigger than anyone else on the planet.
WHY HE WON’T: Our Back to Back World Champion has inspired other top Pros to take their flying to his level and there will likely be some surprisingly awesome runs that could shake up the podium. Suksan could also take himself out though after Dubai and with the option to double loop the strap that is not likely to happen.
DAMONE RIPPY – USA
2014 North American Flyboard Champion
The face of Pro Flyboarding will have a lot of pressure on him but also a great opportunity next week to do something he has yet to achieve and that is finishing ahead of Suksan Tongthai in a competition. Competing in the United States for the first time we’ll see if there is anything like a home court advantage in Flyboarding. Damone is currently appearing on America’s Got Talent and has been working hard as official ambassador for Flycaptain so we know he has been in the boots a ton and is always innovating.
WHY HE’LL WIN: Speed and Combos. Damone’s flying style is powerful, fast, aggressive and he has some incredible combinations dialed in. Having landed a triple in practice we won’t be surprised if he blows minds at the Bayou by adding another rotation to his ‘Eye of the Storm’.
WHY HE WON’T: Thinking back to the X Dubai Flyboard World Cup I would say there are two things that made certain battle rounds closer than they should have been. Cleanliness on his landings and competition time spent ‘entertaining’ the crowd instead of earning the applause with awe inspiring tricks. We’ve seen the double backflip from many competitors so hitting the water on the landing is unacceptable. Focus on trick execution because other top Pros will be too.
JAKE OREL – USA
3rd Place – 2014 X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
JSmooth was very close to knocking his friend, Aquafly teammate and fellow US Pro Flyboarder Damone Rippy out of the finals in Dubai when he threw down arguably the most flawless run by any competitor. Huge doubles, sick combos, all landed 3+ feet above the water made Jake a fan favorite at the World Cup and earned even more respect from his peers.
WHY HE’LL WIN: Jake just keeps getting better and better with each competition. He’s flown in each of the last three Pro Flyboarding competitions and puts runs together that are dynamic with very little repetition. JSmooth has all the tools and I think he knows better now than ever before what it will take to win it all. Tasting the podium in Dubai has likely fueled his fire going into 2015.
WHY HE WON’T: Judges in the past have interpreted his smooth flying style with casualness and even with perfectly executed, clean, tricks it was his aggressiveness and flying speed in between tricks that left the door open for his competition to sneak in. The question will be can Jake Orel maintain his style and execution while working faster than he ever has in the past?
COOPER RIGGS – USA
2nd Place – 2013 Flyboard World Cup
Cooper Riggs would not shock anyone if he flew himself onto the podium for the second time. A flipped ski with 25 seconds was the only reason he finished ninth in Dubai. With a double backflip, beautiful unique lines and transitions and his new infinity flip Coop has the experience and skills to leave the rest of the field behind.
WHY HE’LL WIN: We shouldn’t see him flip a ski at this event due to the double looped strap and the new format won’t lead to an early showdown with another top flyer like in Toronto. Cooper’s flying is exciting and yet under control and I believe the judges will look favorably on that.
WHY HE WON’T: Well it might take one of the other guys making a mistake for first place to come Cooper’s way in that the Triple is now in play and we don’t know if Coop or anyone else outside of Damone and Suksan have been coming close to landing it. His combos also would need to get bigger to land atop the podium.
STEPHANE PRAYAS – France
2012 Flyboard World Champion
After taking in some feedback on how aggressive he would have to fly in order to beat Jake Orel in his finals run Stephane flipped his ski and sealed his own fate. Fourth place last December was still a fantastic result and proved to all of us that the first ever Flyboard World Champion still has game.
WHY HE’LL WIN: Stephane has both creativity, think Bonsai Flip and seat grab, and big tricks thrown at max height. He’s very strategic and understands what each round needs from him to be successful.
WHY HE WON’T: When we spoke in Dubai we learned that it was the shorter rounds that prove the most difficult due to the fact he doesn’t have enough time for some of his more creative and unique elements. If he gets past the first few rounds and then has 2 1/2 minutes to work with he’ll be in good shape.
JORDAN WAYMENT – USA
2nd Place – 2014 North American Flyboard Championship
The wild cowboy just never seems to do anything but fly great and advance farther than people expect. Maybe it’s because Jordan looks like he’s just having too much fun out there to actually be flying at such a high level and there is the lingering controversy from Toronto where he advanced over a very impressive Scotty Knemeyer. The fact is he keeps improving, landing his double in Dubai, and he’s got that magnetism that pulls fans and judges in.
WHY HE’LL WIN: Jordan has been adding elements to his game with each competitive appearance. With well executed combos, some unique tricks and going really big on his reverse elements Jordan could be doing a lot of flying next week.
WHY HE WON’T: The cannonball is totally fun but likely not the kind of new move needed to knock the best in the world off the podium. He’ll also need to be comboing his double and I worry the only double work he’s been doing lately involves his twins 🙂
CALEB GAVIC – USA
4th Place – 2014 North American Flyboard Championship
Consistent. That’s a great word for Caleb and he’s also a guy I would be much more afraid of now having had time on the wireless EMK and flying with a double looped strap. He climbs the full length of the hose before throwing his double and it’s scary and impressive all at the same time. In Dubai he brought back some of the speed and aggressiveness that seemed to have escaped him in Toronto so I expect Caleb to shake things up on the bayou.
WHY HE’LL WIN: Caleb is due for a top three break through. He’s been right there on the verge and is a perennial top ten finisher. There’s something to be said about competition experience and Caleb will use that to his advantage.
WHY HE WON’T: I don’t know how much time on the board Caleb would have had pre-event and so that could make a difference. Adding new combos will be something he’ll need to do as the Overall Impression score will likely be negatively affected by runs looking too similar as the comp progresses.
CALLON BURNS – Bermuda
3rd Place – 2014 North American Flyboard Championship
Cal rocked our H2RO EMKiller shirt even though he hadn’t flown with the EMK… badass. But seriously Cal has three things that combine to make him a top competitor. One is his rhythm and style on the board. He flows long spin combos, both directions, seamlessly between bigger tricks. Two he has his own variation sidewinder double and a one and half missile that was crazy big in Dubai which differentiate his run from the rest and allow him to stand out. Three he’s been an athlete off the water which has included amateur boxing and his fitness level and competitive fire can certainly be strengths.
WHY HE’LL WIN: I know the new format and scoring for this event will appeal to Callon and allow him to focus on his flying which is bad news for the competition. He has a very intelligent and deep view of the sport which you can see when he puts it all together in a run it leaves you wanting for nothing. With the flying with or without the EMK being taken out the equation it won’t be a concern if someone is on the ski or not.
WHY HE WON’T: The sidewinder is cool but if he doesn’t add a true double or a number of combos into the sidewinder double he may not have enough of the big scoring trick elements to beat the other top guys.
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BEN MERRELL – USA
3rd Place – 2013 Flyboard World Cup
Definitely one of the most intriguing story lines heading into Louisiana is how will Ben Merrell transition back to competitive Flyboarding after flying almost exclusively on the Jetblade for the last year. I would think having no independent movement of your feet again would really mess with your muscle memory and so it will be very interesting to see just how comfortable Ben will look out there.
WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s been flying a lot. Even if it has been on other products his time on the water makes him a serious contender. His double seems to be locked in and I think I’ve heard Triple whisperings coming out of Destin so we’ll see. Always a very stylish flyer I’m sure he’ll now be comboing into those beautiful reverse dolphins and earn a few more OI points.
WHY HE WON’T: When you go from adjusting your toes and spinning like a top to having to dig in and rotate around the hose it could be an adjustment that limits what Ben wants to do out there. How fast and how smooth can he make his runs look… we shall see.
HUNTER VERLANDER – USA
5th Place – 2014 X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
The mighty-mite in green that seemed to defy physics in Dubai has the ideal physical make up for Flyboarding. Hunter, now at the wiley old age of 16, seemed to actually go UP on some of his doubles at the World Cup. The Triple backflip definitely seems to look like an option for ‘the poison dart frog’ (yeah that’s my new nickname for HV, though I haven’t told Hunter yet).
WHY HE’LL WIN: There currently isn’t a better home for a young Pro Flyboarder than Team Aquafly. With Damone Rippy and Jake Orel pushing you, new flyers like Logan Foust sharing practice runs, and lots of time in the boots Hunter’s progression is sure to accelerated. 5th in the world last December in your first event so why not top of the podium this time.
WHY HE WON’T: In Dubai he had a handful of tricks locked down and he executed them very well but as the rounds progressed there wasn’t as much variety as he will need in Louisiana. I’m sure that his repertoire of combos has expanded but he’ll need to stay focused and not fall into a loop of throwing the same moves in the same round.
JASON GAUTHIER – USA
TOP 8 – 2014 North American Flyboard Championship
Jason at his best is a powerful flyer who can deliver the full gamut of tricks but at speeds that really impress the judges. He had no fear of going very big in Toronto and if he has regained command of his double and added a few new wrinkles we could be seeing a lot of flying from Jason next week.
WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s flown against the best and held his own once so it’s reasonable to think he can take that next step. He’s a physically gifted athlete and has been seen training hard both in Texas and back home in Florida. Jason will likely have some competitive steam to let off after the disappointment at the World Cup.
WHY HE WON’T: Jason is an example of how precarious sport and extreme sports can be both mentally and physically. He burst onto the scene last year in Toronto with fairly solid command of his double backflip, a very strong flying style with fast spins and dives from insane heights, but then there was a little hiccup in his progression. He admitted to me in Dubai that he was having an issue with his double and after a ski flip disqualification his confidence may have been shaken. We just read that he is dealing with a knee injury which is another major hurdle as he tries to get back into the top ten in the world.
UPDATE: Jason sent me some awesome video examples of his superman to double backflip combos which means he was in fine form prior to the knee injury which looks like it might keep him out of the comp.
RONNIE FEISE – USA
10th Place – 2014 North American Flyboard Championship
Just back from flying at the Red Bull Air Races Ronnie has been busy ripping on many different rides as he expands his new Hydro Rockets business. Japan was on the new JetDeck by Defy and H2RO has a Jetovator article coming soon with Ronnie showing some of his new skills on that product. I would think that these different experiences could fuel so fun creativity as he gets back on the Flyboard and prepares for Louisiana.
WHY HE’LL WIN: Ronnie is always a very solid competitor who, without maybe the BIG TRICK moment, puts together solid runs for start to finish and finds a way to advance. Even though his World Cup in Dubai was surprisingly short we did love the ‘missile’ and plus he’s a really nice guy who has fun out there… remember the ‘real dolphin dive‘.
WHY HE WON’T: Show flying and running a successful hydroflight business certainly take up a lot of time and though it gets you out on the water it may not be the type of strict training needed to add the bigger tricks to the repertoire. We saw a very interesting trick list on a chalk board with what Callon Burns, Scotty Knemeyer and Ronnie were all working on but they were flying different rides so who knows what new variations will travel to the comp with ‘The Punisher’. If there is either a live drumming or sumo category added then hands down we have our winner!
ADRIAN BOUCHER – Canada
11th Place – X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
Adrian Boucher can pull some really serious tricks and he does them with a smooth, casual style that makes it look so freakin’ easy. His signature reverse 360 double backflip is super sweet and he reminds me of a teen basketball player who grows quickly to like 7 ft tall in grade ten and can make the game look overly simple when playing against his peers but really turns into a beast when the muscle is put on and he hits the NBA a few years later. With Adrian’s skills finishing 11th in the World was just playing with his peers in Louisiana it’s time for beast mode.
WHY HE’LL WIN: Adrian’s flying tells us so much about his comfort on the board, his ability to throw tricks from max height, and his creativity that we just think if it all comes together for him the runs could be insane. Even if the Triple is out of the equation the variations into doubles and the unique lines he can create should score very well.
WHY HE WON’T: We just haven’t had that one epic run yet from Adrian to know if it’s possible. Perhaps cracking the top ten for the first time is a goal to have rather than thinking about first. To do that he will still need to be moving seamlessly from trick to trick and combo to combo without losing too much time to the set ups.
SRIRANG SATAPORN – Thailand
14th Place – X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
This guy is awesome. Do I have your attention because H2RO has done the world a serious disservice by not getting a proper video of Srirang out after his performance in Dubai. A Thai flyer with a style that crosses over with his fellow countryman and World Champion Suksan Tongthai, Sataporn showed great command of his reverse flying, three trick combos and seemed to be constantly leaving the atmosphere he was so high for most of his runs.
WHY HE’LL WIN: The tricks that he did nail in Dubai were really stellar and his flow from trick to trick made sections of his run look like one long session. With the back to back World Champion imprinting a flying style on our collective consciousness it will also serve Srirang well to bring that Thai fight to the USA and if he takes his World Cup runs up to another level… that’s top five territory at the very least.
WHY HE WON’T: I can just hear Suksan singing “Anything you can do I can do better…”
CHAD BELL – Canada
17th Place – X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
Don’t look at 17th place and think this reflects Chad Bell’s abilities. He was the first flyer in Dubai flying out of his true doubles five feet above the water and looked in total control on the board. We won’t go back and worry about the World Cup as Chad is another flyer who will be on attack mode next week with the double looped strap and I’m sure he’s anxious to show his peers and the judges that 17th place is not gonna cut it.
WHY HE’LL WIN: Two elements of Chad’s runs in Dubai proved he has the DNA for this sport. One is he threw a ridiculously huge reverse dolphin which looked great but also showed everyone that there was no fear in this guy. Second his qualifying round doubles were so pure that we know with that solid a technical command of the board he can translate that over to many other variations and combos which is the recipe for taking home the big money.
WHY HE WON’T: Maybe it will be a mental game for Chad as we know sometimes flyers begin to see what other guys are throwing and they move beyond their own comfort zone to try and keep up. Which in practice is a great thing to do but in front of the judges looks dangerous or uncontrolled. If Chad can avoid letting that happen he likely has enough in his aresnal to make a real run at the podium.
Check out Chad’s interview with H2RO and video of his Qualifying run at the X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
JESSE GAVIC – USA
15th Place – 2014 North American Flyboard Championship
H2RO finally completed an interview with Jesse and will be sharing it very soon and it opens with him sharing some of the injuries and struggles he’s had to fight through. After being dropped from the sky in Dubai and coughing up blood he came back and flew valiantly. I feel like with Caleb having some success and Jesse training closely with his brother that these last two events, even if they didn’t result in the placing Jesse would have liked, have given him some valuable experience that will help immensely in Shreveport. The quiet assassin…
WHY HE’LL WIN: With the results to date it would certainly be a shock to have Jesse leap all the way to the top of the podium but like betting on horse racing there are always those times when the track and the moment unite with an underdog and thrust him into the spotlight. Jesse has some very big tricks so we just need to see a comfort and consistency grow as the rounds progress. The farther he gets into the comp the better his flying will likely become.
WHY HE WON’T: It’s hard to take those really hard hits and not let those memories hold you back as you try and push your flying further. At the time of our recent interview Jesse hadn’t completed much training so he was anxious to get out and trim the fat in his runs. He wants consistency and to eliminate the empty spaces. Here’s hoping he gets the time in before the comp to dial it all in.
CASEY MCELWEE – USA
16th Place – 2014 North American Flyboard Championship
We’re not sure of the status of a couple of the flyers on our list so we’ll just say that Casey is one of the highest H2RO ranked athletes in the world who is strictly a recreational flyer. A fan of the neon pink Casey’s run in Dubai was cut short by a DQ which didn’t give us a good chance to see his progression from Toronto. As far as we can tell his double has come along nicely and he and his brother are always dreaming up things to try so we should be in for some fun at the very least.
WHY HE’LL WIN: The ski won’t likely flip, the event execution should be more in line with what he was hoping for and so a focused and determined Casey Mcelwee should be capable of flying at a very high level. If he looks in control while throwing his biggest stuff then perhaps he’s got a shot.
WHY HE WON’T: Outspoken, controversial and perhaps honest to a fault at times, Casey will need to remain focused on his flying in order to finally show the world what he’s actually capable of on the board. I would think the changes to the rules, scoring, and format will help this to occur but if the drama off the water is more active than the excitement on it we won’t be seeing much pink at the awards ceremony.
ASHTON BEUKERS – Canada
24th Place – X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
When your job is flying in front of 80,000+ people at night at the Ocean Kingdom in China the competition stage is of no concern for this Canadian. What will be interesting is to see how Ashton’s Dubai experience informs his decision making and trick card at the N.A Championship. A tremendous athlete we know that the backflip variations are likely to be combo’d and he did say we would see his double next week.
WHY HE’LL WIN: The ability to combine what he observed and learned at the World Cup with his experience as a performer seems to me a perfect recipe for solid competitive runs. Once you see the best in the world fly in person your game is immediately improved just through Osmosis. If he nails his double and maximizes his grab variations he should see a few rounds for sure.
WHY HE WON’T: EMK. Has he had time with it to get really solid and confident using it? I know the penalty for a driver has been removed but we still have not had a competition won by a Flyboarder who didn’t fly himself. Maybe this will be the first time but I think being driven could still act as a barrier to executing the tricks needed for top spot. – Check out Ashton’s recent interview on H2RO
DAVID SOLDATO – USA
25th Place – X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
We all know David is a fun guy who likes to party but we learned in Dubai that this dude can really fly. It was awesome to finally see some full rounds of action from David and with each successful trick he seemed more in control and certain of his next move.
WHY HE’LL WIN: It won’t be about winning for David it will be about giving the crowd a show and having a great time both on and off the water. If the trick repertoire has expanded then perhaps he and his backward baseball cap will shock us all.
WILLIAM AYARS – USA
27th Place – X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
Another competitor that we expect to see take a significant dive forward at this event will be William Ayars. His first competitive event was in Dubai last December and he certainly showed everyone glimpses of his technical ability and some great energy on the water. Reminded me of Cooper Riggs in 2013 with Ayars using a lot of backwards flying for set ups and transitions.
WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s got a double backflip in his bag and some really unique looking spin flip combos that seem to look like he could easily throw a board grab on any of them. He’s got the desire to win so let’s get to it!
WHY HE WON’T: There are likely a few more rungs in the ladder to climb before the top of the podium becomes a reality for William. The progression of the elite flyers makes it very difficult to even crack the top five.
Watch William fly at the X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
With the following competitors we will drop the why he’ll win, why he won’t thoughts
because we just haven’t seen enough of them recently to even guess at where their flying is at.
ANDREW SALVADOR – Mexico
11th Place – 2014 North American Flyboard Championship
Andrew had an impressive finish in Toronto. His ridiculously huge reverse dolphin from 45 ft in the air was neck breakingly cool. We haven’t seen or heard much from Andrew since so we won’t guess on where his flying will be at next week. Needless to say competitive experience is an advantage and we don’t doubt Andrew will drop something spectacular without warning.
JASON DUFF – Mexico/Canada
13th Place – 2014 North American Flyboard Championship
Cabo Flyboard was represented by both Andrew Salvador and Jason Duff last year in Toronto. Jason is a dynamic flyer with likely more in his repertoire than we saw at last year’s comp. His videos show some great spins, spin flip combos and he’ll need to have all that and much more to fight through the 2015 crop of competitors.
RUSH BRAGG – USA
17th Place – 2014 North American Flyboard Championship
SoFlo just got some nice press from their local ESPN affiliate. Looks like Rush, Conner Brondes and Spencer O’Brien have been training hard and we look forward to seeing more from Rush then we got last year in Toronto. I will say the spin flip combo Rush successfully threw at the 2014 event was a ridiculously tight flip leaving a lot of room for a second rotation.
GEOFF HULET – Canada
29th Place – X Dubai Flyboard World Cup
Another crazy canuck that traveled from Canada to China to chase a Pro Flyboarding dream. Geoff showed us some great grab spins and some descending spins which are not something we’ve see from many competitors. Recently we learned that he along with Ashton Beukers were working to tighten up his flip rotation so a double might be possible but we’ll have to see how that’s progressed. Geoff goes huge on his dives and it should be fun to see what he brings to his second major competition.
NEW OR CURRENTLY UNRANKED COMPETITORS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
TAYLOR ANDREWS – USA
We don’t know anything about Taylor yet but if he flies like Trey Andrews he’ll make some noise.
SONNIE BEAN – United Kingdom
UK flyer with solid skills and real hunger to get better. Wants to be a top Flyboarder and has another great chance to prove himself.
CONNER BRONDES – USA
New blood who’s been training with Rush Bragg and others at SoFlo.
PETR CIVIN – Czech Republic
I think Petr has had to pass on the USA and is now flying in Poland for one of their new events.
DEREK CRESPI – USA
We are excited to see Derek fly and know he’s battled back after a very serious accident. Might have something to show on both the Flyboard and Hoverboard.
RODRIGO DELGADO – Mexico
Mexico has become a hyper-active hydroflight country so blink when anyone from there takes to the water.
KEVIN DIXON – USA
More new blood from the USA. Whatcha got?
COREY EGAN – Australia
Corey has some competition experience at the World Cup level and this would be a great opportunity to work hard at his five trick card and see what happens.
CHASE FINLEY – USA
This may be Chase Finley’s first Pro Flyboarding competition but this guy is not coming in under the radar at all. He flies a bunch of different boards and pulls serious tricks including doubles so we know this guy will make a big impression at this competition. Jordan Finley his brother flew in the 2013 Flyboard World Cup and also has serious game. Chase is definitely one of the new competitors I’m most excited about seeing fly in person.
LOGAN FOUST – USA
Logan has been photographed working with Hunter Verlander and all we can guess is here comes another young phenom ready to follow in the spray of Team Aquafly.
DANIEL GUERRA – Columbia
Great to see a new South American athlete able to participate in a Championship. Welcome!
ANDY HUCKLE – Canada
I know nothing of his flying but he shoots a sick photo. I guess Geoff or Ashton will have to point the camera back at you for a change?
IBRAHIM HUSSAIN – Maldives
The man with the incredible sunset photos might miss this comp due to visa issues. I’m not sure of his current status be certainly hoping he can compete.
BRANDON LANDIS – USA
Another new flyer out of Florida with some pics that show some pretty mean hose history.
ALEXANDER MARAVEGIAS – USA
Automatic first round bye for having the best hair at the event. Also a very good flyer with competitive experience.
WILLIAM MCELWEE – USA
Last seen dolphin diving into the chilly Lake Ontario during the 2014 North American Flyboard Championship we watched the ski drag off into the distance and we’re certain at some point in Louisiana he’ll just pop out of the water ready for his run.
JON MITCHEL – USA
Jon be aware that William Mcelwee may be underneath you when you head out for Qualifying.
MATT NEAL – USA
With great power comes great responsibility… to do cool sh&t with it! Have fun up there.
SPENCER O’BRIEN – USA
Moved south, started flying…. I’d say you’re two for two. Another SoFlo guy coming to make a name.
STEVE PALMA – France
Forgive me if I’m wrong with this guess but if I insert ‘Hoverboarder’ for Palma then I do know this captain of flight. Doubles are looking tight and he works with the best so it’s gonna rub off. If my guess is incorrect then welcome Steve Palma to H2RO and I look forward to seeing you fly.
SERGEY PHILLPPOV – Russia
Another opportunity to take a crack at that Top 32 bracket. Good luck Sergey.
MIKE PRINCE – Canada
Mike is a man in transition as he looks to further improve his flying and I would think there is some real training going on wherever he currently lays his head. Not sure the Maple Leafs jersey will make an appearance this far south.
FREDERICK SENN – USA
If I overdub me yelling Seeeeennnnnnn sational on your videos will you hate me? New flyer we’re excited to see.
FERNANDO SPINELLI – Argentina
Alright, Fernando made major strides at the last World Cup but I’m challenging him right now to bring it HUGE and bust into that Top 32! Let’s go Fernando…
PAUL STOPPELWERTH – USA
If you happen to see a number of extremely large NFL football players intimidating the judges before and during Paul’s Qualifying Run don’t be surprised if he moves on in convincing fashion. But seriously another flyer poised to help with a USA sweep.
MORTEZA TAGHDIRE – Iran
Another new name to add to our watch list. Seems to be lots of interest in our sport in Iran and we should see more competitors coming out of their country with each competition.
Sincerely from H2RO Magazine to all of the Pro, Ladies and Veteran competitors in this year’s North American Flyboard Championship, GOOD LUCK, fly safe and have an awesome time! If you see a colorful spray tee shirt similar to the one below walking around next week do say hi.