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Welcome to the Pro Flyboarder Profile page of Caleb Gavic. Caleb is currently our H2RO Hydroflight World ranked 5th Pro after his incredibly consistent performances in the last three major Pro Flyboarding competitions. He was part of the very strong US Team and is definitely a flyer that H2RO Magazine will be keeping our eyes on.
Check out an interview with Caleb and his video highlight reel from the World Cup.
Click over to Caleb’s Flyboard World Cup page for all of his runs in their entirety.
As we gear up for the North American Flyboard Championship in June one Pro Flyboarder that we hope to see there is Caleb Gavic.
We’re very glad he survived his day of winter flyboarding over ice and found some time to chat with us.
H2RO MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
H2RO: Caleb tell us a little bit about how you got started with flyboarding and how your sports background may have helped you achieve a 5th place result in the recent 2013 Flyboard World Cup?
All my life, I’ve always been natural at sports. Whether that be soccer, football, basketball, or volleyball, I enjoyed them all. I really believe that this has helped me to really be competitive and natural when it comes to flyboarding. Since I live up in the northern part of the country, we don’t really have a full year to be able to flyboard. We get maybe 3-4 months of flyboarding up here. Since we have such a short season, I believe that my athleticism really made up for me being able to stay closely competitive to those who have longer flyboarding seasons. I got my start in flyboarding when I first saw Franky Zapata’s original video. I even wanted to make my own. Soon enough I purchased my first Flyboard by myself. I even asked my dad to help me pay for it and he said how crazy I was. I had the first Flyboard in the Midwest. The first weekend we rode the Flyboard, we couldn’t stay off of it. So right away we became a dealer for Minnesota.
H2RO: 2014 is going to be a huge year for the sport of Flyboarding, what’s got you most excited and what can the world expect to see from you at the next World Championship?
Flyboarding shows will be the highlight of my summer this year. I’m hoping to do a few night shows for some of the local towns on lakes and restaurants. Last years Flyboard World Championship really opened my eyes. I was just a flyboarder who would go out and have fun putting on very small little shows while out on the lake. I never thought of practicing flyboarding for competitive reasons. This year I plan to practice and train very hard to hopefully bring some new things to the World Championship in 2014 and continue moving up the leaderboard.
H2RO: As you think back to Qatar and all the amazing flying that went on there were there any moves (both accidental or intentional) that caught your eye and may have inspired you to add them to your arsenal?
There were many amazing moves and tricks that were performed last year. I keep all of them in mind while also trying to think of some new ones of my own. All I can say without giving anything away is……combinations.
H2RO: Many people have seen flyboarding now but are not familiar with competitive flyboarding and all the technical details that go into a successful run. Even watching our FM World Cup videos people will be wowed by the flips and spins but not necessarily appreciate the hose and Jet Ski management and positioning required to deliver these tricks. Walk us through the various technical components that make up a competitive flyboard run and how, now that you’ve been through a World Cup, you’re training to improve in these areas?
Only the best Flyboarders know how important hose management is. Hose management is especially critical the more extreme and the higher you do the tricks. When you perform them lower to the water it’s not as important, but once you start doing tricks with more height, it’s not till then that you realize how important hose management is. Hose management and a clean run (never hitting the water) are in my opinion the two most important things to a near perfect run.
H2RO: Just to change things up a bit… do you happen to have any funny Flyboard related stories or moments you can share with us.
I don’t have any funny stories, but I will just comment on how amazing and fun the Flyboard Family Weekend was in Dallas last year. It was so wonderful meeting everyone and getting to know everyone around the country.
H2RO: You were duct taping your ankles in Qatar… have you always done that or was that something new. What does that extra stability provide you when you’re flying?
I did duct tape them in Qatar. I only did that because I was diving more than normal and my top Velcro strap kept coming loose. When that happened I lost my stability and the real control of my Flyboard.
H2RO: Last question Caleb, as with any young sport that is evolving rapidly, new flyers are joining the mix and everyone is excited about taking their flying to new places by the next World Cup, how do you stay ahead of the curve and maintain or improve upon your World Ranking in 2014?
Just go out and fly. You can’t be afraid to continue trying new things even if your scared or if the trick could be a little painful at first. Usually on the Flyboard, if you don’t commit to a trick and just do it, it will hurt even worse. Bottom line, like I said before, just go out and fly. Every time you go fly you continue to get better and get more stability. Without that stability, you won’t be able to excel in the Flyboarding world.
Caleb, thanks for taking the time to talk with H2RO Magazine and we’re fans… really hoping we see you fly at the North American Flyboard Championship June 20, 21 and 22 in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA.
Not all of us enjoy warm winters. Caleb Gavic finally said enough is enough and became the first Flyboarder in the world (that we know of) to fly over ice.