Welcome to the H2RO home for Team Canfly. These Canadian Flybrothers are once again looking foward to competing in the 2015 X Dubai Flyboard World Cup. The training has begun and now they seem fully determined to find the road to Dubai… literally… where is the damn road?
Enjoy Team CanFly’s 2015 Video Journal and follow #roadtodubai:
Finding the #roadtodubai – follow along as I get ready to embark on my journey with western half (Mike Prince – Pro Flyboarder, Adrian Boucher – Pro Flyboarder, Andrew Salvador) and meet up with our eastern counterparts of Team Canfly (Geoff Hulet, Ashton Beukers, and Andy Huckle), to hunt for warmer climates and some funding along the way! #canfly2dubai #flyboard #zapataracing #xdubai
Posted by Brody Wells – Pro Flyboarder on Wednesday, September 2, 2015
On day 14 of the pursuit of the #roadtodubai we’re getting close! @teamcanfly will be findig their way and taking the trek from Ontario, BC, and Alberta, joining forces and making their way to The #xdubai World Cup of #flyboarding. Like our page and follow along with Team Canfly every step of the way! #teamcanfly #roadtodubai #canflytodubai #belugadumptruckspartdeux #zapataracing
Posted by Brody Wells – Pro Flyboarder on Friday, September 4, 2015
TEAM CANFLY AT THE 2015 XDUBAI FLYBOARD WORLD CUP
The Journal entry your about to read was a joint writing effort by each of the CanFly members. It was shared with H2RO just prior to the World Cup and since it’s creation these athletes have returned from a very successful showing at the X Dubai Flyboard World Cup. As you’ll read they made major sacrifices, pursued their dreams and bonded as brothers.
We are the Canadian Flybrothers, Canfly for short. We are a team of Professional Flyboarders from Sylvan Lake, Alberta Canada. We formed as a team as our short season came to a close, and the X Dubai Flyboard World Cup grew closer. We were left with the decision to just call it quits for the season and go back to work and to school or to chase after our dream and compete in the 2014 Flyboard World Championship. After a couple meetings between Alberta Flyboard members we decided that the three of us, us being Brody Wells, Adrian Boucher, and Chad Bell, would leave Canada, drop work and school and head south for a longer training season in preparation for the World Cup. At this point we had no name or identity, so as we packed our houses up, moved out and into the truck, we now called home we hit the road and that’s when the Flybrothers were born. All of the hard times we went through to get to this point have really bonded us as brothers. This is where the Canadian Flybrothers name came from, and the name Canfly for short has been our slogan and the name most people recognize us by.
After our 40 hours and 3800 miles of straight driving from Canada we finally made it to Beaver Lake Arkansas, where the second annual Flyboard Family Weekend was being held. The team finally got to get out of the truck (aka the house) and set up our tent where we stayed for five days during the event. The same night we arrived in Rogers Arkansas we had to jump right back into the truck and drive out to Little Rock, yet another three hours one way to pick up our ski. This particular ski had suspension, which is not ideal for Flyboarding as the open hull fills up with water, doesn’t drain and gets super heavy. By the end of the weekend the team had become so fed up with draining the ski constantly we simply started using the man running the throttle as a counter-weight to offset the listing of the Seadoo. It was a crazy week! We camped with Geovanny Alfonso who kept getting attacked by skunks (stinks) as he would call them. Adrian chased one with his $8 machete only to have it turn and charge at him. Chad pulled some skateboarding shenanigans in Wal-Mart, and we survived a crazy night when roughly sixteen of us piled into a truck and ended up at a waffle house very early in the morning.
After packing everything up once again we drove north back to Kansas City to drop off the suspension ski, turned around and came back south to warmer weather in Texas. It was just before five a.m. after driving through the night when Adrian decided to do some hunting on Craigslist for a new machine and as it turned out a twenty-ten RXT-X 260 was not too far out of our way. By that same afternoon the team proudly owned a very clean, fire-breathing, water-pumping monster. In our opinion it’s the best ski on the market for our needs and the perfect combination of size and weight. Just a touch bigger and heavier than the RXP-X making it more stable in the water but not so heavy that the flyers ability to tow it around is affected.
Not even 2 hours into flying on the new machine something lets go. Disappointed we began taking things apart, starting at the back, which seems to be where the ugly noise was coming from. We pull off the jet pump housing, it comes free but the impeller is still attached to the driveshaft. Turns out a manufacturing defect with the impeller shaft inside the jet pump housing in combination with the added torque from our beloved dual impellers simply sheared the threaded portion of the shaft clean off.
With heavy hearts but peace of mind our pump housing gets a full rebuild with brand new bearings, gaskets, everything. Excited to have our problems behind us we button everything up the next morning and hook up the board. Start up the ski, it’s idling like it should, little shaky but everything sounds and seems normal, I get on the throttle to get Brody in the air but something’s not right. There was a new whirring sound, one that shouldn’t be there and loud enough for us to worry. We pulled the oil filter out to find shards and shavings of metal caught in it. Long story short the ski goes in, the motor is pulled and torn down to find a thrust bearing is the culprit. Bottom line? The whole bottom end of the motor is shot. The cause? A simple rubber liner on our driveshaft didn’t allow the new, longer dual impeller to seat properly and in turn pushed the driveshaft into the motor, for those who don’t know the driveshaft is actually directly attached to the crankshaft (what the pistons are attached to via their connecting rods) as you can imagine pushing something the wrong way in an environment where clearances from one moving part to the next are measured in thousandths of inches has catastrophic effects.
A week goes by before our replacement long block (complete bottom end) arrives in Dallas. It’s a Tuesday night but is scheduled to sit there for two more days before arriving at the shop sometime Friday. The problem is our mechanic, Murf, won’t have enough time to put the motor in before the weekend. Since we are just sitting around, literally with nothing better to do, we take off to intercept our parts and bring them into the shop two days ahead of time. Overtired and underpaid we arrived back at the shop at 4:30 A.M. after what turned into an eleven hour round trip with only seven of those hours being actual driving we decided to sleep next to our motor outside the shop until 7am when the first of the crew showed up for work. All of that time and energy just to have the “new” motor fail in an even more spectacular fashion while being water tested before we even had it back in our hands. This failure however shredded the motor in its entirety, leaving us with virtually no parts worth salvaging. But the shop won the battle with BRP in the end and our machine received a completely brand new motor.
Some would call it quits then and there after two skis, two blown motors, and weeks of downtime, all on top of massive repair bills but not the Canadian Flybrothers. We’d come too far to back out now and besides we’d grown accustomed to the Texas weather and weren’t quite ready to go home and pull out the snow shovels.
2014 X DUBAI FLYBOARD WORLD CUP results
- Brody Wells – 10th
- Adrian Boucher – 11th
- Chad Bell – 17th
The training and hard work certainly paid off as Team CanFly delivered in Dubai putting on a tremendous show and proving they have what it takes to fly with the best Hydroflight athletes in the world. – Blaine
SHOUT OUTS! Since our trip began, we’ve been lucky enough to be supported by friends, family, sponsors, and fellow riders. We would not have achieved our World Cup results if it wasn’t for “Y’all”. Can you tell we’ve been in Texas.
From all of us on Team CanFly we greatly appreciate everything you have all done for us!
Big Thanks to:
- Bobby and Gretchen Vance for everything! From letting us use your equipment when ours was down, to having us over for dinner and football games, and just overall being so generous and supportive to help us on our way!
- To Nick and Jaleen Rippy for everything they have done for us from giving us a place to stay to feeding us and keeping us entertained.
- To Jeannie and Joe Orel for having us over for so many amazing home cooked meals!
- Everyone on Team Aquafly for helping us along with our training and pushing us to be our best.
To our Sponors:
- Northray equipment services ltd
- Bell Cord Contracting ( for your generous donations and contributions)
- To our Ronix Rep Ryan for everything he has done to get us our boots and keep us flying
- To everyone at Highland Lakes Marine for everything they have done for us regarding our ski and getting us back flying as cheap and as fast as possible.
- Thank you to Martin Motor Sports and Alberta Flyboard for the use of equipment this season.
- DRG Design Solutions for our website www.canadianflybrothers.com and other technical support.
- Ocean sports for all the gear.
H2RO seconds Team CanFly’s thank you’s as the support and generosity showed to these athletes helped produce a better World Championship event. The Canadian Flybrothers did Canada and their supporters proud competing in what has become the hottest and fastest growing sport on the planet. Up next… the 2015 Flyboard North American Championship. See you soon!