HYDROFLIGHT COMPETITION RESULTS
BATTLE ON THE ROCK – Champion
2014 X DUBAI FLYBOARD WORLD CUP – 3rd Place
2014 FLYBOARD NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP – 12th Place
2013 FLYBOARD WORLD CUP – 11th Place
6’2 of smooth, that’s Hydroflight athlete Jake Orel every time he boots up. ‘JSmooth’ has been a competitive Hydroflight athlete since the age of 15 when he traveled to Qatar and competed in the 2013 Flyboard World Cup. As part of the most influential Hydroflight team in the world Aquafly, Orel’s flying has been often imitated but never duplicated. In 2017 he secured his first Championship win taking home first place at the Battle On The Rock competition in Bermuda.
Jake Orel also continues to work as a professional Hydroflight athlete flying for the second straight year as part of the entertainment at Sea World in San Diego. That time on the board keeps him sharp as he sets his sights on the Poseidon Games Hydroflight World Tour in 2018.
- Red Bull Air Race in San Diego – Hydroflight Show
- Hydroflight Performer as part of shows at Sea World San Diego
- Featured Presenter at Ted Talks
- Featured Role on In The Making with Doc North
- Featured performer in a documentary on The Discovery Channel
- Role in Ax Men with Shelby Stanga which aired on The History Channel
- Numerous Local and National Television appearances and interviews.
Watch Jake Orel’s highlight video from his win at Battle On The Rock 2017
Have a look at Jake Orel versus Damone Rippy… do you agree with the judges?
Recently we spoke with Jake Orel and H2RO finally got our long overdue interview with one of the world’s top Pro Flyboarders.
H2RO MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
H2RO) Jake, I think the H2RO audience knows a bit about you but why don’t you tell us a bit about how you got into the sport of Flyboarding and how long you’ve been at it?
I got into the Flyboard the first time I saw it on YouTube after my friend Riley Dennison’s Dad sent my Dad the original Flyboard Family video. My Dad and I being the adrenaline junkies we are just had to go try this, we looked it up and found out a training facility named “Aquafly Austin” was like 15 min away from our house so he and I were there as soon as possible. I got the swing of it on my first try to be honest and I ended up getting a job there as a dock hand and worked my way up! Now I’ve been flying for sixteen and a half months and still love it as if it’s my first time.
H2RO) What is it about Flyboarding that you love most when you’re out on the water?
This is a tough question haha… I guess I would have to say just the feeling of absolute freedom. When I strap on those boots a rush of happiness excitement and adrenaline just shoots through my body and my feet don’t touch the ground until I take off the boots.
H2RO) Now, I’ve sort of dubbed you ‘JSmooth’ because you have a great flow with your flying… how would you describe your flying style and how has it evolved over the last year?
I’m gonna start of by saying thank you for the coolest name ever haha!! But I would have to say I work very hard to be as technically perfect as possible. I try to make sure I make visually stunning combos that take up the most area as possible. I think that I lacked combos and area coverage in Toronto but I think my flying style has evolved to be faster and bigger than it was in the past year.
H2RO) Talk to us a bit about Team Aquafly and your recent workouts with newest member Hunter Verlander?
I feel very privileged to be on Team Aquafly. They take very good care of their members and we all push each other to the edges of what’s possible. We are very hard on each other but very supportive at the same time. Hunter Verlander is a ballsy kid haha. He has a desire to be the best so he challenges the best repeatedly in things like games of “B.O.A.R.D” with high risk bets. But I think as long as he works hard and keeps the passion he has he will make it very far.
H2RO) You and Damone Rippy work and fly together, he has recently landed the triple backflip and that’s awesome but I’m curious which trick or unique aspect of your flying you’d like to take to the next level?
First, I need to acknowledge that Damone is doing very well right now. But ever since I got my double down my confidence has boosted 10 fold and I’ve been pushing myself with bigger bolder tricks. Things like combos that you haven’t seen from anybody and just constant full throttle flight. I’m trying to take my speed and agility to the next level and I think that is what I will continue to work on.
H2RO) Jake, you’ve had a chance to fly as part of the official Zapata Racing Flyboard Show and I’d love to hear about those experiences and any cool stories that may have come out of those shows?
I feel honored that I get to be a part of the show team. Whenever we are on a show it is very hard work but it is some of the most fun I’ve had flying since I started. When I had the show for Camp Modin in Maine it was the first time I had flown at night and in a light suit and it was incredible. Where we were wasn’t around any cities so you could see every star in the sky and it was just pitch black so the light suits were insanely bright. When we stood up and you could hear the screams of the crowd it almost brought me to tears, I was so happy to be there and I look forward to doing more shows.
H2RO) So you been landing some really beautiful double backflips and I’d like to know what your progression was like getting to that trick and how confident are you getting with it? Will we see a double from you in Dubai?
I’d like to start by thanking you for the compliment haha, the double backflip used to be my absolute worst nemesis haha. I hated that trick. I would get so close that I could feel myself landing them, I would land one here and one there every now and again but I just couldn’t get it down. And the funniest part was the day I started landing them I looked at Damone and said “Dude I really don’t feel like throwing doubles today” so I got up on the board did my warm up and looked down and told myself “Fine one, if I land it I’ll keep doing them, if I don’t I’m done with them for the day.” I threw it and landed it and I was like in shock. I couldn’t believe what just happened and I spent the rest of the day doing them. Now they’re like normal backflips to me so I can guarantee you’ll see one in Dubai.
H2RO) As you continue to get more press attention share with us what your friends think of all this Flyboard craziness?
Honestly, I wouldn’t say I get too much press attention just yet but my friends love it, they think it’s awesome. I try and fly them as much as I can because I want them to experience the same feeling I do and to try and help them realize why I recently started homeschooling so I can do it more. But I need to say thank you to my girlfriend for all the support she gives me. Because of my traveling we don’t see each other a lot but she’s stuck with me despite everything and I greatly appreciate it.
H2RO) Jake, have you been out on the Hoverboard much and if yes what do you think of it? Are you as stoked to take your Hoverboarding as far as your Flyboarding has come?
I have ridden the Hoverboard a few times and I think it’s freakin awesome haha. But honestly I don’t see myself taking it as far as I have with the Flyboard. I just like hopping on it and cruising around.
H2RO) Last question for you my man and then we can head out and high-five strangers in the street 🙂 What is it going to take to see Jake Orel in the top five in Dubai? You’ve had some really great runs at the last two competitions so it’s definitely achievable.
I think to see me in the top 5 in Dubai I’m gonna have to work really hard in the last two months before the competition and just try to remember to have fun with it. I tend to get a little tense in competition but I know I fly best when I’m just having fun so I think as long as I relax and enjoy myself I’ll get there. I appreciate you taking the time out of your extremely busy schedule to interview me and want to say you’re doing an awesome job with H2RO Magazine. I look forward to seeing you in Dubai bro!!
Thanks for the love Jake and definitely looking forward to seeing you fly and talking more in Dubai. Take the pressure off and let it be fun and I’m sure you’ll fly your best and that’s all anyone can do… let’s see what happens!
Look back on the awesome action captured on our H2RO 2014 X Dubai Flyboard World Cup event page
Below is my first interview with Jake in Doha, Qatar during the 2013 Flyboard World Cup.