H2RO is stoked to introduce you to Pro Flyboarder John Albinsson. John competed and finished 12th in the first ever Flyboard World Cup. He, Oscar Schonberg and Petter Berglund have put Swedish Flyboarders on the map so let’s get to it…
H2RO MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
H2RO: What is your sports background and how did those skills translate to the Flyboard?
I have always been into anything with a motor, dirt bikes, motorbikes, personal water crafts, snowmobiles etc.
H2RO: Which athlete (any sport) has motivated you the most in your life?
Not one in particular but just putting so much effort in one thing is admirable.
H2RO: What do you find most exciting about being at the forefront of a new extreme sport?
It is fantastic to be able to see how a brand new sport evolves and to be able to be a part of this is simply amazing. I plan to enjoy every second of it to the fullest. This truly is a sport that anyone that sets their mind to it can do.
H2RO: What is your process for pushing the equipments limits and inventing new tricks? Do you have the ability to gauge the progression of other top riders as they work around the world?
Being a member of the Flyboard Show team I will get to meet many of them and join them in shows all over the world. I am pretty sure though that everyone’s best tricks will be kept a secret until the 2013 World Cup – November, 7,8 & 9.
H2RO: Do you have a signature trick that you invented or a trick that is your favourite?
The Swedish Meatball was invented by myself and Petter Berglund just before World Cup 2012. How much this is rated as a trick can be discussed…lol.
H2RO: Franky continues to push the limits of his invention but which other riders do you have your eyes on these days?
Always good to have an eye on the new tricks that come along frequently. This next World Championship will be very interesting to see how much has changed with the tricks since last time. I have my eyes on all riders, every day through the internet.
H2RO: As a professional what events, competitions do you have on the horizon? How far do you think the world of flyboarding will have progressed by the next World Cup?
As a memeber of the Zapata Show I go where the team takes me. The next WC will for sure look completely different, there are so many more Flyboarders in the world with various backgrounds bringing new dimensions to the tricks.
H2RO: Can you share with us what the atmosphere was like at the first ever World Cup and as a competitor what you left feeling regarding the future of the sport?
Atmosphere was the feeling of being one of the pioneers of something on the verge of becoming something big in extreme sports. It was new to everyone.
H2RO: What advice would you give to new riders that are trying to get their skills to the next level?
Take small steps, always use a helmet and have a co-pilot with you. Practice, practice, practice and have fun doing it.
Great advice. Thanks very much John for chatting with FM and maybe we’ll get you to do a tutorial video to teach us all how to do the Swedish Meatball!
John flies for Flyboard Scandinavia check them out!