Patrick Esnard you officially win my ‘I wish I was you award’. Pro Flyboarder, lives in the Caribbean, flies in sick shows with the worlds top riders and occasionally swoops in to rescue beautiful women in distress. Well played.
Ladies and Gentlemen allow me to introduce the man who competed and finished 22nd in the World Cup. Patrick also flies for Flyboard Caribbean so if you’re looking to have fun in Paradise look them up.
Patrick, thanks for taking the time to talk with H2RO Magazine… 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 began wakeboarding at the age of 8 in Guadeloupe, later I transitioned into competitive Jet Ski racing. These two sports have conditioned my ability to Fly; Wakeboarding is very similar as far as the board, position of your feet, bindings and tricks. I learned how to 360, back flip, and Superman this way. Racing has given me the knowledge of the acceleration and control of the machine [Jet Ski] while I Fly. Perfect combination!
H2RO: What do you find most exciting about being at the forefront of a new extreme sport?
It is very exciting to be a part of something so uniquely new, especially in a world where it seems like everything has already been done. I love the feeling of liberty I have when I fly; the ability to dive in and out of the water the way marine life do is something the human race has never been able to experience before.
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? Do you train with other top riders?
When trying new tricks I use my wakeboarding experience & techniques and adapt them to Flyboarding. I am a rider, I don’t think about the process, I just do it!
I train with some of the best riders from around the world. Being the athletes that we are, there is a natural competitiveness that comes from training together. When I see another rider attempt a trick that was thought to be impossible I can gauge the difficulty of the trick and the technique(s) they use, which encourages me to attempt the trick myself.
H2RO: Do you have a signature trick that you invented or a trick that is your favorite?
My favorite trick I perform is a dolphin dive with a 720. I have my own personalized style of this move I have yet to name. When competing you get extra points for style (freestyle).
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?
I perform shows regularly through out the Caribbean, from Puerto Rico all the way to French Guiana. I am a showman just as much as I am a rider. I love performing for crowds and seeing the excitement on peoples’ faces. The great people of the Caribbean are so amazing in supporting and showing love for this sport!
Flyboard gains more exposure by the day, so I believe we will be seeing a lot more riders and new tricks in the next World Cup in November 2013.
(November 2013 you say… we look forward to an official announcement from Zapata Racing soon)
H2RO: We are all working to grow the sport and get more people into Flyboarding so let’s leave them with a riding tip for beginners. What is one piece of advice you have for beginner Flyboarders that will help them when they’re in the boots for the first time?
My advice to new riders is simple, straighten your legs to maintain balance (remember what ever direction the water is being projected you will go the opposite), do not be afraid, and most important just HAVE FUN!