HYDROFLIGHT COMPETITION RESULTS
2014 X DUBAI FLYBOARD WORLD CUP – 4th Place
2013 FLYBOARD WORLD CUP – 7th Place
2012 FLYBOARD WORLD CUP – WORLD CHAMPION
2012 Flyboard World Cup Champion Stéphane Prayas has been at the forefront of the sport since it’s earliest days. His flying both at the 2014 X Dubai Flyboard World Cup and the 2013 Flyboard World Cup was intricate, precise and very entertaining to watch. He is a great competitor and ambassador for the sport of Flyboarding and more importantly is working to pass his knowledge on to a new generation of flyers through his Flyboard School. It was great to meet Stéphane in Qatar and I’m very excited that he had some time to give this exclusive interview to H2RO Magazine.
To check out all of Stéphane’s 2013 Flyboard World Cup Videos
visit his official World Cup Page.
H2RO MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
H2RO: What is your sports background and how did those skills translate to the Flyboard?
In the past I was freestyle Jet Ski pro rider for ten years, on the Corona Alstare Team. Three times I’ve won the French National Champion title, I’m a three time European Champion and two times placed second in the world. I’ve done a lot of Jet Ski shows in the world throughout my career. I’ve also competed in Motocross and ski for pleasure.
H2RO: We had a chance to speak during the 2013 World Cup and you shared your feelings about how you approach the sport and what you love about Flyboarding. I’d love to hear more about how you would like to see the sport progress and what you’ve enjoyed most about your personal Flyboard journey so far?
First, what I like about the Flyboard is it is a mixture of many extreme sports together and is available to all. It’s true! What is the Flyboard: a mixture of skydive, supercross, surfing, skating, gym etc …
What I feel when I fly is the most powerful sensation I’ve ever felt. 15 meters high, a back flip and 1 second after 3 meters under water, give me another sport in the world that gives us that?
But be careful, the fact of falling into the water must not make us forget that we must be in clean ride, otherwise our sport has no future … (H2RO: Agreed, our sport must continue to make flyer safety a priority so it can continue to grow and gain the mainstream’s respect.)
H2RO: As defending World Champion I know you were disappointed with your 2013 result (7th place) but I have to say your flying was incredibly dynamic, very technical and at speeds few other riders were coming close too. How would you critique your flying in the competition and is there any aspects of your riding that you want to work on over the next 12 months?
Yes it’s true I ‘m disappointed , I’ll explain from the inside how I have lived this quarter final .
I worked hard to prepare a final program with new figures. Since the beginning of the competition I had a lot of pressure with respect to the act of taking a penalty for ripped mirrors or return jet … so I did not take any risks.
When, during the quarter final Ben Merrell breaks the Jet Ski cover, I looked at my brother and I think he is disqualified. We were both surprised that he returns to the water, but hey, we thought he’s had 10 penalty points applied since that was the rule from the beginning of the competition.
I leave for my routine with one idea, not to take any risks, because I knew I would have to show all of my best tricks in the next battle against Suksan Tongthai of Thailand.
The judges decided not to apply any penalty points to the American and now also have not seen the most technical elements of my routine.
The result: I’m out of the competition without even doing a double back flip… very frustrating.
My strategy was wrong, because during the competition they changed their mode of trial …
This is the sport and I have to respect that even if I do not agree .
In the future I’ll keep my training technique and continue to share through my Flyboard School.
H2RO: Please tell me more about the Flyboard School you’ve started and what you thought of your student Oceane Corbet’s (18th Place) performance at the World Championship?
I have a Flyboard School near Lyon in France. I teach Flyboarding to those who want to learn this new sport.
I also oragnize a 3 day Training Course for riders or Flyboard enthusiasts (Anyone interested please connect with me on Facebook) The next course is in Portugal in February and another training course will take place in France in April.
About Oceane Corbet, I am very proud of her, especially since she began Flyboarding only 2 months before the World Cup.
(H2RO: Two months…holy sh$t)
Next year she will surely be a serious rider to beat.
H2RO: You are one of the pioneers of this sport and have witnessed first hand the incredible evolution that has already taken place. Where do you think our sport is headed in 2014?
Seriously, I really don’t know. The only thing i know is I wiil keep my cap in my ride and try to get my sport high… and bring whoever wants with me!
H2RO: Did you catch Franky’s Air Flyboard demonstration? Any plans to jump on and start flying over land?
Yes i saw it , that’s very cool … he’s really crazy that Franky.
No plan for me sorry.
H2RO: Finally, you are a Flyboard Teacher so perhaps you can share with our H2RO audience some important tips that will help them take their flying to new heights?
Whaooo… I do not know where to start, the subject is broad and so many things to say …
The best is to organize a Flyboard Training Magazine in my school …
(H2RO: Anything with the word’s ‘Flyboard’ and ‘Magazine’ together has to be good….wink.)
Stéphane thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us and I really hope I get another chance to see you fly in competition. You’re definitely one of my favourite riders and I wish you all the best with your school.