Flyboard Official Show 2014 – H2RO talks to Stéphane Denis
The TD Bank commercial running here in Canada which features Pro Flyboarders Cooper Riggs from Atlantic Flyboard and Fred Lebaz from Miami Flyboard 305 came on our TV tonight. My 22 month old son started pointing and saying ‘ Me, Me, Me ‘ while my 4 year old said ‘I want to do Flyboarding’. My wife smiled and shot me a look and I just remembered back to when I launched this magazine and nobody I spoke with had a clue what a Flyboard was. The world has begun to embrace us and the demand for all things Flyboard and Hoverboard is growing by the day.
Knowing that, it seemed like a good time to have a quick chat with Stéphane Denis. Stéphane is the Show Manager for the Official Flyboard Show by Zapata Racing which has seen their gigs and their productions grow incredibly over this last year.
H2RO EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
H2RO) How big is the current Flyboard Show Team and can you please share with us how many shows you have booked over the next six months or so and what other big events you’ll be flying at?
We did more than 30 shows the last 6 months. The agents working for me everywhere in the world are very happy about the team, and they are booking us for more and more. It’s an amazing adventure to perform with our team, they are all really great guys, professionals…. and crazy!
For the next months, really big shows are coming, in Africa, China… sometimes with 10 or 15 riders at the same time. Big events, but we are keeping it secret for the moment!
H2RO) Stéphane, are most of the shows all your production or are the majority of the gigs you guys flying as part of an established event like the recent one in Ibiza?
Most of the time, event companies call us, to be part of a show or to create the whole show. I really like to create, collaborate with others artists, friends of mine. Each gig is so different. Our team is very efficient! For Avicii in Ibiza, my contact was a friend of mine, working as the show agent.
H2RO) It seems to me that the demand for shows is growing very fast and so I’d like to know what your plans are with regards to satisfying these demands and perhaps growing your Flyboard Show team to cover all of these potential shows?
You are right, demands are growing incredibly fast. Artistic Agents and event companies like to work with us, they appreciate having the official ZR team. We always propose new equipment, the best riders, very good technicians. We are in contact now for massive events, and have a special event insurance which enables us to work everywhere in the world.
We’ve also started to change many things in our company, new partners, new costumes, news options (fire, laser…)… and Tania from England, now working with us as a project manager.
H2RO) Finally, are there any plans specifically focused on growing the number of shows in the United States? With potentially having the 2014 Flyboard World Cup in the US this year (World Championship is in Dubai in 2014)
I am curious whether the Flyboard Show might be used to generate some hype for it?
We are doimng more shows in USA, we already have a really good team, and it will grow again. We spoke with really good riders at the Flyboard Family weekend in Arkansas, the team is going to be awesome. (H2RO: Note that Gretchen Vance was named the US Show Coordinator just after this interview)
It could be nice to have the World Cup in US, this country is great for Flyboarding, a lot of good riders, good distributors always having clever ideas. The only bad point for me, is people fighting for money and ego. Everyone can enjoy working with Flyboard, but sometimes some people don’t understand and prefer to criticize rather than going ahead!
If the World Cup does happen in USA, it would be great to make a big show with Franky flying with other riders, LED suits, fire, video, artists on the shore, Hoverboards …. BIGGEST show ever! and H2RO for interviews and pictures!!! 😉
Let’s ride the world!!!!
Stéphane, thanks for finding time between flights to chat with H2RO and we certainly look forward to covering your shows in the future and seeing what you’ve got in store for us at the X Dubai Flyboard World Cup. H2RO will certainly get behind everything that gives our athletes more opportunities to fly, perform, compete and hone their skills so we have more top riders flying at their very best around the world.
Dubai is only weeks away… see you soon.