It’s hard for me to believe that H2RO Magazine is only 9 months old. It has been filled with interesting stories, people and Flyboarding firsts. The early adopters of our sport continue to do everything they can to expose people to it’s beauty and inspire people to take their first flight. Some have done some pretty crazy Flyboard demonstrations and that’s exactly what has inspired this article. I’ve gathered up some of the more entertaining moments in our sports short history and have shared them here in no particular order.
The guys in Alberta Flyboard, led by Brody Wells, have said yes to some pretty interesting Flyboard® demonstration opportunities. The first time I saw someone flying for a crowd in a tiny little man-made pool (25ft x 25ft x 5ft deep) was Brody Wells on the Flyboard and Peter Hendra on the Ski. There was very little room to fly and no margin for error. This was part of the Big Boys Toys Event in Auckland, NZ and the official product release for Flyboard X. Also participating in the event were Dale Jeffery, Aaron Ridgeway and Jamie Anderson.
Back on Canadian soil the Alberta Flyboard team has put on two incredible shows worth mentioning. One at the Ultimate Man Show in Lloydminster, AB flying in a 40ft diameter round holding tank that was less than 4ft deep. Living dangerously were Brody, Adrian Boucher and Rodney Biggar. Then recently they stole the show at a sold out Eric Prydz concert in one of the largest malls in the world, the West Edmonton Mall. They flew in the huge wave pool, rocking the LED suits and turning lots of people onto the sport.
Brody mentioned one final show that was pretty unique and that was a Flyboard® demonstration in the pool at the SeaBreeze Hotel just outside Baku, Azerbaijan with Lindsay McQueen and John Albinsson at the direction of Stephane Denis of the Flyboard® Show Team.
FLYBOARDING OVER ICE – CALEB GAVIC
Flyboarding is a sport embraced in the cold weather climates as well and most need to flee south to get their fix as they await spring but not Minnesota’s Caleb Gavic. He decided to participate in a record breaking event where they cut a rectangle out of the ice and Caleb flew over the ice and freezing water for the first time in the sports history.
Any water, any time – Franky Zapata
It should come as no surprise that the Father of Flyboard® Franky Zapata has flown his invention in every conceivable body of water and for every audience imaginable. From his superman outfit in the pool at Nikki Beach to a television studio tank with Tom Cruise front row center, Franky has been blowing people away with his skill and control. He recently pushed himself to the the limit on the television show France Has Incredible Talent. Flyboarding in a pool for the early rounds and then in the finale introducing the world to the Air Flyboard®.
Franky was also blown away during the North American Flyboard Family Weekend in Texas where 40+ Flyboarders hit the water at the same time setting a world record.
Korea World’s Fair Expo 2012 – Damian Mothersbaugh
Damian Mothersbaugh is a guy willing to jump right into new things and with only three days of Flyboard® training in Florida with Franky he headed to South Korea to fly in front of 117,000 people for the opening ceremonies. By the time Damian had finished his 93 day continuous stint of performances the count was over 8 million attendees.
Tides – Alex Barreira
Alex Flyboard Québec Barreira and his team were in Digby, Nova Scotia where they have the biggest low tide / high tide difference in the world. During the site visit the tour guide told Alex’s team here is were you will be doing your demo …. in the mud and rocks ???? 4 hours later in that same spot there was 25 feet of water.
Music, Beautiful People and Flyboarding
If people are going to party anywhere near water then why not take advantage of that audience and put on a show. Flyboarding is such a unique and exciting thing to see up close that many party promoters are catching on to its entertainment value. I’ve seen videos from a huge indoor pool party called ‘Royal Splash‘, also flyboarding for royalty with fireworks going off and even flying in a canal during Gay Pride celebrations. Those shows were in front of 1.7 million people in the crowd and enjoyed over 3 million views on tv and YouTube.
William Ayers shared another flyboarding experience and this one involves dealing with severe weather. While preparing for his first time flying at night for The White Party on the nautical mile in Lake St. Claire MI. William and the crowds noticed a storm on the horizon. The clouds were full of lightning and heading towards them fast. William made the call to fly at 11:30pm instead of 12:30am because there was no way he was flying in a lightning storm. (I’d say good call on that one William)
Motocross Fans and Jacob Burns
You’ll likely be hearing a lot about Jacob Burns. This young flyboarder took on the crazies at the Baja Brawl, a motocross event put on by Monster, Pro Circuit and Racer X Magazine. It was a very small man made pond, Young Jake showed all the motocross racers what our new sport is about. Apparently they got more questions about how to purchase a Flyboard® that night, than any other. An epic party and this year they go armed with boards to sell!
12 year old Logan Foust – Gettin’ some press
The demos don’t have to all be epic to still be important in generating awareness about our sport and inspiring people to take flight. At age twelve Logan Foust started flyboarding. He wakeboards and Craig, his dad, said the Flyboard® came very naturally to him. His flights quickly garnered local media attention and he found himself soaring across their local Sunday paper. Keep it up Logan and we’ll see you at the World Cup soon.
There are likely hundreds of great stories out there and I encourage you to please continue to share them with FM via our Facebook page, Tweet us, or share a tale or two in the comments.
FLYBOARD MALTA – LED SUITS IN A POOL
Simon and Joanne Desira of Flyboard Malta recently put on a great show in possible the tiniest pool ever used. The small size and irregular shape were dealt with beautifully and Simon said the crowd really loved the show.