FLYBOARD VERSUS HOVERBOARD
Damone Rippy talks about Zapata Racing’s Flyboard® and Hoverboard by ZR®
H2RO Magazine Exclusive Interview
H2RO) This might be an unfair question to start with but I’m curious which ride the Flyboard or the Hoverboard felt more natural and comfortable during your first flight? (It’s unfair in that your Flyboarding would have prepared you for some of the sensations of the Hoverboard but lets just look at stance, movement, balance… etc)
Honesty both the Flyboard and Hoverboard felt very natural to me. That being said, I would say that the Hoverboard was more natural because I am a snowboarder and flying on the Hoverboard feels very similar to snowboarding on water. Yes, Flyboarding did help me with the balance on the Hoverboard but then again the Hoverboard itself has a whole new balance and learning curve.
H2RO) Now that you’ve flown quite a bit on both products what is the difference regarding the demands each device puts on your body when executing high level tricks?
The demand that is put on your body on the Flyboard would be more along the lines of your calves being sore and some non-pros I’ve trained have said it works out your ankles too. The Hoverboard is a workout on your hips, legs, calves, and ankles because of the weird way that you bend when you do the spins on the board.
H2RO) Flyboard VS Hoverboard Backflip: Describe learning the backflip on each device, what is similar, what is different and do you have a favorite for this trick?
Flyboard vs. Hoverboard backflip: The Flyboard backflip is very simple and is easy to teach someone with experience. But the Hoverboard backflip is actually quite difficult I must say. You must keep your feet in the straps, know how to land the board back on the water without bailing off and losing the board, and you have to know how to stabilize yourself in a matter of seconds in any position that you are in. The way you react can make the difference from landing a gnarly trick, to making it look like you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.
H2RO) Flyboard VS Hoverboard Spins: Describe the differences when executing these multiple spin tricks? Which device has greater potential for faster rotations and ultimately more spins?
The Flyboard spins are one of the hardest to learn and teach people because everyone does the spin differently and you have to adjust according to the person in order to know what to tell him/her and what they need to do so that they can complete the spin. On the Hoverboard it is very easy to teach someone how to do it and how they are supposed to put a certain amount of pressure on their feet just by how they ride the board.
H2RO) Flyboard VS Hoverboard slalom: On both products you can carve really aggressively and I’m curious what the differences are when slaloming and which device is more difficult for this move?
The Hoverboard is harder to carve on, especially if you haven’t ever snowboarded. But, the more power that is being pushed through, the better and more aggressive your carves will be.
H2RO) Damone in your opinion which product has more potential for trick variations and why?
In my opinion, the Flyboard is able to pull off more trick variations just because of the design and how it works. That being said, the Hoverboard is brand new and not all has been discovered on what to do on the board…. only time will tell.
H2RO) Flyboard VS Hoverboard: Overall how would you compare the two products and what do you love most when out on each of them?
Let’s look at how each product is used. The Flyboard is used to propel you upwards and you soar above the water diving in and out and doing flips and spins. The Hoverboard is used to soar across the water and glide along side things while being able to elevate to a maximum height and do barrel rolls, spins and carve… hardcore!
H2RO) H2RO was watching a video in which Ben Merrell executed are really slow, controlled 1080 spin which we dubbed the ‘Sight-Seeing 1080’ have you experimented with slow spins on the Hoverboard and how long can you hold that high vertical position and spin?
With doing the slow spins, You must take your time and make sure that the board is in a perfect upright position in order to keep it from not hitting the water while you are trying to do your spins. In order to do the fast quick spins, you must kick down on your back leg, pick up your front leg, get as vertical as you can without tilting the board backwards, and then you must just spin as fast as you possibly can.
H2RO) To close would you be willing to share with us what big tricks your chasing down right on both the Flyboard and Hoverboard? We just saw the Double to 720 spin which was ridiculous…. what else ya got?
Since our chat H2RO and the rest of the world have had the pleasure of witnessing the talented Mr. Rippy’s Triple Backflip on the Flyboard and his 1800 spin on the Hoverboard. Also we know of even more ridiculous Flyboard trick combos being landed by Damone but we’re not giving up his secrets either!
H2RO) Finally, if you had to choose your favorite experience out on the water to date would you be on a Flyboard or Hoverboard?
If I were to choose a favorite time on the water to date, it would be on the Flyboard!!
Zapata Racing is amazing and I thank Franky Zapata for everything he has done. Without him, we would not have the sport that we all love today. Day in and day out, Mr. Zapata is working to try and please everyone and make sure that his product is pitch perfect. Thank you Franky and Krystel Zapata. Thank you Zapata Racing!
Damone thanks so much for sharing your unique insights into both the Flyboard and Hoverboard by ZR. You are in a very unique position and taking full advantage of it. Your passion and hard work is driving both sports forward around the world as riders strive to keep up with you. Looking forward to seeing you in Dubai.
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