James Bissett (aka Jimmy) has brought the sport of Flyboarding to Long Island, New York with his company FlyboardLI. He will also be competing in the first ever Flyboard® North American Championship in Toronto, Ontario CANADA June 20-22, 2014.
As you enjoy our coverage of the N.A Championship you’re going to want to shoot Jimmy a big thank you message because FlyboardLI is one of H2RO Magazine’s sponsors for the event!
We spoke with Jimmy recently to learn more about how he got into this crazy world of Flyboarding. Check it out.
H2RO MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
H2RO: Jimmy please tell us how you were introduced to Flyboarding, how long you’ve been flying and perhaps how your sports background has helped you adapt to this very unique equipment?
It was only about a year ago now that I was introduced to flyboarding. It was out in lake Havasu Arizona with “Frenchy” Nicholas Rius of
AZ Flyboard. From the first time up I knew I had to bring them back to New York. I have been wakeboarding, kiteboarding for many years now along with Skydiving giving me the balance to fly and the knowledge to understand how the FlyBoard works.
H2RO: What aspect of the sport would you say has been the most challenging to master so far?
It’s like any other sport you need to practice and the more time you do the better you get. Only being introduced to the sport less than a year ago I would have to say getting used to the speed you need to fly at to complete the tricks, then keeping in the back of your head the Jet Ski not flipping over on you.
H2RO: Since FM filmed and began sharing the 2013 World Championship competitors flyers have had a lot more footage to view and compare their flying too. Are there any Pro Flyboarders that have caught your attention and who’s flying you admire?
I’ve been watching a lot more and seeing what these guys have put down in their routines and everyone has a little different style but Stéphane Prayas has a real quick and unique style and also Damone Rippy has a different fun style. They both go real big.
H2RO: With flyboarding being so new who have you been leaning on as a resource for your business and you’re flying?
I started off and I’m still working with AZ Flyboard. He got me started with my products and is a great help and great friend. I started working with East Coast Flyboard recently, and they have been great helping me grow my business!
H2RO: Your company FlyboardLI is a FM North American Flyboard Championship sponsor this year (thank you very much for that) and you are competing in Toronto on June 20 – 22. Are you coming into the competition with routines worked out, going to completely freestyle or somewhere in between?
You’re very welcome. I am happy to support the Flyboard Family and help it grow any way possible. I am a little bit in between a routine and complete freestyle I have the tricks laid out that I am going to throw down but you never know what can happen!
H2RO: Everyone currently involved in the sport of Flyboarding is a pioneer and I’m interested to hear where you feel both the recreational side of flyboarding and the competitive side is going in the next few years?
Being in touch with Flyboarding for only the past year it has grown so much it’s crazy! Every day I see another company opening or someone else flying around! Next couple years its going to be huge in both aspects. People love something new and right now the limits are endless. Starting up FlyboardLI in Long Island NY people are really raging over it. Being in the north east we only get a few months out of the year to enjoy the waters and this is by far the best way! This summer is going to be awesome!
H2RO: Now as you probably know, many competitors at the 2013 Flyboard World Cup struggled with hose management and were DQ’d for flipping their Jet Ski. Are you going to be flying with or without the EMK and have you been or will you be working on delivering your tricks while maintaining total control of the Ski?
Yeah, I did have some problems with my ski flipping over with some spin moves I was doing but I think I have it down now. I will most likely be using the EMK do to the fact that it is hard to have your driver know exactly when and where you need that extra throttle. It’s part of the sport; you have to worry about your tricks but also the ski and that makes it that much more competitive!
H2RO: Will Toronto be your first opportunity to connect face to face with Flyboard Family members? What are you hoping to get out of the weekend while off the water?
This will be my first interaction with the Flyboard Family and I am so psyched to get to Toronto and speak with the rest of the pioneers of this sport, and of course the Zapata family for making this possible. I find with action sports that where ever you go around the world those of us involved, speak the same language and have that certain connection which really creates a bond between everyone. I am looking to make great friendships; personally and in business with everyone involved so that we can all work together and make this sport something great!
H2RO: Last question and most competitors refuse to answer this so I won’t take offense if you choose to pass but I’m curious if you have a signature trick or a favorite that we should look out for in Toronto?
I personally am very excited to see the unique variations and combos pros will be trying to pull and I’m wondering if there is something you might have up your sleeve?
(Blaine) my backflip-faceplant has been coming along nicely but other than that I leave the real flying to the competitors.
Of course I have a few things up my sleeve but this is going to be a competition and you know how it goes. But I am a fan of really different and unique tricks and with this sport you can really show your personality!
Thanks for taking the time for this interview Jimmy and for your great support of the magazine. We’re going to have a great time in Toronto!