Hydroflight Athlete – Trey Andrews
Hydroflight Competition Results
2013 Flyboard World Cup – 10th
2012 Flyboard World Cup – 3rd
I suppose it’s fair to say that with a 3rd place finish in the World Cup Trey Andrews is the top Flyboarder in the United States. It’s also fair to say that Flyboarders all across the US and the world are progressing so fast that no one really knows who sits where in the rankings until the next competition. In this interview Trey shares some great insights on how he achieved a top 3 finish, how best to work on new tricks and much more.
Shout out to Francois Rigaud Photography for the awesome photos!
H2RO Magazine Exclusive Interview
H2RO: What is your sports background and how did those skills translate to the Flyboard?
In college I was a competitive runner, not too sure how that translated but I would guess it gave me good overall strength and endurance.
H2RO: What do you find most exciting about being at the forefront of a new extreme sport?
Everyday there is something new. New tricks, ways to help install faster or easier, different areas to explore.
H2RO: What is your process for pushing the equipments limits and inventing new tricks? Do you have the ability to gauge the progression of other top riders as they work around the world?
When I am trying a new trick I like to use less power, if you can complete a trick with lower power then all you have to do is increase the power slowly until you can do it at full power. As far as gauging others it can be difficult since usually all you see are edited videos but there are things you look for, control of the jet ski, height, and speed.
H2RO: Do you have a signature trick that you invented or a trick that is your favorite?
I would like to think that I took riding backwards to a new level, which seems silly but it actually requires an extreme amount of control. To my recollection I was the only one to “chase the jet ski in reverse”at the world championship last year. I also tried a front flip at the WC which turned out to be a bad decision, there is a clip of it on one of the WC videos on YouTube. (Have not seen that clip yet but we’ll just wait and post the videos of your successful front flips!)
H2RO: As a professional what events, competitions do you have on the horizon?
I have performed at a couple professional wakeboard events. I am part of the Flyboard Show Team and I plan to compete at the next world championship.
H2RO: How do you see the sport of flyboarding progressing in the US?
I think it is gaining momentum. With more and more rental operations opening up and more people trying flyboarding, it is only a matter of time before you will see a flyboard on every body of water.
H2RO: Can you share with us what the atmosphere was like at the first ever World Cup and as a competitor what you left feeling regarding the future of the sport?
I have been at a bunch of large events with my running, but this was different. Everyone was excited and with all the language differences we were all there to have fun and see what people could do. It was a great time and a friendly environment and I can’t wait for the next one.
Thanks for this Trey. We can’t wait to see you rip it up at the next World Cup!