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FLYBOARD TIPs & HINTS

We hope our Flyboard Tips & Hints helps improve your flying and provides Flyboarders an opportunity to share and discuss tricks, techniques and challenges that each of us face as we attempt to take our flying to new heights.
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Each month we will be adding a new tip to this page. These tips come to us from two of Rocky Mountain Flyboard’s Pro Flyboarders Jordan Wayment and Chase Shaw. Check them out as I’m sure you’ll be hearing their names at the next World Cup and beyond. Remember that this tips page really becomes a great resource when YOU get involved:

  • Do you fly? Do you have a tip that would help the rest of us out? It would be cool if you would hook us up with those too!

360 SPINS

Jordan Wayment – Rocky Mountain Flyboard
(Franky Zapata video courtesy of KronotekTV. Last clip is some of Jordan Finley’s sick riding)

To do a 360 spin it is very important to spin when the hose is directly underneath you. How you spin it is you straighten the leg on the side of the direction you want to go and bend the opposite knee. You want to bend your knee and have your knee basically in your arm pit but also remain in an upright position. At the initiation of the spin it will feel like you are falling. You will need to remember to keep the hose underneath you at all times. The hardest part of this trick is trying not to kink the hose. Remember that this is a spin and not a tight turn. You do not have to twist your upper body all of the spinning motion comes from the pressure of your feet. To practice this trick it’s better to spin on your way up.

BACKFLIPS

Jordan Wayment – Rocky Mountain Flyboard
(Video courtesy of Jordan Wayment)

They are a little bit different than doing a backflip on a tramp, wakeboard, snowboard or anything else because of the jets. Once you throw the flip, you have to physically move the jets to your landing where your feet are directly under you. It feels weird at first, but just keep trying.
Just do everything you can to not under-rotate
Setting up your back flip is very important for your safety. Both so you don’t run into the hose or have the hose hit the ski. Fly out in front of the ski then make a right hand or left hand turn and fly down parallel to the ski and stop. Fly straight up, I usually count to three on my way up, then I initiate my rotation. Adding style to your backflip is easy. As you start to rotate, grab the back of your board and hold it through your rotation.

DOLPHIN DIVES

Jordan Wayment – Rocky Mountain Flyboard
(Videos courtesy of Island Flyboard and Jordan Finley of AquaFlyboarding USA)

There are three things you need to do to perform a good dolphin:

  1. Don’t jump. There is nothing to jump off of.
  2. You want to enter the water at a 45 degree angle, not straight down.
  3. As soon as your head enters the water immediately look up and arch your back to come back out of the water. After you come out of a dolphin, resist the urge to wipe the water off of your face. Many people naturally do this but it causes them to lose balance and the trick looks sloppy. I do a quick head whip to get the water out of my eyes. When you dolphin you can put your hands in front of you like you would dive in a swimming pool or you can keep them by your side and enter head first it is just a preference.

Once you have mastered a dolphin, adding a spin is the next step. Do one regular dolphin. As your head comes out of the water, start spinning in the direction you feel most comfortable. Complete your spin by the time your feet get out of the water and go directly into another dolphin.

Reverse dolphin dives are a little scary at first; I would recommend learning how to get up flying backwards while starting on your back. When you do a reverse dolphin look back until you see the water and as soon as your head enters the water do a big kick like you would if you where starting on your back. That will help you get back out of the water.

FALLING

Jordan Wayment – Rocky Mountain Flyboard
(Video is of Blaine Jeffery…falling)

If you lose your balance and start to fall, immediately face the direction you are falling and keep your head and chest up. This will bring your feet underneath you and give you time to recover rather than crash.
Falling backwards is really tricky. Push your toes down as far as they will go and get the weight of your chest forward. This will force the jets to spray behind you and you will begin to start moving forwards.
(Blaine: May I add that I was also taught that once I began to fall and realized I couldn’t save it to twist into a diving position so entry into the water was a smooth as possible. Seen in the second example in this video)
If by chance you cannot recover and fall into the water, your certified instructor will release the throttle so you can regain balance. Your instructor will not fly you any higher than 1 or 2 feet off the water until you have learned to maintain your balance and save your falls.
Chase Shaw (former Rocky Mountain Flyboard Instructor) shared some great insights on our YouTube channel so we thought we would add them here:
If you start falling backwards, keep your legs straight, bend over at the waist, put your shoulders way over your toes, and push your toes down. This will get the jets back underneath you and you will do 1 of 2 things,

  1. You will lower yourself into the water and your fall will be cushioned.
  2. You wont fall.

When you are falling to the side, whip your shoulders in the direction that you are falling. This will naturally allow your hips to follow and then at this point you can get the jets back underneath you.

FIRST TIME FLYBOARDING

Jordan Wayment – Rocky Mountain Flyboard
(Video is of me, Blaine Jeffery, NOT following this tip very well)

When you are first learning to Flyboard:

  1. Never bend both knees at the same time. This will help you maintain perfect balance and prepare you on learning how to turn.
  2. Before you come out of the water, your body should be in an upright position as if you were already standing.
  3. Keep your legs straight your eyes on the horizon and, most importantly, relax. Maintain this position as you come out of the water and continue to find your balance with straight knees.
  4. Once you are in flight, change your direction by shifting your weight to the direction you want to go.

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