Videos: Is Backflipping in Swimming Pools The Newest “Big Thing?”


With the freestyle community increasing in size every year, the tricks are getting pretty crazy. What started as guys doing barrel-rolls and flips in the ocean has turned into crazier ocean riding and flat water riding that is always buzzing with new ideas. Freeriding is much different than regular watercraft riding as it consists of you being in the air, upside side, doing twists and turns. It is truly amazing to look at how this community has grown over the years and how it has branched off in to its own thing.

This is becoming a new trend where riders are trying to find new exciting places to display their skills to the public. While there have already been a handful of people who have had videos gone viral for doing tricks in a pool, the first video shows Johnny Leftly at last year’s Wave Daze shooting out of the water just before he goes about doing his flips. He executes all of his flips perfectly but the landings…well, you’ll see. On his last flip he did come in contact with the side of the pool which could have been devastating. Luckily, Johnny and his ride were okay.

The next was filmed as a promo for a television show pilot. While the stunts are cool, the size of the pool is far smaller and the rider is very clearly a man in a white bikini (oh, Hollywood magic). The final video is of Volia Dzikovich on her JetGP Yamaha WaveBlaster (looking particularly better than any ‘Blaster did from the factory) doing a little more tame routine in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The last one is a little bit of a cheat, but worth watching. So, while we encourage you to go out and find crazy new spots, do so safely. Oh, and no more tyrannosaurus costumes.

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Blake Ellestad

Blake Ellestad

Blake decided to buy a jet ski before a car and it was the greatest decision of his life. He was able to start reading on the forums and absolutely fell in love with the information and the sport. Blake says he will be riding jet skis for a very long time.

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