Tuesday, July 16th: Flyboarding Champ Kristen Smoyer
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Tuesday, July 16th: Flyboarding Champ Kristen Smoyer

August 30, 2019


BOARD WITH THE REIGNING FEMALE
WORLD CHAMP, WHO GREW UP IN
EXETER. ♪
>>WELCOME, NEW HAMPSHIRE. LET’S GO FLYBOARDING. COME ON. ♪
ERIN: KRISTEN SMOYER DOESN’T
JUST WALK ON WATER. IT’S HER TRAMPOLINE. ♪
ERIN: THIS EXETER NATIVE IS A
WORLD CHAMPION FLYBOARDER. YOU’RE NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD. THAT’S AMAZING.>>I FEEL REALLY LUCKY TO BE IN
THAT SPOT. IT’S PRETTY COOL TO BE 37 AND A
MOM AND COMPETE AGAINST THESE
GIRLS THAT ARE 21, 22, 17 EVEN. BUT IT’S REALLY AWESOME TO HAVE
TAUGHT THEM SOME OF THE TRICKS
AND SEE THEM PROGRESSING IN THE
SPORT. ♪
ERIN: HER NIGHT SHOWS ARE A
CROWD FAVORITE. SHE’S FLOWN ALL OVER THE WORLD,
FROM ASIA, TO BARCELONA, BERMUDA
TO COLUMBIA. IN IRELAND, SHE MET THE PRIME
MINISTER.>>AND HE STOOD ATOP ONE OF
THEIR SHIPS FIVE STORIES UP AND
I FLEW UP TO HIM AND SHOCK HIS
HAND. IT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE
COOLEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE. ERIN: THE PRO ATHLETE HAS EVEN
APPEARED IN “HARPER’S BAZAAR”
MAGAZINE.>>I LOOKED AT THE PICTURE AND I
THOUGHT, “I RECOGNIZE THOSE
CALVES.”
>>AND THEY PUT HER BODY ON TOP.>>IT WORKED OUT PERFECTLY. IT WAS GREAT. ERIN: AT COMPETITIONS, ATHLETES
ARE SCORED ON DIFFICULTY OF
TRICKS AND SHOWMANSHIP. KRISTEN’S FLYING HAS EARNED HER
A NICKNAME.>>YES. [LAUGHTER]
>>WHAT IS IT?>>THEY CALL ME KRISTEN SMOYER,
THE DESTROYER. IT’S REALLY FUNNY BECAUSE
ORIGINALLY IT WAS BECAUSE I
WOULD BREAK THINGS. POP A HOSE. I’LL BE HONEST, I AM A VERY
AGGRESSIVE FLYER. WHEN I AM DOING MY SHOWS, I’M
LIKE A BALLERINA AND I LOVE
DOING DANCING, BUT WHEN I AM IN
COMPETITION, I AM ANGRY AND
FLEXING MY MUSCLES AND GROWLING,
AND IT’S NOT VERY FEMININE. THAT’S WHY THEY CALL ME SMOYER
THE DESTROYER.>>I LIKE HER DOUBLE BACKFLIPS A
LOT. LIKE HOW IT LOOKS BECAUSE THE
WATER IS LIKE SWIRLING AROUND IN
CIRCLES. ERIN: SON JAXON, HER BIGGEST FAN
AND FLYBOARD PASSENGER, IS WHY
SHE GOT INTO THIS. AT THE AGE OF FOUR, HE WAS
DIAGNOSED WITH A BRAIN TUMOR.>>SO HE HAD A SEIZURE
INITIALLY, AND WHEN HE HAD THE
SEIZURE, THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS
BODY WENT PARALYZED FOR 48
HOURS. AND IT WAS HORRIFYING. ERIN: TO PAY MOUNTING MEDICAL
BILLS, KRISTEN, A CHILD WELFARE
WORKER, BEGAN TEACHING
FLYBOARDING ON THE SIDE. JAXON IS NOW A HEALTHY
10-YEAR-OLD, CHEERING ON HIS
MOM. SHE’S AMAZED SUCH A SCARY
SITUATION LED HER TO DISCOVER
THIS NEW PASSION.>>TOOK A HOLD OF ME, MY TWO
BIGGEST FEARS IN LIFE OF HEIGHTS
AND DROWNING, AND IT JUST MADE
SOMETHING SO SPECTACULAR AND
SHOWED THAT IF I FACE MY
CHALLENGES, I CAN JUST ACHIEVE MORE. ♪
ERIN: YOU MAKE IT LOOK SO EASY,
BUT IT CAN’T BE AS EASY AS YOU
MAKE IT LOOK.>>ANY ONE WHO CAN GO FROM
SITTING TO STANDING CAN DO IT. I’VE HAD AN 86-YEAR-OLD WOMAN DO
IT AND 10-YEAR-OLD. SO IT REALLY IS, IT TAKES A
LITTLE BIT TO LEARN BUT IT’S
JUST ABOUT BEATING YOUR FEARS. ERIN: FLYBOARDING IN FLORIDA
WHERE SHE LIVES NOW, YOU
SOMETIMES SPOT DANGER LURKING
BELOW.>>THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES I’VE
BEEN UP IN THE AIR AND I LOOK
DOWN AND SEE GATOR, GATOR,
GATOR. SO I’M LIKE, I’LL LAND OVER
HERE. BUT THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN TIMES
WHEN I AM IN THE INTERCOASTAL
FLYING AND THE DOLPHINS
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE WATER THAT
SHOOTS OUT OF MY JETS. SO THEY’LL BE JUMPING UNDER MY
HOSE AND IT IS JUST FANTASTIC.>>IT’S FUN SEEING HER DO
SOMETHING THAT SHE’S SO
PASSIONATE ABOUT. ERIN: HER BROTHER IS THRILLED TO
SEE HIS BIG SIS RISE TO THE TOP
IN THIS SPORT.>>SEE, JERRY WAS VERY ATHLETIC
IN HIGH SCHOOL. I WAS PRETTY ATHLETIC AS WELL. WE PLAYED SPORTS. HE WAS ALWAYS BETTER THAN ME AT
EVERYTHING, SO IT’S NICE TO HAVE
ONE THING THAT I’M LIKE, “HA HA,
I CAN DO IT BETTER.”
ERIN: CHET HERGET OF FLYBOARD
BOSTON PROVIDED KRISTEN’S EQUIPMENT. HE SELLS FLYBOARDS AND GIVES
LESSONS ON NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKES.>>MOST OF OUR PEOPLE THAT COME
OUT ARE FIRST TIMERS, SO THEY
SHOULDN’T BE INTIMIDATED BY IT. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DOUBLE
FLIPS, BUT YOU CAN FLY. WE CAN GET NICE PICTURES OF YOU
FLYING, NICE VIDEO OF YOU
FLYING. ERIN: SO IT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE A
SNOWBOARD.>>YEAH EXACTLY, AND THESE
BINDINGS ARE JUST LIKE SNOWBOARD
BINDINGS. ERIN: THE FLYBOARD CAN BE
ATTACHED TO JUST ABOUT ANY JET
SKI, USING A U-PIPE AND HOSE.>>SO ALL THE WATER THAT GETS
SUCKED UP FROM THE BOTTOM GOES
SHOOTING THROUGH A METAL U-PIPE
THROUGH THE HOSE AND OUT THE
BOTTOM OF YOUR FEET, AND YOU’RE
FLYING LIKE A SUPERHERO. ERIN: KRISTEN USUALLY USES A
THROTTLE REMOTE. BUT TODAY HER WIFE MEL IS THE
JET SKI PILOT.>>MY MAIN FOCUS IS MAKING SURE
THAT SHE IS GETTING THE HEIGHT
THAT SHE NEEDS, LOWERED WHEN SHE
NEEDS TO BE LOWERED. JUST ANY HAND SIGNAL SHE GIVES
ME IS TO KNOW WHAT SHE NEEDS. ♪
>>WANNA DO SOME FLIPS WITH ME? LET’S GO. ♪
ERIN: I HAVE SEEN THIS. I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY IT
BUT I’M SCARED TO DEATH. [LAUGHTER]
>>A LITTLE SCARED COMPONENT IS
ALWAYS GOOD. IT’S GONG TO BE AWESOME. ♪
ERIN: LEARNING TO FLYBOARD TAKES
A LOT OF PRACTICE AND PATIENCE.>>AND SHE’S UP, UP, AND AWAY. YEAH! [LAUGHTER]

>>WHAT DO YOU THINK? ERIN: GREAT.>>THAT WAS AWESOME. THAT WAS A GOOD ONE. ERIN: ONCE YOU GET THE HANG OF
IT, THERE’S NO BETTER FEELING. ♪
>>GO! ♪
ERIN: THAT WAS AWESOME. WHAT A GREAT DAY. EVERYONE NEEDS TO TRY THAT. ♪
ERIN: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT
WHAT SHE DOES?>>OH, I MEAN, IT’S AMAZING. AWE-INSPIRING.>>I WOULD DO EVERY SHOW IN NEW
HAMPSHIRE. ANYONE ON THE LAKE, ON THE
WATER, EVER WANTS A SHOW OR A
LESSON, CALL ME UP. ♪

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