MY PERSONAL JOURNEY

My life changing Flyboard journey - My story for the 1st time.

Peter Hendra – My Personal Flyboard Journey

Flyboard X isn't just about selling Flyboards. We hope to capture and captivate our audience, our customers, and our fans by inciting them with a sense of adventure, by exploring and chasing their dreams no matter how big or small.

I thought I would share my personal journey for the first time; this isn't something a lot of my friends even know, but I feel to truly promote what it is to own a Flyboard hire business I need to share my own personal journey. I hope I can share my passion for this incredible product and sport and the ways in which it has changed my life.

I'm 28 years old, I do not come from a wealthy family, and my parents have had their struggles within the working class of society. I thank them so much for their education and support to achieve whatever I desired. I finished high school with no further studies outside of school. Since then I have worked in hospitality, sales (direct marketing, telesales, retail and real estate), labouring and some unsuccessful small businesses.

I managed to purchase my first property at the age of 20 and struggled to even put food on the table. At my lowest point the Global Financial Crisis saw my property decrease in value by almost a third of its value. I worked 6 jobs part time at one stage, including cleaning toilets and attempted a weekend jumping castle hire business called Little Pete's BIG CASTLES. Not overly successful, I managed to attain a business partner to buy the World's largest inflatable water slide (the Kamikaze Water Slide) which saw me broke and worst off 30k. I had never left Australia (never even travelled around it), on the verge of losing my house that I had spent the last 5 years of my life slaving for and an incredible unpaid debt which left me with a decision to declare or not declare bankruptcy.

In December of 2011, Franky Zapata (Zapata Racing) aired his first promo video of the Flyboard. I was hooked and I needed this in my life. I needed to change my life. I asked my mum if she could buy me one for Christmas (she had said I needed to give her Christmas gift ideas) to which she kindly rejected. So I put myself to work... How does a 25 year old broke kid (I felt like one) get a Flyboard for Christmas?

Call it fate, being in the right place at the right time, or just dreams reinforced with goals and backed with actions. I called my best friend and asked for some advice; this led to a business partnership with the greatest man I have ever known, my best friend Dale Jeffery. I borrowed $3500 from mum, and jumped on a plane to see the main man himself... Franky Zapata. Securing the distribution rights to his product wasn't easy, a lot of competition and some huge hurtles to face with the Australian government. But our passion for his product and determination to succeed was the driving force behind our success.

Two and half years on... I am a director of an international import and distribution business. My team and I have established HydroFly – the Flyboard experience catering to Gold Coast Tourism and Hobart Tourism. I have travelled throughout Australia, explored 11 foreign countries, including living abroad for 6 months. I have starred in a movie, worked with various television shows, performed in front of millions of people, competed and finished within the top 21 of three World Cup events. I have secured some great sponsorship's with some highly respected brands. I have created friendships with a network of people all over the World. And I still have the house!

Flyboard for me isn’t just a job! It’s my passion and a lifestyle; the benefits unique and exciting. To truly feel the sensation of flight and max height on my board is freeing of my mind, body and soul.

I have come to realise anything is attainable so long as you’re willing to put in the hard work to pull it off. I have had many setbacks along the way, but I chose to view them as lessons in what not to do. As Thomas Edison said "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work".

If you’re bored of your current job, aspire to own your own business, or your looking of a way to break through the wall. Talk to us. Flyboard isn't just a product it's a lifestyle and it changes lives. If you want some advice on how you may start your own Flyboard business we are just a phone call or email away; the rewards are great; 5 minutes of your time may be worth a lifetime of adventurous activities!

Many thanks to Dale Jeffery for your friendship, support, courage and wisdom. Franky Zapata for your belief and support of Flyboard X and of course our customers and newly acquired family without you there is no us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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