Born in California

FlyDive was born in sunny San Diego with one sole purpose – to make hydroflight fun, safe and easy for EVERYONE. Not just the pros, but everyone.

So we huddled away in our warehouse with our testing and design engineers and in 2015 launched the FlyDive X-BOARD. The first of it’s kind, the X-BOARD delivers on the promise to provide the stability needed to boost the confidence of a beginner AND the performance and agility required to take the pros among us to new heights.

With an unparalleled distribution, training and support network, the X-BOARD is easy to purchase, learn, service and maintain so you can maximize your flight time.

Meet the FlyDive Team

At FlyDive, everyone on the team lives an active, adventurous and athletic lifestyle. The FlyDive brand is all about positive energy, discovering new capabilities and sharing exhilarating experiences, and we live the brand every day.

Ryan Lorence

Lead Engineer/Certified FlyDiving Trainer

Ryan is an experienced Mechanical Engineer with an EIT Certification from the California Board of Professional Engineers. He’s also a seasoned Level 1 sailing instructor and competitive sailor, surfer, wake boarder and all out water thrill seeker. Ryan has been principally involved in the development and engineering of the FlyDive X-Board from the beginning, and he is driving product development ongoing with up-and-coming FlyDive products.

Mike Santomero

Dealer Development

Life has been a nonstop active lifestyle adventure for Mike Santomero! After 4 years of undergraduate studies at Providence College, he has been on a mission to pursue active experiences all over the globe.

After backpacking through Europe, Mike pursued work in the travel industry, giving him the opportunity to explore many diverse environments. He’s toured over 100 college campuses in the Midwest and East Coast of the U.S. while running promotional road trips for STS (Spring Break Travel Agency. He additionally spent more than 6 Summer seasons in Connecticut working at an adventure club & resort by the name of Club Getaway. He served duties as Lifeguard as well as Wakeboarding and Trapeze instructor!

Mike has lived in New Zealand and Australia as a snorkeling & ATV tour guide, Acapulco as an on-site Resort & Tour Director), California to pursue surfing, and spent time in Philadelphia working to get customers healthy and active thru his personal training mentorship.

Mike then toured Amsterdam, Tokyo, Kong Kong, Macao, and went backpacking in Southeast Asia before settling down in California.

He’s lead an eventful life enriched by the people he’s connected with all over the world. His passion for extreme sports keeps him learning and advancing his skills, and this adventurous fire has led him to FlyDive as the newest member of our Dealer Development team! Mike is a serious water man, with extensive training with the US Coast Guard and expertise in personal watercraft, boating and now of course, flying and training others on the X-Board!

Bobby Vance

VP of Domestic & International Sales

Bobby started his professional career in 1980 at the age of 22 when he opened a Landscape Irrigation Company in Brownsville, Texas. He grew the company into one of the largest and most respected Irrigation firms in the State of Texas with offices in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and Austin. He sold the business in 2011 and moved to Lakeway with plans to retire.

A visit to Florida where he first experienced Hydroflight was all the inspiration he needed to launch his own Flight Center at Lakeway Marina on Lake Travis. His new venture, Aquafly, was born in the fall of 2012. Growth occurred very rapidly and he found himself involved in product distribution for Zapata Racing in a five-state region of the United States. By 2015 Aquafly was known world wide as a leader in competition, shows, events, marketing and flight center operations. Today Bobby serves as Flydive’s Vice President of Domestic and International Sales and brings his marketing. industry knowledge and experience to a team of professionals focused on growing and shaping Hydroflight as a safe, fun and family friendly sport. Bobby attended Texas A&M University in Kingsville where he studied Business Administration and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

An avid water sports enthusiast, Bobby first started water skiing at the age of 4 and was slaloming by age 5. His love for water sports grew over the years as he became an accomplished barefoot skier, scuba diver and now Hydroflight enthusiast. He is a Private Pilot, enjoys photography, cooking, carpentry and just about any outdoor activity.

Bobby resides in Lakeway, Texas with Wife Gretchen who also works for Flydive as Vice President of Events and Sponsorships. Together they have 8 Children ages 14 to 35 and two adorable Grandkids.

Sean Meadows

Marketing, Advertising, Web Development

Sean joined the FlyDive team through their acquisition of Jetpack America in early 2017. Sean leads the team’s efforts in online marketing, advertising and ecommerce. Sean’s background in web development ensures that FlyDive will be at the forefront of incorporating the latest web technologies to better serve our customers. Sean also assists the consumer sales efforts of the FlyDive team. He is always available to answer questions about waterflight and loves helping customers get set-up with the right gear.

Sean is located in Newport Beach, CA. He is an avid surfer and loves to get in the air on a water jetpack or X-Board as much as possible.

Mitch Mulenix

FlyDive Board of Advisors

With over 25 years of experience of working inside politics in both the public and private sectors, Mr. Mulanix has advised top officials at the federal, state, and local levels. He began his political career on Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff to a member of Congress in 1988.After leaving public service, Mulanix partnered with legendary political consultant George Gorton, a member of the American Political Hall of Fame to establish Gorton & Mulanix, a California-based government relations firm that has provided winning political strategies for Fortune 500 clients such as Sprint Wireless, Koch Industries, and Lucent Technologies.  He also managed successful large political campaigns for several initiatives including the San Diego Padres, and California Workers Comp Reform.He worked exclusively for Arnold Schwarzenegger for 5 years guiding his transition from actor to political activist prior to running Arnold’s first campaign for Governor.  He now oversees government relations for Pathway Genomics nationwide, and will be key to advising FlyDive in its efforts to pass reforms that will make the new world of waterflight sports more accessible to consumers and athletes.

John Grimm

Product Design and Manufacturing 

An 18 year product development professional specializing in design innovation, and project management. With an expertise in mechanical design and his out of the box approach to engineering problem solving, John has spent the last decade and a half patenting over 40 inventions in both the U.S. and Europe. Along with his experience, he brings his passion and enthusiasm from a lifetime of watersport activities such as surfing, wake boarding, and boating.

Brandon Robinson

U.S. Master Certified Hydroflight Instructor

Brandon Robinson, is the Original Master Instructor in the United States. His father brought Hydroflight to America in 2012. Brandon started the very first instructor school and literally wrote the book on Hydroflight. His mission was to teach people to fly safely and how to become Hydroflight Instructors.  He has trained over a hundred instructors throughout the United States. He also traveled worldwide as an ambassador for the sport, creating awareness in places like Hawaii, China, France, Morocco, Canada, South America. Brandon has always had ambitions to be the best. That is why he chose Flydive. At 15 years of age he joined a semi-pro paintball team where he learned to become goal-driven. He was the youngest semi-pro player in the world at the time. At age 18, he and his paintball team set world records for the most back to back tournament wins in one season. The team won over $150,000 in prizes and sponsorships such as Allstate insurance. At age 20 he became pro, he had made his greatest dream come true and he move on to become the the best Hydroflight Instructor in the industry.  Brandon now runs a rental location in west palm beach, still teaching people how to fly. His favorite thing is watching people react as they experience flying with the X-board for the very first time. He is regarded as the best Master Instructor in America.

“We have noticed that an average customer gains control of the X-board in just under 5 minutes. On the [popular competitor’s brand] the average customer gained control at about 8 minutes. They have an easier time getting up out of the water after their first time trying the X-Board…also much easier to get the board underneath them.”  

 

– Shyanne Mitchell, Water Buzz, Lake Havasu, AZ

 

 

“The hydroflight industry is growing exponentially, and we didn’t want to miss out. We chose FlyDive because they’ve got an innovative product, and the board in particular is so intuitive and easy to ride.”  

– Chrissy Beck, Lauderdale Diver, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

 

“What we want to do is give people the best experience they’ve ever had while they’re on vacation. We chose FlyDive because we felt it would significantly give us an edge in the marketplace, and we would be able to come to the table with more value than anyone else could offer. We chose the X-Board because of the unique design; it’s not like any other hydroboard or jet pack which is pretty hard to learn in initial tries. We felt FlyDive after trying it was the way to go, and that people could learn it really easily. We’ve gotten some young kids up, and some older folks up and we’ve got our boards in and can’t wait to try them with our customers. My guys can’t wait to get this out in the marketplace and show people what it can do!”

 

— Todd Baker, Blind Pass Boat & Jet Ski Rentals, St. Pete Beach, FL

Hydroflight is not just a sport to us, it’s a movement: Hydroflight for all.

 

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