Pro flowboarder Sean Silveira will be our in-studio guest during our Wednesday, Oct. 3 show. Sean, age 23, is out of Orlando and has earned the title of World Champion three times and U.S. Champion five times.
What exactly is flowboarding? It is a relatively new boardsport incorporating elements of surfing, bodyboarding, skateboarding, skimboarding, snowboarding and wakeboarding.
Flowboarders ride on artificial waves called “sheet waves.” Powerful pumps project a three-inch layer of water at speeds ranging from 20 m.p.h. to 30 m.p.h.. The water flows up and over surfaces engineered to replicate the shape of ocean waves.
Sheet waves are stationary waves, in that the wave does not move forward, and the movement is derived from water flowing over a stationary surface
Flowboarders get their speed from the energy of the water flowing at them, and can perform basic to sophisticated turns and tricks within a relatively small area.
Stand up flowboards are similar to wakeboards, but with a soft ethylene vinyl acetate edge.
At the age of 9, Sean picked up his first skateboard, at 12 he picked up his first surfboard, only to add them together at the age of 17 when he picked up his first flowboard.
Silveira has been riding for 6 years and has made a name for himself as a pro flowboarder and is an ambassador for the sport. His list of sponsors is growing: Fantasy Surf, Rhythem Clothing, Spy Optics & VGT grip. For the record, his fave trick is “The Pterodactyl.”
Recently, Sean claimed his 5th National Flow Tour Championship in front of his home crowd while defending his home wave (Fantasy Surf).
Now, Sean will be representing Team USA as he travels to Ogden, Utah for the 2012 World Flowboarding Championships to battle it out with the
best riders in the world.
Between now and then, he says: “I’m Chillin, enjoying life and living the dream, basically like any other pro-athlete.”
He is confident that the sport’s popularity will continue to rise and will one day be accepted as “real” sport.
“It’s going to be a sport,” he says. “I am going to keep behind it until it is!
- Marky Mark