Mike “Thrasher” Traster was part of the original hydro jetpack riding crew. Mike defined what was possible and inspired many others to jump on a hydro jetpack and define their own limits. Mike has continued to push the limits and develop a unique style that resonates confidence, style and creativity. Backwards slaloms are the smoothest in the biz, rodeo flips from the top, and all of the element linked together into the most action packed two minutes in the biz. An amazing run brought a re-energized Traster back to the top of the podium in the JABA Aquaboard Championship in Nishikinohama Park, Osaka, Japan. Mike Traster is the man, in black.
Mike had thoughts on the experience, “I was honored to be invited to the 2016 JABA open competition, especially being the first time international athletes were allowed to participate. The event was top notch and the competition was fierce. I throughly enjoyed watching each competitor give it their all and represent almost every hydro-flight manufacturer proudly. Though the language barrier made for interesting conversation, the bonds formed through a pure love for the sport was truly special. The Japanese flyers were immensely talented and their beautiful culture could be felt in every round. I was proud to represent X-Jets and Jetblade USA as they continue to push the sport and open format concept of competition. I hope to be invited back next year, not only to compete, but to see all my new hydro-flight family, especially you Pikachu!!”