X Rebel Faction

Independent since 2009.  We are in hydro sports because of it’s awesomeness and unlimited potential for exploration, flight and development of the sport itself. We have been fortunate to meet and work with a group of people that share an open vision and are willing to step outside of the pack and rebel against the norms and conventions and imposed barriers. These are some of the rebels that push us to make X-Jets better.


Ben Merrell is a leading athlete in the emerging field of hydrosports. Ben has the instinct to break away from the pack and try new technologies and work to make a better generation of equipment. Ben jumped on the Jetblade and took it to heights previously unknown. Ben represents himself as a true professional in his outlook and approach. Contact Ben directly at the email address below or by visiting his pages at www.flytronics.com and www.powerupwatersports.com


Callon Burns is a powerhouse in jetboarding. Callon has joined the Rebel Faction after reaching his limits on his previous gear. His unique style of riding and exploration fits with X-Jets approach and we are pleased to have him working with us on a variety of projects that will build the future of hydroflight sports.

Chase Finley


Chase Finley represents the smooth California style of hydrojet riding. Comfortable on many devices, Chase makes the Jetblade scream with stylistic moves and topped out altitude. A Hydro Soul alumni, Chase took a break to try some other devices, and is back on what feels best, X. Glad to have you back Chase!

Dean LaVelle


Dean LaVelle was the first rider to jump on the Jetblade and ride it the way it was designed for. His vast experience in wakeboarding has allowed him to develop a completely unique style of forceful riding. Dean, original X Rebel Faction member.


Frazier is one of the pioneers in hydrosport, working with Ray Li to develop the Jetlev. A pioneer in the field, it can honestly be said that Frazier has had a huge influence on the emerging hydro-riding sport. Frazier has worked for the two Jetlev companies in the United States and Europe and did the groundwork in getting them both technically established. Frazier is a hands-on technician and expert on all aspects from engine performance to the complexities of hydro-dynamics in the jetpacks.


Hunter Verlander was born to fly. The first person to pull off a quad flip in competition and the top ranked, number one rider in the Flyboard circuit after this years X-Dubai World Cup competition. Hunter stepped off the Flyboard and onto the Jetblade with ease. Hunter took home a first place trophy at the Session One event in Florida in February 2016, the first unlimited hydroflight competition held in the US. We are working with Hunter by building products that he can depend on in extreme trick situations.


Jack Stone is a jetboarder, photographer and hydro enthusiast. Jack has established himself as one of the leading hydroflight photographers. Jack rides the Jetblade and is a vocal proponent of X-Jets and gives us feedback and constant encouragement to keep bettering the field in all aspects.

Jake Orel is ranked number in the top two in the entire world with his team mate Hunter Verlander. At the top of his game, no one pushes equipment harder than the top pros, and Jake is no exception. Jake eliminated the competition at this season's X-Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates to get a solid, undisputed second place spot on the podium. Riding at this level requires trust and confidence in his equipment and the manufacturers that stand behind it. We are very pleased that Jake has chosen to ride the Jetblade and look forward to working with him to develop the sport and continue to develop serious sport equipment that athletes can push the limits on with confidence.

Jeff Elkins is one of the innovators and embodies the rebel faction spirit that we at X prize so highly. Never one to accept norms and always enthusiastically pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Sometime the ideas border on crazy, but when Jeff pulls it off, you see the unique vision. We are proud to have Jeff in the rebel faction and inspiring us to continually up our game.

José Fernandes


José is a world champion athlete and leader in the development and acceptance of snowboarding as a sport. José is currently CEO of the SnowDome near Hamburg Germany and a hydro enthusiast and long time partner with Stratospheric.


Kevin has been at the forefront working with Sims Snowboards in the mid ‘80’s, developing advanced teaching techniques utilized at the Delaney Snowboarding Camps throughout the 90’s, and in product development, marketing and sales for international brands such as Cabrinha, Neil Pryde, Bic Sport and Flow through the 2000’s. Today, Kevin lives in Santa Cruz, CA with his wife and daughter and is excited to be partnered with X-Jets developing another new sport and the very best products for it.


Logan Foust, age 15, first got into the Hydroflight sport in early 2012. Logan has been on the water ever since he can remember. Spending hours and hours every weekend, trying to master wake boarding prior to first seeing the hydro board. Since then Logan has went from averaging 100 plus hours in a 3 to 4 month period behind a boat to about the same or more hours standing on a hydro board. This hard work paid off at the recent Hydro Fest event in Nevada netting Logan second place in the Open Division.


Mike Helton has made a name for himself in the budding hydrosports industry, both as a rental center owner/operator and as a hydroflight performer. Helton is known for his aggressive style of flight on the jetpack and is a member of the Jetpack Invasion night performance team. The continued innovation of hydrosports motivates him to learn and improve, while constantly pushing the envelope. Helton credits his years as a multi-engine rated pilot for teaching him the dynamics of flight and says he gets more thrills in a jetpack than he ever experienced in a cockpit. When not performing, he loves introducing new students to the joy of this dynamic sport at his rental business in coastal Georgia, ICW Hydrosports.


Mike Traster is an original. Defining the way hydro jetpacks could be ridden from the beginning with Jetlev, Mike took his skills and jumped on the X-Jetpack and flew it to levels that inspired a legion of users. Hydro Soul project rider and Hydro Fest Nevada competitor with a strong podium finish. Mike, you are the man, glad to have you on our team!

Sandy Burns


Sandy has, in a short time, taken his jetpack skills into elite territory. He is constantly pushing the limits and pushing X to come up with system evolutions to meet a new level of rider. His hard work and contributions are helping us shape the future of hydro.



Be the water, be one with the water, shape the water. Shaw has been shaping the future of sport for over 20 years. A pressurized water stream is the most pure form of energy yet that Shaw has been able to shape to meet the demands of aerial riders. Hydroshaping for sport is a new field, Shaw is determined to lead the field. The proof is in the putting, look at the streams and compare. Contact Shaw for a look into the future of hydrosport.

Tim Anthony


Tim has been with us since before the start of X-Jets. Tim brings a real world testing in a daily rental operation in Lamai in Ko Samui Thailand. Tim has always been the first to fly our jets and offer critical feedback ont he real world performance. Riding it hard and putting it away wet. (fresh water rinsed naturally) If you are in Ko Samui and want to try out an X-Jet or buy one, contact Tim at Samui Sea Sports.