One of the best parts of FlowRiding during your vacation at Solara Resort is the opportunity to “Flow with a Pro” in the sport. Today, we’re introducing you to Joel Stevens, a professional in both FlowBoarding and Bodyboarding. Joel joined the Solara Flow team last year and has been a valuable asset to us ever since!
Where are you from? How did you end up here in Central Florida?
-North Devon, England. My mom was a motorcycle mechanic for a Yamaha racing team and one of the races where she worked was held in Florida. She liked it so much her she decided to stay. I was five when we moved.
How did you discover FlowBoarding?
-My mom found it and thought I would enjoy it. I was 10 years old when I first started at Fantasy Surf in Central Florida, which is now closed. I don’t think she ever expected it would grow into what it has.
What was the greatest challenge you faced when you first started FlowBoarding?
-I struggled with aerial tricks like the rodeo for a long time when I started bodyboarding. I had to do it for a few years and get older before I really got the hang of it. When I started nailing those, I really felt like I was progressing.
What was your proudest moment as a FlowBoarder?
-Last November in Punta Cana in the FlowRider World Championship, I placed second in the world for bodyboarding. It was a great feeling because when I injured my shoulder last year, I worried it would harm my FlowBoarding career, but I worked through it.
Do you have any mentors or people you look up to?
-When I was young, I looked up to an older rider named Chuck Wright who helped me improve on the stand-up board. He was very talented and helpful to me.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
-I’d like to be working in the medical field, either in physical or respiratory therapy. I plan on studying those areas at UCF this Fall.
Name your favorite musical artist, movie and food.
-Dirty Heads, Surfs Up, Fish n’ Chips. Without a doubt!
Describe your ideal 24-hour day.
-Wake up, go surfing at the beach. Spend time with family in the afternoon. Then party with friends in the evening. I’m kinda predicable.
What makes the FlowRider experience at Solara unique?
-Because of our day pass system, riders can come and go as they please and really take the time to get better throughout the day. Also, our instructors’ one-on-one training gives guests the attention they really need.
What’s your secret to being a successful FlowBoarder?
-Practice and dedication obviously, but also form friendships with other riders and becoming a part of the community. It’s really important to support each other and there are some great people in FlowBoarding.