Kristen Smoyer has never met a challenge she wasn’t willing to face. Life didn’t afford her a choice, really. When you have a son, you have a piece of yourself that means more to you than your own discomfort, than your fatigue, than your preconceived limits.
Gemma Watson, a New Zealand native, is Kristen’s fiercest competition. She is also one of the fiercest friends a girl could want. The teammates push each other in hard times and support each other in the best of times, on and off the flyboard. “We have this untouchable bond.
Whether something good or bad is happening, we are always pushing each other to smile a little bit more, fight for something better,” Kristen says of her friend. In their last World Cup competition together, Gemma sustained a catastrophic injury with severe nerve and leg injury.
Kristen ran onto the beach and swam out to her before any safety crew could get to her. Kristen missed the podium that day, even though she had placed first. “I was at her bedside in the hospital,” she recalls. “And she would do the same for me every day of every year for the rest of our lives.”
When Kristen first heard of Ben Merrell, he was this guy on a Youtube video flying on a new board with the most epic tricks. He made you stare at the screen and think, just for a minute, that super heroes actually exist. Ben and Kristen quickly became a team and best friends. It wasn’t his athletic talent, his straight bangs, or his Oakley sunglasses that made Ben one of the most iconic and influential people she had ever met. Ben taught Kristen new tricks, encouraged her to try harder. And every time she fell, he was there to pick her up, even on dry and. Just the mention of his name brings a smile to Kristen’s face. “Ben is a loving father, a devoted husband. He never gives up on himself, or others,” she says.
Flyboarding took Kristen Smoyer all over the world. But more importantly, it brought her world closer together. Jaxon was recently given the all-clear again. A threefold cord is not easily broken, and the hydrosoul-mates have proven that together they can take on anything.