Jet ski back flips

Mooloolaba jet skier Aaron Frankland enjoys swells offered by Cyclone Hamish. Photo:Cade Mooney/181375
Mooloolaba jet skier Aaron Frankland enjoys swells offered by Cyclone Hamish. Photo:Cade Mooney/181375

The identity of the mystery jet-skier snapped enjoying the swells on offer from Cyclone Hamish has been unveiled.

Emails were sent to the Daily claiming that the daredevil was none other than "the Stig" of Top Gear fame but we can reveal he goes by another, less secret identity.

The man in the wetsuit and helmet who took to the waves to perform back flips on his jet ski off Mooloolaba Beach is professional free rider Aaron Frankland.

The 27-year-old said taking on the ocean when it became this wild was not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced.

A wrong landing could result in broken bones or dislocated joints and he wishes for one thing as the jet ski sits on top of his mid-air body with water raging below.

"You just hope you're going to land," he said.

"When you start getting some real height, it's surprising how much water can hurt if you hit it."

While bike riders performing tricks on terra firma could count on a ramp being consistent, water was rarely as friendly to blokes on the back of wave runners, Aaron said.

"Waves are different so rotation through the air is different," he said.

"You need to work out how much you want to pull."

The key is to land it nose first and you'll make a smooth entry.

Aaron, who competed in the Jet Pilot Australian Free Ride open at the Gold Coast on February 21, said riding jet skis had advantages over carving up the surf with a Malibu.

"It’s another extension of surfing," he said.

"When its gets too big, you can go out and use the jet ski as a surfboard."

People keen to see more free style jet ski action can catch an exhibition at Mudjimba Beach on Saturday, March 14 starting at 9am.

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