Noah Flegel might be one of the most multi-talented board sport riding athletes on the planet. It doesn't matter whether he's on a wakeboard, wakesurf, skim, surfboard, foil or snowboard, this dude never seems to do anything but impress. In this video you'll have a chance to catch up with him on a “day in his life” style feature that we recently captured near his south Florida home. We also had the opportunity to ask him a few questions. Enjoy.
WW: Name, age, hometown?
NF: Noah Flegel, 24 years on earth and I am from Lighthouse Point Native (South Florida).
WW: What have you been up to this off-season?
NF: I spent the majority of my off-season in Hawaii this year on the North Shore of Oahu pushing myself in big surf and extreme conditions to be the best waterman I can be. My goal moving forward is to spend my winters in Hawaii becoming a professional surfer and continuing to chase big swells to surf and foil.
WW: It looks like you added foiling and foil racing to your never-ending list of boardsports! When did you do that and why do you enjoy it so much?
NF: I recently competed in my first foil event in the ocean. The racing part was not my specialty. It was more of a relay race. Half of it was running up the beach into the wind and half of it was foiling. I didn’t do that great in the race, but I won the best trick contest for strapless and strapped-up foiling.
I love pushing what is possible on a foil. Foiling is so new it’s so sick to be able to be the first to do all the tricks that I’ve brought over from all the other watersports I do. It gets me so stoked when I show people what is possible and then I see someone else do it. The progression I’ve seen from the foiling community as a whole in the last year has been insane and I’m stoked to be a part of it.
WW: We recently saw a post on your Instagram page of you killing it on a snowboard. How long have you been doing that?
NF: As far as snowboarding goes, I’ve been casually doing it since I was a kid. My family used to have a place in Park City, so I would go out there once or twice a year as a kid and shred the slopes. I always said snowboarding is the closest thing to wakeboarding and I love pushing myself to do tricks that I can do on a wakeboard over snow. Terrifying, but so rewarding! Love it.
WW: Do you have any new shapes or changes for 2022 that you'd like to highlight?
NF: As far as shapes go, my new Hyperlite RIOT shape just came out and the LOADED version is absolutely insane! So light and stronger than ever before. I’m so stoked about how well we have been able to step up what I already felt was the best wakeboard on the market. Highly recommend giving it a try. And I can promise that if you do try it, you’ll never want to ride another board. It’s seriously all time.
WW: How is it riding behind the new Nautique Paragon boat? Everyone seems to be going crazy about it. Is it really that big of a difference and why?
NF: Nautique hooking me up with the Paragon this year has been another game-changer for me so far this season. The wake for surfing and wakeboarding is more powerful than ever and bigger than ever. It goes without saying that the Paragon is the clear leader in the wake boat industry.
WW: How long have you been professional and how do you plan on spending your upcoming summer season?
NF: I have been wakeboarding professionally since I was 16 and I’m 24 now, which is crazy for me to think about. Time flies when you’re having fun! I plan on spending this season having fun riding with my friends, spreading the sport to as many people as possible while coaching on the road, doing demos and collecting content along the way. I'll also be training for the Nautique Wake Series and traveling around for that, which I’m very excited about. Then once the wake season ends, it’s time to get back in the ocean all winter!
WW: How can you balance riding so many different boards and be insane on all of them at the same time?
NF: I stay motivated to stay in the water because of all of the different boards I like to ride in all different conditions. I love being able to adapt my daily activity depending on what Mother Nature is feeling that day. If I stuck with one sport for so long, I would likely get burned out, but when you’re doing a different sport almost every day, and often more than one sport per day, it keeps things fresh and interesting. It all ties together and makes me feel more confident on any board I get on.
WW: Who have you been riding with the most lately? Who motivates you the most in each board sport you do?
NF: I ride with John Ackerman a lot, as well as a lot of my local friends from high school who enjoy shredding behind the boat. The wakeboard scene is pretty dry around south Florida. We need more riders down here!
Anyone who is able to dominate their sport for years and years obviously motivates me, such as Kelly Slater, John John, Harley Clifford, Parks Bonifay, Joey Chestnut and Mike Tyson. The people who I really get my motivation through are those who are pushing multiple sports at once, such as Shaun White, Lyon Farrell, Brock Crouch, Kai Lenny, Laird Hamilton and Malae Mcelheny. I love to see that and I think that’s what keeps me striving to be a better waterman.
WW: Special thanks to anyone?
NF: Special thanks to my parents who cultivated an environment for me to pursue everything I love to do in the water from the time I was born until now. Also, huge shout out to my sponsors because I would not get to spend nearly as much time in the water if it were not for them! Hyperlite, Nautique, Armstrong, Soundswell, Fatsac, Seadek and Cabrinha, thank you guys for making my dreams come true from the bottom of my heart. I will never stop pursuing these sports that I love so much. I will never stop trying to progress. And whether it is my job or not, I will always enjoy spending as much time in the water as possible.