By Terri Lynn, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Managing Editor, Nov. 19, 2015 – If you ever happen to be in the vicinity of the Middle River behind the Galleria (off of the
Intracoastal between Sunrise Blvd and Las Olas) you probably have seen Dr. Todd Sawisch and his teammates flyboarding in the air like space cadets hovering over the water.
Sawisch, is one of the most highly regarded oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Fort Lauderdale. His day consist of a rigid fitness regimen followed by intense hours of performing surgery that only a handful of board certified surgeons are skilled enough to handle.
“The Mad Doctor”
After spending many years of his life in school, Dr. Sawisch, found a unique and relaxing pastime that requires skill, passion and a quest for adventure— flyboarding.
The extreme sport of flyboarding has captured thrill seekers around the world and it is now and internationally recognized sport. To flyboard, a rider stands on a board connected by a long hose to a watercraft. Water is forced under pressure to a pair of boots with jet nozzles underneath which provide thrust for the rider to fly up to 49 feet in the air
Todd has been an avid flyboard aficionado for two years and has quickly risen to the top of the Veterans Category in North America. His unpredictable style and fast-paced, fearless tricks have earned him the nickname , “The Mad Doctor.”
Every year, for the past four years, Zapata Racing and its partner XDubai, gather the best riders from all over the world for The XDUBAI FLYBOARD® WORLD CUP in Dubai from December 3 to December 5, 2015. This year, one of the competitors will be Ft. Lauderdale’s very own Dr. Todd Sawisch, competing against dozens of world-class Flyboarders from 20 countries.
Todd has been training fiercely and will be flying in the Veterans Division with the Top 10 ranked flyers in the world competing. Sawisch said he is ready to secure some of the top spots at the 2015 XDubai Flyboard World Cup. He is a perfectionist, fiercely competitive and is going to Dubai to win!
“There are some tough competitors out there. I need to perform better than everyone else. I need to execute clean and effortless combinations of tricks, spins, dives with double backflips. If I need to, I have some surprises to pull out, just in case,” he said.
Dr. Sawisch leaves for Dubai at the end of this month and will compete December 3-5.
When not in the operating room or on the water, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife Barbie and his two children, Gianna and Maxim, who he hopes to someday train to become the future of the sport.