Flyboarding — who knew? (quite a cool video)

I got an email a few days ago about some “flyboard” world record, and I don’t know what possessed me to check out the video, but I’m glad I did.

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I actually had to google in order to determine if the video was a hoax. It’s that cool.

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From Wikipedia:

A Flyboard is a type of water jetpack attached to a personal water craft (PWC) which supplies propulsion to drive the Flyboard through air and water to perform a sport known as flyboarding. A Flyboard 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 15 metres in the air or to dive headlong through the water.

It’s as if they’re flying — and in fact, they can fly, kind of.

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Is this not seriously cool?

It’s a great video, and a cool sport that was only invested in 2011. Enjoy. I did.


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5 Responses to “Flyboarding — who knew? (quite a cool video)”

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  2. Hue-Man says:

    Two years ago, Rick Mercer tried his hand at flyboarding – a middle-aged gay man swallowing a lake full of water, although he did manage to get some air.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMaN1dU0KMk

  3. olandp says:

    I saw this for the first time in a video of the Amsterdam Pride parade a year or two ago, they were going down one of the canals. Really neat, but I wouldn’t want to do it.

  4. UncleBucky says:

    Broken backs, necks, and all the rest, anyone? I would like to do a test to see how many doing this “sport” would be classed as “young immortals”… Hah.

  5. bkmn says:

    It hit MN in 2012. It seems to be a novelty toy as I have not seen any in use other than demonstration units. MN summers are all about hitting the water so it was an appropriate place to show it off outside of France where it was developed.

    http://archive.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=986042

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