Water sports continue to get more exciting. Back in July we brought you the video of a jetpack demo gone wrong -- on live TV no less. Now, here is what it looks like when one goes right.
This hydro-power jetpack runs on at least 100 horsepower and mixes with the skills and tricks of competitive diving. Whether you want to flip, dive, barrel roll or stand stagnant 30 plus feet high, this amazing Flyboard has you covered.
Watch the demo:
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The Daily Mail reports that this "Iron Man-style" Flyboard was built by Franky Zapata of Marseille, a water sports enthusiast. As you can see, the user isn't completely free to fly around being tethered to a Jet Ski. The user wears boots that are attached to water jets and controls his or her movement by shifting his or her body and using hand-guided nozzles.
The Daily Mail has more:
Earlier this year much excitement was generated by the water-powered Jetlev jetpack, but the difference with the Flyboard is that you can dive back in the water and out again.
The other difference is the price. The Jetlev costs an eye-watering £60,000, but the basic Flyboard model comes in at £4200.
They share similar mechanics, though, with water being sucked from the ocean through a huge hose attached to a Jet Ski and blasted back out again.
The pressure of the water jet stream is controlled by the Jet Ski operator, which has to have 100 horsepower or more to operate the jetpack.