Monday, November 7, 2016

Flyboarding $$ 🎓🎓 💪💪

Take a jet-ski.  Attach a giant hose to the jet, so the water goes into it, rather than the lake/ocean.

Connect the other end of the hose to a rig you strap to your feet.   Turn the jet-ski on via a remote control and the water press will thrust you up into the air as high as the hose.    Live out your James Bond Jet pack fantasy!

Most people handle 5 -10 ft, some get as high as 35 ft in the air.

If you are good, you can do tricks.  If you are a beginner you can slam into the water and give your friends a laugh.   It's not as easy as it looks.  One of the key things is you can't point your feet - it's all about balancing - keeping your center of gravity above the water jets. Most of that is done in the ankles - they have to be bent the right amount.  Point your feet down a tiny bit and you move forward.  More and you slam head first into the water. 

This sport is new and there are variations - jets attached to your back, jets attached to a bike, jets attached to a chair.   In all cases you are going to be balancing and most people think it is easier to balance on your feet than anything else.  Also, at some point the jets tend to point directly down into the water, most people would rather be pulled under by their feet than by any other part of their body.

It costs about $100 to try it out.  If you fall in love it costs about $10,000 for the entire setup (including the jet ski which is half the cost).   It's not easy, but it's not the hardest thing to try.  I managed to do it by the end of my 15 minutes.

This is by far a guy thing.  James Bond fantasy, remember.    It's also mostly a younger thing - 20 and 30 year olds dominate the market, but older users are welcome.  Most places won't take you unless you are at least 16, but if you find the right place, they will take a 13 year old kid.

I tried it in Texas ( )   but you can try it on Long Island:

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