What is Flyboarding?
A Flyboard is a type of water-based propulsion device attached to a personal water craft (PWC) which supplies thrust to drive the Flyboard and rider through air and water. This activity/sport is known as flyboarding. A Flyboard rider stands on a board connected by a long hose to a PWC 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 nearly 50 feet in the air or to dive head first through the water.
Are there any limitations of who can flyboard? Do you need to be physically fit? Is there a maximum weight limit?
Pretty much anyone who can stand on their own can fly a Flyboard, but for safety reasons we require you to be at least 12 years of age and weigh at least 100 lbs. There are no physical fitness requirements but we require you not to have any previous injuries (neck, back, legs, etc) that could be re-injured while operating the flyboard. The minimum weight limit is 100 lbs with a maximum limit of 300 lbs
Who is the best flyboarder currently and where can I find more information on competitive flyboarding?
Currently the inventor of the Flyboard, Franky Zapata, is the best flyboarder! However, new riders everyday are challenging Franky for this top spot. The best place to read and get information about competitive flyboarding is FLYBOARD MAGAZINE
. " Flyboard Magazine is dedicated to bringing you complete coverage of the world's newest, most incredible extreme water sport. From Pro Flyboarder Profiles, Competition Coverage, and Inspiring Articles to Flyboard Tips, Tricks and How To Videos, Flyboard Magazine delivers exciting, original content daily. The sport of Flyboarding lives on FlyboardMagazine.com".
Can I fly the Flyboard by myself? Do I need a spotter and a driver like most water sports?
Even though it is legal to operate a Flyboard with no spotter or driver on PWC, it is recommended to have a spotter for safety reasons. It's possible to fly a Flyboard with only one person by using the Electronic Management Kit
(which can be purchased from Viscosity).
Do I need to be a good swimmer to flyboard? Do I need any safety gear to fly?
No, you don't need to be able to swim well to flyboard. It is required for safety that a flyboarder always wear a US Coast Guard Approved Life vest, water sports helmet, and wet-suit shorts.
Where can I buy a flyboard for my own personal use? Do I have to own a certain kind of watercraft (PWC) to use with a flyboard?
No. Adapters are available to fit almost every make and model of sit down style PWC's.
Often people are surprised to be get out of the water and hover on their very first try. Most people are flying within the first 10 minutes but previous water-sport experience and good balance do help.
How deep of water should you be in to flyboard?
It is required that there be a minimum depth of 8 feet of water when flying at or below 15 feet, and a minimum depth of 12 feet of water when flying at heights of 15 feet and above.