Monday, 20 March 2017

Flyboarding in Reunion

Ever heard of a Flyboard? A type of jetpack supplies propulsion to drive a 'board' through and above water to perform a sport known as flyboarding. It was invented in 2012 by a French water-craft rider, Franky Zapata. 

pre-activity briefing with Jean-Luc Gilquin

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 m in the air.

The design allows the device to climb out of the water and be more or less stable in the air using underfoot propulsion and hand stabilisation. 

The Flyboard is buoyant for safety, which also allows the rider to rest in the water between rides. 

In Reunion the activity is run by Jean-Luc Gilquin at the Colosse Park in Saint André, where there's one of the island's few inland bodies of water suitable for this type of activity. (It can't be done over the sea due to the water sports ban currently in place in Reunion due to the shark situation).

you can see the hose clearly in this photo

In the photos you can see my husband, with the results after about 15-20 minutes of getting used to the device.

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