Sky’s the limit for thrillseek­ers this win­ter

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Peo­ple in Ex­mouth will soon be able to get air­borne in a whole new way, with a West Aus­tralian fly board and wa­ter­sports hire com­pany rolling into town for the win­ter.

Ger­ald­ton-based Ul­ti­mate Wa­ter­sports has chased the sun up to Ex­mouth for the cooler months to cap­i­talise on the re­gion’s year-round aquatic life­style.

The com­pany hires out fly­boards, jet packs, jet­skis, pad­dle­boards, tubes, kayaks, hy­dro­foils and other wa­ter­sports gear from Town Beach next to the ma­rina. Ul­ti­mate Water­sport di­rec­tor Lind­say Can­non said fly­board­ing of­fered a sense of free­dom which was hard to repli­cate else­where.

“You can go so high, you get beau­ti­ful views and you have a lot of ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity,” he said.

“When you prac­tise enough you re­ally do feel like a su­per­hero fly­ing around.

“If you want to do it, it is for al­most any­one re­gard­less of height, weight, strength or ath­letic abil­ity.”

Mr Can­non said new­com­ers could book a 40-minute learnto-fly pack­age, and most peo­ple could stand up and fly within three-five min­utes of be­ing in the wa­ter af­ter learn­ing the ropes.

“We want to make Ul­ti­mate Wa­ter­sports the No.1 venue for wa­ter­sports Aus­trali­aw­ide,” he said.

“I think this will be a bit of a game-changer for the in­dus­try.”

The busi­ness started op­er­at­ing in Ger­ald­ton last year af­ter a lengthy ap­provals process.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ul­ti­mate Wa­ter­sports di­rec­tor Lind­say Can­non rides a fly­board as Colby El­liott watches from a jet­ski.

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