Is it a bird, Is it a dolphin?
If you happen to be walking on the beach around Pigeon Island and catch a glimpse of someone flying through the air with jets on their feet, don't worry, you aren't hallucinating in the tropical sun - it's just Flyboarding, and it's the latest hi-tech watersport to hit Saint Lucia. The Flyboard attaches to any jet ski and once attached you can fly like Iron Man. We have all dreamed of flying, now it is possible with Sea Spray Cruises, supplier of the new and exciting Zapata Flyboard.
Flyboarding is the ultimate water toy and next big watersports craze. Using a jet ski for power, the flyboard uses water jets for precision flying through the air or water. Whether dolphin diving, backflipping or simply taking in the scenery from a completely new perspective, flyboarding is a completely unique experience.
Technically, the Flyboard is an accessory that attaches to the jet discharge of a Personal Watercraft (let’s call it a jetski) and uses the jet discharge of the jetski to propel the device through the air and water. Realistically speaking, the Flyboard is a thousand gallons of water per minute, at over 60 PSI and almost 400 pounds lift of pure adrenaline pumping, heart pounding, eye catching fun!
The brainchild of French Jet Ski Racer Franky Zapata, the FlyBoard was first developed in 2011 and made its way to the United States in the Spring of 2012. Since then, it has taken the watersports world by storm.
The Flyboard is connected to the jetski by a 55-foot long, 4” diameter fire hose that can propel the pilot over 35 feet above or below the surface of the water. Although some people might refer to it as a water jetpack, the pilot is actually secured onto the board with wakeboard-style bindings and is being propelled from below. While the pilot of the Flyboard is in complete control of the navigation, the operator on the jetski is in control of the throttle.
But the best thing about Flyboarding, is that almost anyone can do it.
Find your balance and you will be flying like a bird or swimming through the water like a dolphin! Approximately 5 to 15 minutes are needed to learn the basics of the Flyboard with a certified instructor. It takes no time to master the maneuvers and understand the operation of the Flyboard. Then you will be able to take off from the water and enjoy your superhero experience!
The staff of Sea Spray Cruises are a knowledgeable and friendly lot, with a keen eye for safety at all times, and state of the art equipment in the form of the Zapata Racing Flyboard. You need to be a reasonable swimmer, confident in the water, minimum age 18 with a sense of adventure and you're ready to take to the ocean in a unique new way.
Tropical Traveller's own Adventurous Alana took to Flyboarding like the proverbial duck to water, and was soon getting impressive height between her boots and the waves. Afterwards, she was incredibly excited: "Fly boarding! What an experience. It doesn't require much skill or practice to get the hang of it, which was great! Within the first 10 minutes I was able to get up there and hover for as long as 20 seconds."
"Flyboarding is a simple concept: you just place your feet in the boots provided which are attached to the tube which pushes the water out to propel you. I was told to lay on my stomach and let the water push and guide me, and when the water started gushing out at full force, bring my legs down and into a standing position while keeping my knees locked and legs straight!
"At that moment it was all about balance and hovering over the water. It was very cool! I felt like I was flying or walking on water! There are many tricks that can be done with flyboarding like backflips in the air, jumping out of the water like a dolphin and even changing direction. These need practice, but I'm assured they can be easily done and I am confident with a few more sessions I will be able to do some stunts!”
Contact Sea Spray Cruises from 9am-5pm at Rodney Bay Marina to book your Flyboarding experience or call (758) 458 0123. Book online at www.seaspraycruises. com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.