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Aquatic Hoverboard Takes Surfers To The Skies

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After years of teases, French thrill-seeker Franky Zapata invents a water-jet-powered stunt board.

Amanda Johnstone
  • 23 june 2014

In 2010 Hovboard claimed they were inventing a real life Hoverboard, which turned out to be a guerrilla marketing campaign. In 2012, a report suggested toymaker Mattel could soon be releasing a replica of the gadget made famous by movie Back To The Future. In March of this year, Website Funny Or Die created a mock apology on video stating it was “Sorry for Lying about Hoverboards,” following up a huge viral video prank which enlisted the help of Christopher Lloyd, Tony Hawk, Terrell Owens, Moby and Billy Zane talking about a fake company called HUVr Tech.

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Finally the speculation is over. Hoverboard, the latest release from French serial innovator Franky Zapata, is now available for pre-order globally. The new combination of surfing and flying ensures thrill seekers hours of fun. Zapata, is best known for his invention the Flyboard, which was created in 2011.

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The Flyboard (pictured above) revolutionized water sports by creating a strap-on jet pack propulsion device. The pack is used in and above the water, allowing anyone to emulate an aquatic version of Iron Man.

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Like the Flyboard, the Hoverboard is a water-propelled device that allows the pilot to fly up to 5 meters above the surface. The device propels water at 40km/h which assists the driver to execute a multitude of freestyle tricks. Essentially, the Hoverboard is a small surf board that is attached to a jet ski. The board is made of carbon fiber, making it lightweight but also strong enough to safely re-enter the water at fast speeds.

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One US retailer is listing the Hoverboard complete kit at US$5850. If you have already purchased a Flyboard kit, you will only need to buy the board itself. The stand alone board is priced at US$2675. Zapata has designed the equipment to be compatible across both devices.

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Uptake is predicted to be huge. The newly released product is so in-demand, the product website zapata-racing.com has placed a disclaimer in its top banner letting visitors know the site may continue to overload from too much traffic.

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With the arrival of the water-based Hoverboard, we can only wonder how far away land-based boards may be?

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