Flyboarding 101: Here’s What You Should Know
Wanna fly over water?
by Shen Mascariñas | April 04, 2016
Here’s the single answer to your fantasies of becoming Iron Man, Poseidon or even a dolphin. Behold flyboarding—the most epic water sport that allows you to fly from, breeze through and do tricks over water.
How excited are you?! With flyboarding, unlimited water tricks await your adventurous spirit.
First, you’ll need to get your hands on a flyboard. At first glance, a flyboard looks a lot similar to the bindings of a wakeboard. Watch it in action, however, and you’ll find that flyboarding is a whole new level of intensity.
The contraption is made up of a pair of rocket boots attached to a hover board, powered by water jets under the device. The flyboard is attached to a personal watercraft (PWC), also known as water scooter. The PWC’s throttle controls the device power, which also sets how high or low and which direction the flyboard goes.
The flyboard lets you soar up to 40 feet above the water. You can also dive deep and stay underwater for as long as you can. When you need to grasp some air, jump like a dolphin or make a flying, Iron Man entrance from the sea.
A flyboard can be used in tow modes. First, the PWC rider will control the PWC throttle, thus controlling the power and height of the flyboard rider as well. On the other hand, the flyboard rider can go solo through a Electronic Management Kit. With this accessory, the flyboard rider can control the PWC throttle and determine his own movement.
Flyboarding in the Philippines
Beach bums and adrenaline junkies, rejoice! From French soil, flyboarding has already reached Philippine shores. You can flyboard in Boracay, Cebu, Subic, Puerto Galera and even as near as Batangas. Prices may vary depending on the resort, but prepare around PHP4,000 to PHP6,000 for 15 to 30 minutes of epic water flying. That fee usually comes with a certified instructor.
Before you tread as if you had Poseidon’s immortality, arm yourself with safety gadgets. Flyboarders are required to wear a personal flotation device and a helmet.
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