San Diego Water Sports
The new jet powered sensations of flyboarding and hoverboarding are gaining more and more popularity around the globe. From Thailand to Texas, flyboarding and hoverboarding operations are springing up to fuel people’s innate desire to fly like an eagle and swim like a dolphin. Both fly the person out of the air but flyboarding and hoverboarding are quite different.

The flyboard and the hoverboard are both produced by Zapata Racing founded by Frank Zapata. They both also use the same technology to propel the rider. A Jetski is equipped with an adapter that allows a 60’ hose to be connected to the point where the propulsion from the jetki’s engine exits the watercraft. All the propulsion from the jetski surges through this hose to the rider. The concept in which the flier gets out of the water is similar but flyboarding and hoverboarding are quite different when it comes to how one flies.

The hoverboard resembles a long skateboard or snowboard. The rider’s feet are slipped into bindings that allow quick entry and exit. The rider is in a position similar to surfing while starting their flight and continue in this position for the flight. On the bottom of this board is a nozzle that is connected to the 60’ foot hose with a coupling containing ball bearings that allow the rider to do corkscrew flips without kinking the hose. The nozzle on the bottom of the board is parallel to the board which allows the propulsion from the jet ski to push the rider horizontally through the water and eventually through the air. There is a lot of forward movement with the hoverboard as the rider can actually reach speeds of 15 mph. This sport is amazing and starting to gain more traction but it takes a lot more athleticism than flyboarding. Because you can reach such speeds, this sport is not for novice board riders. You want to have some snowboarding or surfing experience to be safer and pick it up quicker.

The flyboard on the other hand does not require such experience. Obviously, people who do snowboard or surf pick up flyboarding much quicker.  In flyboarding, the equipment is set up and attached quite similarly to the hoverboard but instead of the nozzle being parallel with the board, it’s attached perpendicularly (more of a t shape if you can imagine). Therefore, you are in more of a hovering motion versus a surfing motion. You can do tricks with both boards but Flyboarding has been around much longer and therefore, professionals have had more time to expand on the amount of tricks one can do. In competitions, people are even landing triple backflips into 1080s. It’s unreal to see. Both the flyboard and hoverboard are a blast and if you want to try something new and exciting, give them both a whirl. We recommend starting with the flyboard and then moving into the hoverboard so you can get your balanace quicker as the flyboard is much easier to learn.