KUDOS to the action scene of Bang Bang, where Hrithik Roshan suddenly springs out of the water on what looked like a water jetpack; honestly it was the only thing that caught my eye in the movie (the rest of the film was UGH!). Anyways! This sinister little machine grabbed my attention and all I wanted to do was to find out if anything like this actually exists and to my good luck IT DOES!
Scene from the movie Bang Bang (Photo Courtesy @ Youtube.com)
So, it is called a flyboard and it has been the newest invention in the league of adventure water sports. It was invented by Franky Zapata (a famous Jetski Racer in France) in 2011 and it is combination of jetski and jetpack. A flyboard is attached to a jet ski by a hose that pumps water to send it as high as 15 metres in the air, enabling riders to make dolphin-like maneuvers and dive under water from a great height. The rider is supposed to use his feet to control the direction in which the board travels and their hands to keep it stable.
Since its invention, flyboarding has been gaining in popularity all over the world. Annually, Flyboard Championships are being held in Qatar, in which a large number of adventure freaks from Thailand, USA, France and Holland participate. In India, it is a new-found love for the tourists to Goa, where flyboarding can be enjoyed on Baina Beach. This adventure water sports was introduced in November 2012 and is now gradually attracting adventure buffs. Learning to ride the flyboard is a daunting task; however with practice one is able to perform diving, precision flying, flying underwater and aerobatics like spins, back flips, twists and dolphin swimming.
Well, I am going to try my hand at this newly introduced water sport whenever I will be in Goa and I hope you do the same thing as well. Let’s also hope that India also wins a medal for us in the Flyboard Championship ONE DAY!