Have you ever wanted to strap on a jet pack and fly through the air like a Super Hero? Well, you can come pretty close if you don’t mind a tether to the ground, err, water.
Flyboarding is a fairly new sport that involves riding on a board that’s connected to a jet ski via an 80-foot fire hose. The board flys by harnessing the power of the jet ski, making the watercraft immobile, allowing the flyboarder to boost several feet out of the water.
“It’s kind of like Aquaman meets Iron Man,” said Stuart Maas, director of sales, marketing and I.T. for TahoeSports.com, adding. “The sky is the limit with these things.”
Flyboard Tahoe Sports, a new company created under Ski Run Boat Company, is the first to offer flyboarding in Tahoe. It opened for business on the Fourth of July with two Flyboards.
“One guy came out with a group on Monday,” Junkin said. “He was up in under five minutes.”
Water Skiers, Snowboarders and skateboarders have a definite advantage over others due to the stability as balance is absolutely required to stay up on the Flyboard.
Once in flight, flyboarders can do any number of maneuvers, including diving in and out of the water like a dolphin, pulling off back flips like a pro or just gliding through the air like Iron Man.
Back flips may be out of most beginners’ skill level, but novices might be surprised how fast they can pick up the sport.
Since the sport is relatively new, Maas said the company is catering to first-timers, and he wants them to know it’s easier to get going then they might think.
“It’s the first-time experience,” he said. “That’s what we’re all about.”
Introductory lessons cost $149 per person for 10 minutes of instruction and 20 minutes of flight time, but advanced lessons can also be purchased for $229 per person for 10 minutes of instruction and 50 minutes of flight time.
A group package for up to four people is available for $499 with 10 minutes of instruction and 110 minutes of flight time shared by the entire group.
Lessons can be reserved through Ski Run Boat Company, which can be contacted at (530) 544-0200. For more information, visit www.flyboardtahoesports.com.
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