The inventor of the Flyboard Air, Franky Zapata set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight. He completed his flight early Saturday in the South of Franch. Zapata successfully rode his Flyboard Air hoverboard more than 2,252 feet more than doubling the previous record of just over 900 feet set by Canadian Catalin Alexandru Duru last year.
During his record-breaking flight, 37-year-old Zapata rose 50 meters above the surface of the ocean at Sausset-les Pins on a futuristic hoverboard developed by his own company Zapata Racing, followed by a fleet of jet skis and boats and watched by a crowd of about 200 people.
The hoverboard is claimed to be able to reach a maximum height of 10,000 feet and have a maximum speed of about 93 miles per hour.
Sofia Grenache, an adjudicator from Guinness World Records was on hand to officiate the flight and quickly confirmed that Zapata and his board complied with the record’s rules and reached a historic distance.
In a press conference following his successful attempt, an excited Zapata said that it had been a life’s work.
A video of a test flight went viral, with more than 3 million YouTube views and many comments wondering if the hoverboard was real. The Flyboard Air is, in fact, a real device that uses an ‘Independent Propulsion Unit’ to fly hose free – unlike the original Flyboard which connects to a jet ski or boat turbine using a long hose.
This is not Zapata’s first record-breaking feat, he’s previously held the record for most backflips with a water jet pack in one minute. That record of 26 flips was beaten last year by Liu He of China, who flipped 27 times.
Zapata has said that he dreams of the day he can fly his hoverboard to work, and also believes that it may help the military and security forces combat terrorism and respond to emergencies in densely populated areas.
Trish is a freelance writer/editor and has been writing in the technical field for the past 5 years. She particularly enjoys keeping her fingers on the pulse and learning about new technologies as they are developed.