These Hydropropulsion Hoverboards Fly Over Water
Add this to the list of things you never knew existed but now desperately need.
There are plenty of water sports you can try each summer to have fun. These Hoverboards
take it a whole new level though. HOVERBOARD by ZR is is made of carbon fiber and take
your surfing to a whole new level. The complete kit has everything you need to get
started. But you may need to get a bolt and adapter mounting kit for your specific PWC.
These kits are not cheap, but no reason not to go for one if money is not an issue.
Jet ski and hydropropulsion extraordinaire, Franky Zapata, developed a Flyboard three
years ago where users could channel their inner dolphin nature to flit about the water.
Now, Zapata is back with a totally rad, gravity-defying Hoverboard that floats through
the air and looks so surreal. The Hoverboard contraption trails behind a boat for safety,
and gains propulsion above the water.
The surfboard counterpart is attached to a personal watercraft (PWC) that enables the
board to hover through the air. All propulsion is fed through a 60 ft hose that is
attached to the board through a nozzle connecting to the jet drive of a 100+ personal
Hoverboard. The board can rise up to 16 ft above the water’s surface and reach speeds up
to 15 mph/hr. Before developing the Flyboard, Zapata also developed various jet skis and
other nautical accoutrements.
Up to 2 users can ride the Flyboard, but solo use is also available with the Electronic
Management Kit that is connected to the PWC’s engine. To control the apparatus, the user
holds a handheld throttle to manipulate speed and height above the water.
The folks at Zapata Racing have been in the business of hydropropulsion products for
years. Early versions of the company's "Flyboard" looked like a cross between a fire
hose, a skateboard, and Iron Man's hand blasters. Later, "Pro Rider" iterations of the
Flyboard would do away with the hand stabilizers entirely, leaving the rider's hands free
to flash dudebro hand gestures at gawking onlookers!
But the "Flyboard" could never rightly be called a hoverboard. Its symmetrical shape and
the positioning of its underfoot propulsion system make it difficult to "ride" the board
laterally, the way we ride things like surf, skate, and snowboards. It's really more of a
hoverplatform. Or a hoverplank.
Zapata Racing's newest product, on the other hand, may be the closest anyone's come to
delivering on a real-life hoverboard. The company calls it (no beating around the bush
here) "The Hoverboard"!
Like the Flyboard, the Hoverboard's propulsion system is fed water through a 60-foot
hose, connected on its other end to the jet drive of a 100+ horsepower personal
watercraft, like a JetSki. Unlike the Flyboard, however, the Hoverboard's got that whole
directionality thing going for it, which lets you do things like this!
[Zapata Racing via Devinsupertramp] #Hoverboards #Technology #Hydropropulsion