The Most Extreme Summer Sports: Flyboarding

These sports aren't necessarily deadly, but they certainly instill an imminent sense of death—which is what makes them so thrilling and why we can't look away.

Aug 7, 2013
Outside Magazine

The intense sport of flyboarding.    Photo: Courtesy of Zapata Racing

As Tour de France racers sped across the island of Corsica this summer, men on what appeared to be jet powered hovercrafts performed barrel rolls and flips above the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The acrobatics were powered by Flyboards, which use a personal watercraft’s propulsion system to rocket users 30 feet into the air or plunge them below the water’s surface. The device was unveiled in 2011 by a champion jet ski racer from France, Franky Zapata, and those who’ve ridden a Flyboard say it makes them feel like a superhero, defying the limitations of humanity.

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