Farthest flight by hoverboard record is broken by French jet skier

Video: Farthest flight by hoverboard record is broken by French jet skier

Published 05 May 2016

Last weekend in the south of France, jet-ski champion Franky Zapata flew into the record books on a real jet-powered hoverboard!
 
Zooming through the air for a breath-taking 2,252 m (7,388 ft), Franky smashed the Guinness World Records title for the Farthest flight by hoverboard.
 

He broke the previous record of 275.9 m (905 ft 2 in) which was set last year by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru.
 
Farthest flight by hoverboard attempt

 
Franky's aircraft is called the Flyboard® Air and was created by his company Zapata Racing. The Flyboard Air is powered by jet engine propulsion.
 
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During his record-breaking flight, 37-year-old Franky was 50 m above water and was followed by a group of boats and jet skis.
 
Zapata Racing hoverboard main

 
However, Zapata Racing claim that the aircraft can actually reach a maximum height of 10,000 ft, with a maximum speed of 150 kph (93 mph)! It can stay in the air for up to ten minutes.
 
Farthest flight by hoverboard adjudicator

Guinness World Records adjudicator Sofia Greenacre (pictured above), attended the record attempt to confirm that the hoverboard adhered to the rules of the record title.
    
Farthest flight by hoverboard journey

 
Franky had previously set the record for Most backflips with a water jet pack in one minute during an attempt for the CBBC TV show ’Officially Amazing' at L'Estaque in Marseille, France back in 2014. His record of 26 was beaten last August by Liu He of China in Beijing, who managed an impressive 27 flips (pictured below).
 
Most backflips with a water jet pack in one minute

 
Did you know...? In January 2006, Hammacher Schlemmer & Company, Inc. (USA) announced the release of the first ever hoverboard. The Levitating Hover Scooter hovers a few inches (around 10 cm) above the ground on a powerful cushion of air and has a top speed of 24 km/h (15 mph) - the Fastest levitating hover scooter. The rider controls the direction by transferring body weight, and modifies the engine/fan speed by levers on the handlebars. The whole package costs $17,000 (£9,700), and the 5-litre (1-gallon) engine provides up to one hour’s worth of travel.
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