Flyboarding the new craze at North Texas lakes

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 3:51 PM

LEWISVILLE -- The images are incredible. Thrill seekers say the experience is like no other. It's a craze taking over North Texas lakes.

You've probably heard of wakeboarding, but how about flyboarding?

It's the combination of a jet ski, a hose, and a lot of courage.

Two years after its invention in France, flyboarding has created a high-flying business in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It’s having an impact at Lewisville Lake and Lake Grapevine.

"As soon as I got up, I felt free," said Danny Braught, a flyboarder. "It's kind of like you're on top of the world."

Flyboarders say it's the closest thing to feeling like a super hero.

"You control how high you go, which way you can go and what you do," said Jeff Bordeau, a flyboarding instructor. "But you get to do it from up to 30 feet up in the air."

Here's how it works: a 40-foot fire hose attached to the flyboard connects with a personal watercraft. The thrust of the water that usually pushes the craft through the water now propels the flyboarder upwards to heights of 30 feet.

"As I start flying up into the air and then going from side-to-side and diving into the water and then coming back up, it's just an adrenaline rush," Braught said.

It costs about $200 for an hour of flyboarding, which includes 15 minutes of training.

"Crashing is a part of it," Bordeau said. "That's why in the beginning, we always keep you low."

The owners of Flyboard North Texas insist it's safe. They told us out of 1,000 customers who have flyboarded with them since they opened more than a year ago, they've yet to have a single injury.

"It doesn't really hurt," Bordeau said. "It's more like, you did it, you're coming up, you can do this, and you get right back up and do it again."

Patrons sign this waiver before flyboarding. The waiver says "this product requires skill and precision to properly use and presents a great risk of injury or death. Flyboarders agree not to file lawsuits if they're injured or killed."

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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