Extreme Rush Aqua Sports
By Robin Jay
Adrenaline-rush junkies are soaring to new heights in sci-fi-like water propulsion contraptions that would make Jacques Cousteau blush. Check them out:
Renowned French jet-ski designer and Zapata Race Team founder, Franky Zapata is the inventor of Flyboard – a wakeboard on steroids. Connected to two flexible 18-meter pipes and linked to a jet-ski turbine, this novel aquatic thrill contraption soars up to 10 meters above the water’s surface. Nozzles beneath the user’s feet ensure 90 percent of the propulsion. Pipes affixed to the user’s forearms sport two water jets that provide virtually perfect equilibrium as ski poles.
Zapata says the height a Flyboarder can achieve depends on the power of the jet-ski propelling it. For example, with 150 horsepower, a user can reach up to 6 meters in height and with 250 horsepower, heights of up to 12 meters can be attained.
“The Flyboard intuitive use provides exceptional sensations from the first use,” said Zapata, whose racing team has earned the ultimate title: The RUN F1 World Championship Winner. “After only a few minutes, the user can move underwater like a dolphin and challenge the gravity like a superman.”
If you’d like to explore a new way of surfing, Zapata has another innovation that launched just last June: The Hoverboard. An exhilarating experience combining both the thrill of flying and surfing, Zapata’s latest invention is a surfboard attached to a personal watercraft that gives it a blast into the air. “The propulsion is routed through the primary nozzle attached to the board user,” Zapata explained.
“The thrust from the personal watercraft (PWC) is routed though an 18 meter hose up the
Hoverboard, where the rider can enjoy an amazing sensation. Then the PWC follows behind the rider, giving freedom to surf amongst the waves.”
The Hoverboard can reach highs up to 5 meters and speeds of to 40KM/h. More information about both the Hoverboard and its new sister product Flyboard is available at www.zapata-racing.com or by calling the factory in France at +33 (0) 491696932.
Bringing “underwater flight” to waterways around the globe, the Seabreacher by Innespace Productions is a submersible watercraft that pushes to limits of what water sports enthusiasts can achieve: Diving, jumping, rolling, porpoising, aquabatic stunts – all “within the security and comfort of a dry, sealed cockpit.”
Unlike conventional watercraft that operate on a two-dimensional plane, inventors Rob Innes and Dan Piazza say the Seabreacher operates more like an
aircraft with a full three-axis of control. “This allows the vessel to carve left and right, jump over, dive under, and cut though the waves,” Innes said. “The acrylic canopy and underwater view ports give both the pilot and passenger a near 360-degree view as they fly through the water at breathtaking speed.”
Each Seabreacher is hand-constructed to the customer’s desired specifications. Available in Dolphin style J model, Shark style X model, or the Killer Whale Y model, each Seabreacher is a unique creation. “The organic lines of the vessel’s sculpted body present an unforgettable sight, like the twisted union of a marine mammal and a high performance fighter jet,” said Piazza. Innes agreed, “Anywhere you go, be prepared to draw a crowd.”
For more information about Seabreacher submersible watercraft, go to www.Seabreacher.com