Man Sets Record For Farthest Hoverboard Flight (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Franky Zapata flying on his hoverboardFranky Zapata flying on his hoverboard

Franky Zapata set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight on April 30 with a thrilling ride off the coast of Sausset-les-Pins, France (video below).

Zapata, a 37-year-old French jet ski champion, rode his hoverboard for 7,388 feet as people on jet skis followed and filmed him, reports The Verge.

Zapata broke the former world record of 905 feet, 2 inches set by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru in 2015.

Zapata invented his hoverboard, the Flyboard Air, which can fly up to 10 minutes without a hose, fly as far as 10,000 feet, and travel as fast as 93 miles per hour, according to Zapata's company, Zapata Racing.

Some 200 people watched Zapata take off from a platform and get as high as 100 feet during his record-breaking trip.

"I just dreamed that five years ago, but nobody believed it was possible and today to see that we realize our dream is just one of the best moments of my life," Zapata told Guinness World Records afterwards, notes

"It's an amazing sensation, it's really peaceful," Zapata added, according to The Verge. "I open my arms because it helps me control my movements, but when you open your hands and you feel the wind go through your hand and you have nothing under your feet — it's hard to describe, really. You have to experience this moment in your life."

Zapata told The Verge earlier in April that the Flyboard Air took four years to build, and it has four 250-horsepower turbo engines that run on kerosene; the kerosene sits in a tank that is strapped to Zapata's back. There is a hand remote that controls the throttle.

Zapata's record-setting ride was only two months after the first successful run of the Flyboard Air, and he only had about two hours of experience flying the device before his attempt to break the record.

Zapata Racing is building a smaller version for consumers, which will allow riders to stay seated during a fight.

"If people are able to fly like this, they can be some kind of superhuman," Zapata told The Verge on April 30. "And they can help save people in this completely mad world."

Sources: The Verge, / Photo Credit: Amar Toor/YouTube

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