Photo credit: Port Maguide Biscarrosse
When I woke up this morning, I didn't know that in a few hours I would be strapping a jet pack onto my feet and hurtling straight up in the air. But let me tell you, I had one of the coolest thrills of my life, and I can't wait to try flyboarding again.
Flyboarding? What is that?
I had never heard of it until today. We were driving across the Lake Lewisville Bridge and out of the corner of my eye, I saw something odd in the distance. It looked like a person being catapulted upward with jets of water coming out of their feet. I had to get a closer look.
Flyboarding is a relatively new "extreme" watersport which originated in France and is becoming a new craze around the world. The appeal is obvious: it's an amazing, thrilling experience and it's easy. It's safe too, for ages 12 and up. Little or no skill is needed. Just a quick lesson to learn the feel of the board and how to use the controls and 10 minutes later, you are flying! Beginners typically start by hovering just a bit over the water, maybe 5-10 feet. As you gain experience, though, you can get higher and higher. More experienced flyers hit heights of up to 30 feet and can do some very cool tricks. > Watch this fun flyboarding video
Flyboards are fairly simple devices -- essentially, a pair of jetski boots, attached to a board and powered by water pressure. A hose connects the board to the motor of a jet ski, which provides the power to rocket the board upwards. It lets you fly, straight up vertically, like Iron Man. With a little practice, you can also leap headfirst through the waves like a dolphin.
Imagine the sheer exhilaration of rocketing high above the water's surface. In only seconds, you are flying!!! It is amazing! I can't even compare it to any other activity I've done before. You just HAVE to try this for yourself.
There are flyboarding locations all around Texas. In the south, you'll find lots of options along the gulf coast beaches. Further inland, look for large lakes that offer water activities.
Prices vary widely, but on average, an hour of flyboarding, including instructions, will run you approximately $200. Some places offer discounts for multiple riders and groups. Others have coupons or Groupons available. I would suggest calling and inquiring about any available promotions before going. I'd also urge you to make a reservation. While I was able to just drive up spontaneously and get a spot, you may not be as lucky.
Add this one to your bucket list! Whether you make it part of a memorable Texas vacation or simply a weekend adventure, it's sure to be an adrenalin rush you won't forget!
Here is a list of just a few options around Texas to try this incredible activity.
Flyboard North Texas - Lake Grapevine, Lake Ray Hubbard and others in Dallas/FW area
Flyboard Nation - Lewisville Lake, Frisco
South Texas Flyboard - Lake Conroe, Montgomery
Max Pro Water Sports - Corpus Christi
Flyboard South Padre - South Padre Island
Extreme Water Sports - Galveston
Hydrofly of Central Texas - Lake Belton
Austin Flyboard – Lake Travis