Weird News 2014: Franky Zapata Hoverboard Makes Real-Life Flying Aquatic Action-Packed Video; New Flying Gadget Can Hit Speeds Of Up To 23 mph


Everybody wanted to fly at one point or another. These dreams are about to come true with our weird news 2014- a real-life Hoverboard beneath your feet!

French jet ski champion Franky Zapata is fulfilling many a flying fantasy this week with the release of an action-packed video introducing the Hoverboard, a new aquatic device that promises to take riders to new heights.

In the video, watch as people pull some truly spectacular stunts on the Hoverboard – swirling and spinning high above the ocean.

A cousin of the Flyboard (an aquatic board also invented by Zapata that propels riders into the air with the help of two water nozzles), the Hoverboard looks a little like a wakeboard except it’s attached to a single hose that propels it forward and upward with jets of water. According to the Verge, the Hoverboard can get up to speeds of around 23 miles per hour.

“If this is not the way you imagined a hoverboard would work, that’s OK. It might be time to accept that the future may be better than we first imagined it,” CNET wrote of Zapata’s new device, which goes on sale later this month.

The water-propelled hoverboard allows people to fly up to 16 ft (5 metres) above the surface of the water at speeds of up to 16mph (25km/h), as well as perform tricks including somersaults and spins.

The board’s agility has been demonstrated by popular YouTuber Devin Supertramp and his friends in Mexico.

It is attached to a hose and propelled by a powerful jet of water. The 59 ft (18 metre) hose is attached to a ‘personal water craft’, such as a speed boat, which has between 180 and 300 horsepower.

The hoverboard has one rider and can be used solo, but relies on a motor boat driver following the Hoverboard’s lead, unless a special attachment is used.

There are no height restrictions for riders, although the French company notes that people weighing more than 17 stone (110kg) may not get the full effect of the device.

Now all we need is some Hoverboard Quidditch, and our fantasies will truly be complete.

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