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Have you ever been on vacation in a tropical location or at a lake and seen someone soaring above the water strapped on a futuristic hoverboard with water jets blasting underneath them? If so, you’ve witnessed a part of the rise of a new form of personal water transport: the water hoverboard. Keep reading to learn more about the best hoverboards and how these fun and unique toys work. However, if your hoverboard doesn’t meet your needs, you can read our article on hoverboard return policies. Alternatively, if you are the curious type, you can read about the original hoverboard brand name.
If you’ve ever been interested in trying out a water hoverboard, then you’ve come to the right place. While their overall operation may seem simple, there’s much more that goes into using a water hoverboard than you may think.
A water hoverboard is just what it sounds like. These fun toys are essentially wakeboards with two water jets attached to the bottom that propels the rider into the air. They can reach as high as 16 feet and give you speeds up to 16 miles per hour.
You may have heard water hoverboards called flyboards, or vice versa. These terms can be used interchangeably, and most people will know what you’re talking about. However, for most people familiar with the sport, a flyboard is considered the “standard” version, where your feet are strapped in, and the water jets are on the bottom of the board, pointed down. A hoverboard is more akin to a snowboard or surfboard experience, where your feet aren’t strapped in and the water jets propel from the back of the board. The two versions provide different experiences and allow for different techniques and tricks.
Tip: These terms can be used interchangeably, and most people will know what you’re talking about
Warning: The two versions provide different experiences and allow for different techniques and tricks
Now that you have a good idea of what a water hoverboard and flyboard are, it’s time to learn how they work. Again, while it all may seem easy on a surface level, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. They certainly operate differently than their land-bound hoverboard counterparts.
First of all, it’s helpful to understand what kind of equipment is needed to make a water hoverboard work. If you’ve ever watched someone ride on a flyboard, you’ve seen them wearing all the classic water safety equipment, including a helmet and life jacket. These are important for rider safety and often required for a rider to wear.
If you’ve watched a careful eye, you’ve also probably noticed that every flyboard rider is accompanied by someone on a jet ski (also called a personal watercraft, or PWC). You have also probably noticed a tube coming from the bottom of the board. The combination of jet ski and tube is what provides power to the flyboard.
As mentioned in the previous sections, a flyboard can fly into the air thanks to the water jets found on the bottom of the board. These water jets are powered by the accompanying jet ski. The tube on the bottom of the board connects to the jet ski’s water turbine. When the jet ski operator increases the throttle on the jet ski, the water hoverboard receives more power. In most cases, the hoverboard rider cannot control the power, but there are some kits that allow for rider control.
When it comes to controlling the direction of the flyboard, the rider is in complete control. You’ll use your feet and overall balance to control the direction in which the board moves. If you point your toes up, it will angle the board so the water jets are pointing forward, which will move you backward. Similarly, you can point your toes down to move forward. This can take a lot of practice, so be aware that you won’t be perfect from the start. Once you get the hang of the controls, you will be able to do some fun stuff, like regular hoverboard tips and tricks.
Tip: You’ll use your feet and overall balance to control the direction in which the board moves
Warning: This can take a lot of practice, so be aware that you won’t be perfect from the start
In general, water hoverboards are very safe, but only as long as you follow the directions and safety rules of the instructor. Your helmet and life jacket protect you from most water-related injuries, and the jet ski operator keeps a safe distance from you during the operation. Also, be sure to know the latest hoverboard laws so that you can ensure you and everyone around you are safe.
Warning: but only as long as you follow the directions and safety rules of the instructor
13.6% of United States citizens participate in water sports every year. (Source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/988079/water-sports-participants-us/)