Riders propel water sport

BRIAN OLIVERSound Telegraph

If you see people flying in the air on a board off Rockingham beach today, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.

A new adventure sport, which the owner of Flyboard Rockingham claims to be the first of its kind in the State, will start operating on the waters of Cockburn Sound today.

Owner Nicholas Oakden said riders are attached to a board, which is connected to a jet ski, which powers the board out of the water.

“Flyboard is a board that attaches to a jet ski, a hose runs from the back of the jet ski where the water comes out and the propulsion of the jet ski powers the board through the hose,” he said. “Through the propulsion of the water, it goes through the hose, into the board and the board pushes you out of the water.

Mr Oakden said the person on the board had control of lifting themselves out of the water.

“The rider has all the control of the board and they just listen to instructions,” he said.

Mr Oakden said the longer people spent on the board, the higher they could propel themselves out of the water.

“It is something completely different, we are the first people to start it in WA,” he said. “The sensation you get when you are out on the water and you can move in any direction, it just feels awesome.”

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