The Flyboard was invented in Autumn 2012 by a French water-craft rider, Franky Zapata.
What a very rock and roll name.
The design allows the device to literally jettison out of the water and be stable in the air. Well, stable-ish.
There is nothing in my DNA – no matter how many past lives I sift through – that would propel me towards any adventure sport but flyboarding could well be the first to get the red buzzer.
However my Colombian friend is a rocket with his pockets packed with adrenalin, so there we were standing on a baking beach in Cartagena at 2pm on a Wednesday, preparing for him to take flight.
And fly he did; after only twenty or so full body slams into the sea the man found air.
I have to admit, the experience looked incredible. I ruined most of the videos I took of him with squeals and expletives.
I mean, who doesn’t want to fly, at least in their dreams?
According to Jeffrey Sumber, a psychotherapist who knows about these things, dreams about flying are extremely common. However, they are more common in adult males than other segments of the population.
“Often times, men in today’s world negotiate issues regarding freedom,” explains Sumber. “There is great pressure to perform at work, at home, in the bedroom, financially, athletically, socially, and more and more, emotionally. Thus, it has become fairly common for many males to confront their feelings about this pressure as well as their relationship to the underlying desire to be free, by working it out in flying dreams”.
Or on a FlyBoard perhaps.
My friend raved about the experience; he felt like Ironman at times apparently – super human abilities at his feet for a moment in time. A whole lot better than chasing dreams I reckon.