September 22, 2015 - 8:00 PM
'A LOT OF PEOPLE COMPARE IT TO SUPERHEROES LIKE IRON MAN, AND THAT’S HONESTLY WHAT IT’S LIKE. YOU FEEL ON TOP OF THE WORLD'
VERNON - It’s a cutting edge water sport straight out of the Jetsons, and some of Canada’s top athletes are bringing their futuristic stunts to Kalamalka Lake this week.
Team CanFly, a group of professional flyboarders working their way to the World Cup in Dubai, will be on Kal Lake over the next few days putting on shows and setting a new record for the number of flyboarders gathered on Canadian water.
Mike Prince, who runs Canadian Jetpack Adventures Kelowna, is part of CanFly’s seven-man team and says they’ll be on the lake on Wednesday and Thursday, starting around noon and running into the evenings both days. The team expects to be doing their stunts in the area of Juniper Bay and invites curious onlookers to stop by.
“If you’re in the area you won’t miss us,” Prince says.
Flyboarding may seem like a blast from the future, but it’s actually been around for several years, Prince says.
“It truly is just a unique, exhilarating feeling,” Prince says. “A lot of people compare it to superheroes like Iron Man, and that’s honestly what it’s like. You feel on top of the world.”
Flyboards are attached to personal water crafts like jet skis via hoses, and use the watercraft’s power to propel water through the board. This week on Kal Lake, spectators will see athletes propel themselves 40 to 50 feet in the air, where they’ll do flips and other tricks.
Prince says there’s already a global record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest congregation of flyboarders, but there hasn’t been a record set on Canadian waters yet.
“We thought it would be cool to set the record on Canadian waters,” Prince says. “We’ll be up there hovering around, there will be tons of neat tricks happening.”
There will also be an LED and laser light show in the evening. For more information, you can contact Team CanFly. Anyone interested in trying out the sport can contact Canadian Jetpack Adventures.
“The biggest misconception is that it’s hard to learn, and it’s not,” Prince says.
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