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Flyboarding: The next new thing in water sports or just another fad

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The water sports enthusiasts that (WSET-TV) news reporter Katie Brooke interviewed at Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Virginia are convinced that “Flyboarding” is the next big deal. According to Brooke, “They're calling it the most exciting thing in water sports since the jet-ski.”

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What that means might be debatable, however, there are several undeniable certainties reported in Katie Brooke’s column. The first is “Flyboarding is a new phenomenon that flies you up in the air, propelled by water.” Second, “The flyboard is made in France and has been in existence for just two years. Third, “Wet Connections at Crazy Horse Marina just purchased one and has been using it for about a month now. Finally, Wet Connections at Crazy Horse Marina just purchased one and has been using it for about a month now.”

Cynthia Landrum, Co-owner of Wet Connection Boat Rentals confirms, “The fly board is the newest equipment in water sports.

Dalton Hodges, Certified Flyboard Instructor, explained "You can go about thirty feet in the air and as long as you maintain your balance you can stay up there for any amount of time”

Hodges added that since they began using the fly board in May they have done several demonstrations, and close to 10 people have tried it themselves.

The biggest thrill, according to Hodges is that "You look down and you see you're 30 feet in the air and you're just suspended by water not even cables or anything, it's really different. The sight really gets people talking."

Mike Reed and Brenda Watson are two of the “people talking.” Mr. Reed says that in all the years that he docked his boat at the marina, “He's never seen anything like it.”

Reed Added, "We actually rolled up on it a couple weeks ago when they were testing it and messing with it and it's something else to see, it's pretty cool.”

Brenda Watson first experienced flyboarding last year while on vacation in Cozumel, Mexico. “It was brand new. Nobody realized, when you see a guy floating up out of the water, you didn't really understand it.”

Now according to Watson “She can't believe the water sport is at Smith Mountain Lake.”

Watson is convinced "They will love it, it's something that really draws attention, because it's something we don't have here.”

"If you want to be up in the air, this is your chance to do it," according to Dalton Hodges.

The owners at Wet Connections say they wanted to make the sport affordable for anyone to try. Employees say at some other areas it costs $2000 rent a flyboard for 30 minutes.

At Smith Mountain Lake, you can go up for 30 minutes for just $50 dollars

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