Flyboarders grounded after Hillarys refusal

Flyboards won’t be seen off Hillarys after the council refused a request to allow their use.
Flyboards won’t be seen off Hillarys after the council refused a request to allow their use.

An aerial freestyle device, or flyboard, is a jet-propulsion unit, powered by a jet ski, that is strapped to a rider’s feet.

The rider stands on the board, connected by a 16m hose to the jet ski, and water is forced through the hose to the board and down two jet nozzles which propels the rider up and around.

Riders can propel themselves into the air and underwater while those more experienced can perform flips and twists.

A commercial operator recently received approval from the DoT and the City of Rockingham to operate 100m out from the Rockingham foreshore in an area 200m wide along the coast and 80m farther out to sea.

The DoT requested an area to the north of Hillarys Boat Harbour that is 100m offshore, 300m wide along the coast and 100m farther out to sea.

A council report to its May meeting said the proposed location would conflict with existing users, including the Hillarys Yacht Club and TS Marmion Navy Cadet unit, organised events such as triathlons and other recreational uses like boating and fishing.