Thrilling enterprise begins on the fly

Nick Oakden with a flyboard (left) and a flyboarder in action (right) Main picture: Louise White d413597
Nick Oakden with a flyboard (left) and a flyboarder in action (right) Main picture: Louise White d413597

Flyboarding has taken off in the eastern states and after seeing it for himself on YouTube and not being able to find anywhere in the Perth metro area to try it, Safety Bay resident Nick Oakden decided to change that.

‘I actually bought the board before I’d even tried it out,’ the owner/operator of Flyboard Rockingham said.

‘I knew that was a risk, but I also knew I’d be able to pick it up and I’m so glad I did because it’s an awesome experience.’

The flyboard was invented in 2011 by French jet ski racer and inventor Franky Zapata and involves the rider standing on a board that is connected via a long hose to a watercraft.

The water is then routed to a pair of boots with jet nozzles underneath which provide thrust and allow the rider to fly up to 15m into the air or dive headfirst through the water.

Mr Oakden said it looked as spectacular as it sounded.

‘People see us from the foreshore, they’ll be walking along and then stop in amazement because they’ve never seen anything like it before,’ he said. ‘Everyone who sees it wants to ask questions and we’ve had a good response already.’

Flyboard Rockingham offers bookings for half an hour, an hour, half a day or a full day of flyboarding, and operates from Rockingham foreshore.