2015 XDubai Hoverboard Race – A Hydroflight First!
The track was set up with large inflated buoys and a number of athletes made attempts at balancing speed, control and occasional tricks as they raced against the clock. Pro Hydroflight athletes Andrew Hickey, Jordan Fabro, Cooper Riggs, Mike Prince and Hoverboard inventor Franky Zapata participated in these first Hoverboard race demonstrations. There were a few wicked falls but it was the most unspectacular spill that tore ligaments in Mike Prince’s ankle resulting in a cast. The finals came down to Cooper Riggs versus Franky Zapata and in a very close race Franky took first place while simultaneously stirring peoples imaginations as to what role Hoverboarding could play in future competitions.
It was interesting to watch the body positioning needed to maximize the forward speed and it might be interesting to add elements that require riders to go vertical as well as race along the surface of the water. Perhaps a capture the flag type of challenge as they make their way around the course. I think Hoverboard racing will definitely take another leap forward in entertainment value with side by side competitors, which was Franky’s vision for it. This demonstration was the launching pad for the Hoverboard’s inclusion in upcoming Hydroflight events.
Here Franky Zapata shows off the perfect body position for maximizing forward speed on the straight stretches of a Hoverboard Race. (Amazing photos courtesy of our friends at Fullgaz.com )
Franky Zapata preparing to corner around a buoy.
Pic below courtesy of Mike Dear of WetJets
Cooper Riggs placed a very close second to Hoverboard inventor Franky Zapata.
Jordan Fabro placed 4th in the race and at times to his line to great heights.
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Check out Pro Hydroflight athletes Cooper Riggs and Derek Crespi putting on a Hoverboard demo during the 2015 North American Flyboard World Cup.
This is Franky Zapata demoing the Hoverboard back at the 2014 North American Flyboard Championship in Toronto, Canada.