Francois Rigaud and his Atlantic Flyboard crew occasionally hit the road, seeking new and inspiring locations to fly. They have been cool enough to share their tales of adventure with all of us… so enjoy the first of hopefully many Atlantic Flyboard Adventures. We are also very excited to see Cooper Riggs fly as part of the Flyboard North American Championship this Friday – Sunday in Toronto, Ontario CANADA.
Flyboarding the Mangrove
Recently Pro Flyboarder Cooper Riggs (Ranked 2nd in the World) and the Atlantic Flyboard crew embarked on a road trip to the Florida Keys, with the purpose of finding a new location with crystal clear water and sandy beaches. Well, none of that was there but they still had plenty of fun and got in some very good practice.
After some debate and friends who had no precise recommendations the crew simply said ‘Head South!’ Grabbing the latest version of navigational charts for their iPad and keeping in mind Flyboarding requires a minimum depth of 10 feet to be totally safe, they decided to go half way to the keys: Islamorada!
The road down there is pretty nice, especially around the everglades park and then when you start getting in the keys the water gets more and more turquoise.
Upon arriving at Islamorada, they spotted two little islands that seemed quite inviting and launched their Yamaha FX SHO equipped with an essential Zapata Racing Quick nozzle (you know, that thing that allows you to switch from Jet Ski to Flyboard within seconds) and began their search for the perfect spot. Navigation was apparently pretty hazardous as they often found themselves in inches of water. So, you really need to know your markers.
No sandy beaches or crystal clear water to be found but the Mangrove did give you that, a gators gonna get you vibe, so couple that with the small Hammerhead shark spotted by Cooper and you’ve got their first exotic location. Everyone was just happy to have a change from the Fort Lauderdale scenery. Armed with only their Waverunner, Flyboard and mobile photographic headquarters (an inflatable inner tube) they setup their base camp within the Mangroves which consisted of hammocks, folding chairs and Bluetooth speakers.
Flyboarding the Keys
As soon as they got set, David jumped on the ski while Cooper Riggs was putting his bindings on. Then the show began. Double backflips, 720 combinations with backflips, reverse backflips, the entire Flyboard Trick repertoire was executed successfully. It was really magical to fly on a deserted island. Everything took on a whole new dimension.
Then How do you fit 5 people, and a flyboard on one ski so you could run to the ramp that was about a couple miles across before dawn after a sunset session? No one wanted to stay there overnight, god knows what kind of animals might show up at night so we fit 2 in the tube and 3 on the ski, all that at full speed through the shallow waters of the keys.
On the next day we set out at 5am in order to hit the sunrise and setup near one of the bridges for the Overseas Highway. No one felt ready for an other remote adventure trip to the islands. Cooper went first as usual. The water was very deep but we did find ourselves fighting a strong current. This location was great and we found ourselves flying over the overpass and having people pulling off on the side of the road to watch us fly. On multiple occasions trucks passing overhead would honk their horn at us. After getting a bunch of great photos and going through a couple refueling sessions, we called it a day and decided to head back in.
Overall the trip was a success and we all enjoyed a change of scenery and Flying in a new place. We’ll definitely come back, a little more prepared.
For more great photos from the trip visit Atlantic Flyboard