Zapata Racing Annual Meeting
(New Products and Innovations in 2014)
December 12, 2013 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Paris Boat Show
Presented by Franky Zapata
Last month Zapata Racing held their Annual Meeting during the Paris Boat Show and unveiled some very exciting products and advancements to their Flyboard Distributors. It looks like our sport will be soaring forward in amazing new ways. Bobby Vance of Gulf States Flyboard was in attendance and hooked H2RO Magazine up with the latest industry news.
Review of Global Sales Analysis
- North America accounted for approximately one-third of Global sales
- Almost 1,300 Flyboards sold between May and November 2013
- Sales increase of 61% of Version 2 boards vs Version 1 boards
- Sales goal target of 1,800 Flyboards
Flyboard V3 – 2014 Edition Product Innovations
New Pump Interface
Designed to create a Venturi effect to automatically extract water from the PWC
while in operation. Design exclusive to Zapata Racing.
New Elbow Connection
Features a new 1-1/2” Female Threaded opening on the back side of the “U” with a
special plug that will allow for the installation of a valve that when open, will allow
for forward propulsion of the PWC up to 25 km/h. Innovative electric valves could
be installed and controlled by the Rider or the PWC Operator to deliver added
propulsion on demand. Great for increased forward speeds when Rider is doing
repetitive Dolphin Dives or just simulating fast swimming.
Slight Modification of 2° on Main Thruster Jets
New design allows for an easier flight experience for both beginners and
professionals alike. Works in unison with the new Flyboard Bindings to deliver a
more user-friendly posture and flight position.
New Custom Bindings
Designed specifically for use with the Zapata Racing Flyboard, the all new Bindings
are flexible on the sides and provide for adjustable rigidity on both front and back.
This new design provides optimal protection of the foot and allows for better
position for tricks.
Relocation of the Indexing Finger
One of my favorite improvements for 2014 is the relocation of the Indexing Finger from the
side of the Swivel Tube Collar (see below)
to the top of the connection flange on the “Y” Connector (see diagram below)
This change provides better protection for the Index Finger from damage due to normal
daily use since it is no longer exposed on the side.
New Zapata Racing Products
Very easy installation, possibility for Flight Centers to control the user from a distance,
intelligent location detection system that will shut off the PWC automatically when the
rider gets too close to the PWC (this system can be overridden for professional or
Newly Redesigned Quick Adapter Nozzle
New Quick Nozzle features an integrated thrust cone on the Pump Interface Adapter Plate
as one single unit that adapts to all PWC’s with ease. Allows the Rider to interchange
between PWC powered craft and Flyboard use in less than a minute.
Universal Storage Unit
A new molded Flyboard Storage Unit that easily attaches to the back of a PWC and
provides a neat and easy way to store your Flyboard on the PWC while transporting
across the water. The Universal Storage unit holds the Flyboard and the “U” Connector
securely when not in use.
Zapata Racing Inducer
Zapata Racing designed and manufactured Inducer for standard Impeller applications to provide more power and better fuel economy.
If you have questions regarding new equipment options and improvements please contact your nearest authorized Flyboard dealer.