Welcome to H2RO Magazine’s homepage for Jetboards. Below we will introduce you to the most popular brands of Jetboards and explain the three different classifications that currently exist: Fixed, Independent, and 3-axis.
Fixed – Fixed boards were the first hydroflight Jetboards released to the public and were popularized by Zapata Racing and their Flyboard Legend. These Jetboards are referred to as fixed due to the fact the rider is standing on a solid board, and the right and left nozzles are always pointing in the same direction. The most prominent example of this design is the original Flyboard from Zapata Racing (though there are a few others) While some have claimed that a fixed board creates a more stable platform for learning, the industry has moved away from this more basic design, in favor of a platform that provides more rider control and freedom.
Independent – Transitioning from “fixed” to “independent” is the first major product evolution that has happened in the industry, and for a good reason. Having independent control over your feet allows the rider to spin and twist with much less effort, and greatly increases the potential for tricks and freestyle movement. Independent board designs still have the same basic structure as fixed boards, but there is no longer a single board connecting the feet together. There is a pretty broad range of companies/products offering this technology, including X-Jets, DEFY Waterflight, Flyboard (Zapata), Flydive, Dolphin Board, and a few others.
There are a few different variations of Independent board designs, the main difference being the degree of freedom between the two feet. Some designs allow the feet to rotate completely free of each other, while others have springs or torsion bars that still provide some level of resistance between the two feet. Most products providing tension between the feet are only doing so to help ease the concerns of those who might be reluctant to transition from a Fixed to an Independent board.
3-Axis – Both the fixed and Independent board categories allow the hose to unwind beneath the rider (axis #1), and to tilt the feet forward, backward, or independently (axis #2), but the rider always has to stay in-line with the hose from a side-to-side angle. Adding a third axis (side to side movement), takes the Independent board design one step further, allowing the rider to spin and twist regardless of the orientation of the hose beneath them. Currently, DEFY Hydroflight is the only company in the industry offering a 3-axis board.
JETBOARDS – Single Jet
HOVERBOARD by ZR
The Hoverboard by Zapata Racing is a single jet Jetboard that allows the rider to stand in a snowboard style stance while surfing the water and sky. Riders can travel up to 23 mph and the first Hoverboard races were demonstrated during the 2015 Flyboard World Cup event in Dubai. H2RO also has some Hoverboard Tips and Tricks for you.
The Shred Sled by Jetavation Inc is another fun single jet Jetboard ride. Riders can stand or kneel as they carve through the air.
HYDROFLIGHT JETBOARD COMPARISON CHART
LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE JETBOARD MANUFACTURERS HERE: