It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No it’s you, on a flyboard!
It can be intimidating watching others fly in the air, doing backflips and nose dives. So graceful, so effortlessly, so fun! Like Iron Man and a gymnast combined.
And you stand on the side lines wondering, “Can I really do that too?”
Answer is of course you can! But first you got to get the basics down. And we’re got to warn you, you will fall, hit the water hard and it’ll happen not just once or twice.
But that’s the fun of it, trying and failing and trying again. So to help you out, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you get on the board.
Lock and pop!
You’re strapped to the boots, water to your chin, floating on the surface and the Jet Ski is ready to hit throttle. Besides being in the air, this right here is one of the most exciting part of flyboarding. The adrenaline is pumping and when your trainer finally hits kicks the throttle, your mind goes blank!
This happens all the time, believe us. And it’s okay.
An easy way to remember what to do just before the throttle hits is “Lock and Pop”, like the dance popping and locking. But just the other way around.
- Lock your legs together, and keep your body straight. The key to a smooth transition from water to air is to keep your legs and back locked straight with shoulders to your side. The second you bend your knees or hips, it’s face meet water for a splash.
- Pop up! There is a split second window you can’t miss to pop up. When you’ve got your body straight, and you feel yourself being elevated from the water, keep going up until you pop full body out on the surface!
Yay! You’ve made it out of the water! But that’s just the beginning.
To help keep your balance, find something eye level to focus on. Don’t look down or up, but just steady on the horizon. Be it a jetty, a hill or a flag, pick something and focus on that as you get comfortable standing above the water.
Easy on the toes.
What controls your motion while in the water and air is the board itself. Which is like a skateboard with two massive boots that hold your feet in place. Press your toes and you propel yourself forward, pressure on your heels and you push yourself backwards. Bend your left or right knee and it’ll go left or right.
It takes a little getting used to but after a few face blunders, you’ll soon realise that the slightly amount of pressure makes a big difference in motion. So easy on the pressure and you’ll find that perfect balance soon enough.
At Scuba Tiger, we’ve got our in-house Flyboard trainers that’ll teach you these and other tips that will help get you up and above the surface. To know more about Flyboarding with us, drop us an email and we’ll be glad to tell you more about it.