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Man Rides Homemade Hover Board 22 Miles Across the English Channel (Video)

By Rachel George

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Recently, French inventor Franky Zapata rode his own man-made “Flyboard Air” hoverboard from Calais, France to Dover, England, stopping halfway to refuel. Normally an hour and a half commute, he completed his expedition in about 20 minutes.

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The hoverboard has been in the making for three years. To help with financing, Zapata received a 1.3 million euro grant from the French army in late 2018. His first failed attempt resulted in him falling into the sea. This time, he was accompanied by three helicopters. He landed safely in Saint Margaret’s Bay. On arrival, it has reached a speed of 160-170 km per hour.

After mass consumption, the Flyboard Air could cost over $250,000 and requires an extensive amount of training before it can be used. According to Zapata, this isn’t something the average person would be able to navigate.

“It’s not a machine for a trip down to the bakery on a Sunday morning,” Zapata said in an interview.

Check it out for yourself.

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