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Flyboard Water Jets Are Wicked Cool
incrediBILL




msg:4543169
 11:14 pm on Feb 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

This is the coolest thing I think I've ever seen.
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It's part jet ski, part jet pack, and the first time I've ever seen humans get to play like the dolphins play jumping in and out of water like that.

I'll bet even the dolphins are jealous of these Flyboards and wish they could play on one ;)

 

LifeinAsia




msg:4543177
 11:38 pm on Feb 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

Definitely cool!

Propools




msg:4543486
 5:27 pm on Feb 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

Good find incrediBill.
Now, if we can just incorporate this concept into a swimming pool it would give a whole new meaning to fun.

bluntforce




msg:4543730
 6:24 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

I'm just guessing that dolphins probably wouldn't care for the noise associated with the personal watercraft necessary for the game.

Zodiac boats, jet skis, all the other crap. It's whale season for me and it bothers me when I see those who cater to tourists chasing and obviously disturbing whales.

Call it cool, but there are other lifeforms on the planet that undoubtedly find the human noises really offensive. Enjoy the environment, but it doesn't take that much to respect it while you enjoy.

incrediBILL




msg:4543760
 8:59 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

there are other lifeforms on the planet that undoubtedly find the human noises really offensive


Including some humans, but that's another story.

They can do the same thing one of my dogs used to do around every July 4th when the noise started. When he heard the first firecracker of the year that dog went nuts and ran in a panic through town until he could find someplace to hide and we never saw him again until July 5th or 6th.

Seriously though it's a really big ocean, occupies the majority of the planet, and humans tend to only play really close to shore around a few beaches with toys like those. I think the whales can have the other 95% of the ocean.

Sometimes a fun toy is just a fun toy and isn't a global mission statement.

bluntforce




msg:4544078
 6:32 am on Feb 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

Different environments, different exposures.

There's a restaurant I enjoy where on a good day in the right time of year you can easily see dolphins and whales from your table. Doesn't happen when the 2-stroke noise level is present.

I'll freely admit I've been on a dirt bike more than once. Conceptually similar, but I have no desire to experience it again. I walk, or swim, and enjoy the experience rather than machine stimulated adrenalin.

What sucks is that you now have me talking like a tree-hugger. :)

SevenCubed




msg:4544408
 1:33 am on Feb 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

I'm wondering how many pounds per square inch (PSI) that thing is putting out to lift a man that high. My guess would be probably at least 50,000?

That's a guess based on having had the pleasure of working in construction one summer about 10 years ago. We were working on the Shoal Lake Aqueduct in Winnipeg, refurbishing concrete. For a couple of nights I was given the duty of water blasting to clean dirt off an excavated culvert to prep it for a reinforcing layer to be poured over top of it.

The water blasting canon I was using was a rotating barrel of about 7 nozzles on the end of a hose carry 10,000 PSI of pressure. I had to gently squeeze the trigger or risk snapping the hose and or end up on my butt. Same goes for releasing trigger, very gently and gradual or risk falling flat on my face. Neither would have been a good scenerio because the the rounded surface I was standing and working on had freshly implanted vertical rebar fully exposed.

It could drill a hole through 10 centimetres of concrete if pointed directly rather than diagonally (ask me how I found out).

The trick of using that thing was to allow myself to begin falling forward as I squeeze the trigger so that by the time full pressure was being forced out I was literally leaning 45 into it balanced on the tips of my toes. I had the fortune (or misfortune) to be selected for the job due to my size and weight (no not a fat old bald guy), well not fat anyway, and bald by choice.

So those water hoses those guys are using must be pushing out at least 50,000 PSI I'm guessing. Other than that I think it would be more fun without the umbilical chord. I saw a video related to this some time back and the instructor was indicating each maneuver is very touchy.

LifeinAsia




msg:4544612
 5:39 pm on Feb 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

I think it would be more fun without the umbilical chord.

Um, without the "cord" there would be no water being sucked up to the jets. So I imagine it wouldn't be any fun at all without the cord. :)

SevenCubed




msg:4544622
 5:45 pm on Feb 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

^ The dolphins would argue that point. And "chord" was thrown in for ulterior understanding. I often like to play with words to present dual meanings in one sentence.

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