Whatever you did over the weekend was not nearly as cool as how Franky Zapata spent his Saturday. Zapata invented the jet-powered Flyboard Air and used it to set a new world record for the farthest flight on a hoverboard. Zapata nabbed the record just weeks after videos of him riding his new-fangled contraption went viral. The Flyboard Air can allegedly fly up to 10,000 feet high and as fast as 93 miles per hour, so a distance record was pretty much a shoe-in.
The race to build the best hoverboard has been heating up in recent years, perhaps due to the fact that 2015 was the year when Marty McFly famously hopped on a neon hoverboard in Back to the Future 2. New technological developments have spurred independent inventors to create bigger, better, faster versions of the floating vehicle. Even Lexus has gotten into the hoverboard game, with an ultra-luxury version that emits a smoke-like wisps of liquid nitrogen.
Zapata’s accomplishment, captured on video by the inventor’s company Zapata Racing, bests the previous world record by a huge margin. On Saturday, Zapata road his jet-powered hoverboard a whopping 2,252 meters (7,388 feet) over the water along the coast of Sausset-les-Pins in the south of France. The previous record was for a distance of just 905 feet. That record was set a year ago by Catalin Alexandru Duru, an inventor working in Canada.
Via The Verge