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Hydro-Fest 2017 – Hydroflight’s Best Athletes Together Again

 Thursday, March 09, 2017

Hydro-Fest 2017  

After an overwhelmingly successful event at Hydro-Fest 2016, the talk immediately after the event turned to what the plans were for Hydro-Fest 2017 (some of the hydroflight athletes were even hoping for another event at Lake Spring Mountain before the end of the summer…little did they know the work it takes to pull off an event of that magnitude). Our goal was to schedule Hydro-Fest 2017 for another early June weekend like we did last year, but with everythi ...(READ MORE)
After an overwhelmingly successful event at Hydro-Fest 2016, the talk immediately after the event turned to what the plans were for Hydro-Fest 2017 (some of the hydroflight athlet ...(READ MORE)

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Jetpack America Featured Live on CW6 in San Diego

 Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

(http://www.sandiego6.com/flydive-spring-jetpack-america-mission-bay/) http://www.sandiego6.com/flydive-spring-jetpack-america-mission-bay/ We were very excited to welcome the CW6, San Diego news team to our Jetpack America rental location at Mission Bay Sportcenter. They were doing segments on some of the awesome things that San Diego has to offer to people visiting during spring break. At the top of that list, is a fun-filled day flying our FlyDive  ...(READ MORE)
(http://www.sandiego6.com/flydive-spring-jetpack-america-mission-bay/) http://www.sandiego6.com/flydive-spring-jetpack-america-mission-bay/ We were very ex ...(READ MORE)

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FlyDive Acquires Another Hydroflight Industry Heavyweight with Purchase of Austin-based Aquafly

 Monday, March 13, 2017


 

Jetpack America just got a new sister company! Our parent company, FlyDive, just acquired Aquafly, one of the biggest hydroflight companies in the U.S. This is great news for hydroflight enthusiasts, as we now can better serve your equipments purchasing needs and can get you up in the air for rental flights from our locations in Texas, California and Nevada. The FlyDive, Inc. acquisition of Jetpack America and AquaFly has created the first hydroflight conglomerate, becomi ...(READ MORE)
Jetpack America just got a new sister company! Our parent company, FlyDive, just acquired Aquafly, one of the biggest hydroflight companies in the U.S. This is great news for hydroflight  ...(READ MORE)

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"How Hydroflight Works"-Diagram

 Friday, March 24, 2017

 

Although water jetpacks and flyboards have been around for the better part of 6 years now, the inner workings of hydroflight still baffles a lot of people. We have created this "How Hydroflight Works" diagram to help explain some of the general ideas. The system is the same for all manufacturers and devices. ZR Flyboard, FlyDive X-Board, water jetpacks, Jetovator Jetbikes, etc, etc., all operate on the same basic principles. A quick list of the concepts: 1.  ...(READ MORE)
Although water jetpacks and flyboards have been around for the better part of 6 years now, the inner workings of hydroflight still baffles a lot of people. We have created this "How  ...(READ MORE)

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Hydroflight Device Comparison - Flyboard vs Jetblade vs X-Board vs Jetdeck

 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Jetboard Comparison Matrix
 

The hydroflight industry has grown quite a bit since its inception in 2012 and now there are numerous manufacturers making a variety of different jetboards with an assortment of features. In order to help you determine the right board for you, we've compiled this side-by-side jetboard comparison matrix, which shows the facts, figures and features of each of the major board options: The Flyboard Legend and Pro from Zapata Racing (https://zapata-racing.com/en/), the Jetblade  ...(READ MORE)
The hydroflight industry has grown quite a bit since its inception in 2012 and now there are numerous manufacturers making a variety of different jetboards with an assortment of f ...(READ MORE)

Rider Highlight

FlyDive Athlete, Lead Engineer Ryan Lorence

 Thursday, March 23, 2017

  

When it comes to finding hydroflight’s quintessential personality, look no further than Ryan Lorence. Ryan has built a name for himself throughout hydroflight industry as an innovator and excellent teacher. He is FlyDive’s long-time lead engineer and training coordinator. The phrase “those who cannot do, teach”, however, does not apply to Ryan; he also happens to be one of the world’s best hydroflight athletes! Ryan Lorence "Rider Profile" for Hydro-Fest  ...(READ MORE)
When it comes to finding hydroflight’s quintessential personality, look no further than Ryan Lorence. Ryan has built a name for himself throughout hydroflight industry as an i ...(READ MORE)

Hydro Video

Tandem Jetovator Video!

 Monday, October 10, 2016

 

One amazing adaptation that Jetovator has come up with is the first factory designed tandem hydroflight device. It's tandem Jetovator jetbike is capable of carrying 2 riders with a combined weight of 400lbs. It can be controlled by either the front or rear rider and can also be ridden solo, when you can't find a partner...but I doubt you'd have to try very hard to find someone willing to go for a ride with you! The new high flow custom u-pipe included with the Tandem ...(READ MORE)
One amazing adaptation that Jetovator has come up with is the first factory designed tandem hydroflight device. It's tandem Jetovator jetbike is capable of carrying 2 ride ...(READ MORE)

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BUYERS GUIDE Part-1: What's the Right Hydroflight Device For You?

Jetpack America Newport Beach - Wednesday, April 06, 2016


 

This is the first part of a 3-part 'Buyer's Guide' series about the best way to go about choosing
a hydroflight system and why.

 

You've decided your ready to take the plunge and buy yourself a jetpack, jetboard or jetbike
(aka a “hydroflight system”) You’ve been watching endless YouTube videos of people flying around, having way too much fun, and you decided it’s finally time to get off the sidelines
and get in the game.

 

Now the big question…what to buy?

 

There are a lot of options, but with just a few considerations, you can easily narrow them down to choose the hydroflight system that’s best for you.


The History of Hydroflight



Five years ago, there wasn’t even a choice. It was a simpler time. There was one system, the Jetlev Jetpack, invented by Ray Li in Dania Beach, Florida. But with a $100,000 sticker price, it was solely a rich man’s game.

 

JETLEV


Then, in 2012, the jet ski-attachable Flyboard burst onto the scene with a price tag around $10,000 and started a revolution in the watersports world. Now, there is a new hydroflight company popping up seemingly every month.


So let’s narrow down your options a bit to get you started.

Major Players


 

The hydroflight industry is still in its infancy, so you need to be aware that the companies you see today may not be the companies you see in a year or two. Jetlev, the inventor of hydroflight, went belly-up in 2014, proving that the first player in the space isn’t necessarily always the winner.

Zapata Racing, which developed the Flyboard, Hoverboard and Jetpack by ZR, is definitely the market leader, with innovative hydroflight products that have continually evolved with each year.

 

FLYBOARD by ZR

 

HOVERBOARD by ZR


 

JETPACK by ZR

 

X-Jets is a Shanghai, China based company run by an American with extensive engineering experience and a long history working in action sports in the snowboard industry. Their X-Jetpack was the first viable alternative to the Jetlev jetpack and remains the frontrunner in the space. Their Jetblade, with its independent swiveling feet, instantly became a contender for top jetboard spot when it was introduced in Summer 2014.

X-JETS: JETPACK AND JETBLADE



Jetovator is another player in the space, focusing on slightly more alternative hydroflight devices, such as the Jetovator jetbike, the Shred Sled flying kneeboard and the Freedom Flyer flying chair. These devices are surprisingly easy to fly, but they come with additional safety considerations that shouldn’t be ignored


JETOVATOR


Defy Waterflight is a Utah based jetboard company, which is quickly making a name for itself, most notably because of their board’s three-axis system that allows riders to swivel their feet sideways in addition to forward and backward.

 

DEFY JETDECK



FlyDive is a venture-capital-backed San Diego jetboard company, focusing on the family-friendly, safety-first segment of the market, establishing FlyDive training centers around the country. One big differentiator with their board is the low placement of the boot base plates, which provide better responsiveness with heel/toe steering.


FLYDIVE X-BOARD


Jetlev-Flyer is a German company that licensed the jetpack technology from Jetlev US in 2011 to sell throughout Europe and the Middle East. Now that Jetlev US has gone out of business, Jetlev-Flyer is looking to start selling in the US and around the rest of the world. Stay tuned on this one.

 

JETLEV-FLYER


 

There are other companies out there like Dolphin Board, Wataboard and the list of “major players” in the hydroflight industry will continue to change for years to come, but this is your top list for today. Beware of the cheap knock-offs because, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

 

Continue to Part 2 of the Buyers Guide - Private Use or Commercial. 


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