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FlyDive To Be Featured Sport at Red Bull Air Race, San Diego

 Thursday, April 06, 2017

 

(REBLOG FROM FLYDIVE.COM) We are excited to announce that FlyDIve is an official, high profile, featured sport at the 2017 Red Bull Air Race in San Diego, California! FlyDive will be showcased in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators during the two-day event. The Red Bull Air Race will be recorded and broadcast to millions of people around the globe, creating a tremendous opportunity to show the world how exciting this fast growing sport of hydroflight is becomin ...(READ MORE)
(REBLOG FROM FLYDIVE.COM) We are excited to announce that FlyDIve is an official, high profile, featured sport at the 2017 Red Bull Air Race in San Diego, California! FlyDive ...(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, Inc. Acquires Hydroflight Rental Operators SoCal Hydrosports and AquaFlyboarding

 Thursday, April 06, 2017

 

(REBLOG FROM FLYDIVE.COM) SAN DIEGO, CA, March 22, 2017 – FlyDive, a leading hydroflight lifestyle company, which manufactures the X-Board hydroflight device, operates rental flight centers and produces world-class hydroflight shows and events, today announced the acquisition of SoCal Hydrosports and AquaFlyboarding, sister companies offering hydroflight experience rentals and product sales in Southern California and Arizona, for an undisclosed sum. Founded i ...(READ MORE)
(REBLOG FROM FLYDIVE.COM) SAN DIEGO, CA, March 22, 2017 – FlyDive, a leading hydroflight lifestyle company, which manufactures the X-Board hydroflight device, operates rental ...(READ MORE)

Hydro Pics

"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)

Featured Product

New Jetovator Jetbike Products!

 Monday, October 10, 2016

 

While hydroflight manufacturers like X-Jets, Zapata and FlyDive battle for jetpack/jetboard supremacy, Jetovator has been building a strong following with its unique devices, notably the Jetovator jetbike. The Jetovator jetbike (commonly just referred to as "the Jetovator") has been around for a few years and has proven itself as a legitimate contender for the "best hydroflight" device. While the water jetpack first captured imaginations and brought about the birth of hydro ...(READ MORE)
While hydroflight manufacturers like X-Jets, Zapata and FlyDive battle for jetpack/jetboard supremacy, Jetovator has been building a strong following with its unique devices, not ...(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 innovat ...(READ MORE)

Hydro Video

New Crazy "Iron Man" Jetpack Proves Hydroflight is Still the Best Form of Personal Flight

 Thursday, April 20, 2017


 

Awesome suit? Check! Sweet helmet (AND VISOR!)? Check! Flames galore? Check! Radical body armor? Check! Easy to use and fun?...Not so much :/ This new video produced by our friends at Red Bull demonstrates yet another attempt to get airborne and fly through the skies. This new contraption is just the latest iteration of the now very old idea of strapping a fuel burning pack to yourself and attempting to fly it in a controlled manner. Brave souls have been trying to perfect th ...(READ MORE)
Awesome suit? Check! Sweet helmet (AND VISOR!)? Check! Flames galore? Check! Radical body armor? Check! Easy to use and fun?...Not so much :/ This new video produced by our friends ...(READ MORE)

Recent Hydroflight Articles



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
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

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

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
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, INC.

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
 

 

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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