Flyboarding has become a recent adrenaline junky water sport, it was invented only four years ago by a French watercraft rider. The United States started to adapt this new sport only three years ago. Thankful to Gorge Flyboard owned by Neil and Sue McCormick, Cascade Locks has a new sport in town! The feeling of being a superhero or a dolphin lends to a “perma smile” according to the Gorge Flyboard website.
A Flyboard setup is a bit more simpler than it sounds. It is about the length of a skateboard that is attached to a rider’s feet. The board is then connected to a hose that allows the outflow of a jet ski to propel it. The Flyboard is then steered by the rider with simple body movements. According to McCormick, “Realistically speaking, the flyboard is 1,000 gallons of water per minute, at over 60 PSI and almost 400 pounds lift of pure adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding, eye-catching fun.”
Gorge Flyboard has two locations in the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River and Cascade Locks. They are the only certified flight school operating in Oregon and is one of about 30 currently in business in the United States! Learning to Flyboard seems to come naturally to most and is rather easy to learn. Within 5 to 10 minutes, most people are able to take off and soar through the sky. After approximately 15 to 20 minutes, clients are able to accomplish full basic control of their movements. Clients are provided with the proper safety equipment and a certified instructor who’s available to control your speed along with giving tips and tricks to make the experience that much better.
Flight experiences range from 30 minutes to four hours, giving lessons to individuals as well as groups. Booking is now available for summer and can be reserved via Gorge Flyboard’s website: http://gorgeflyboard.com/