Okay, So Maybe Hold Off On Filling The Oceans With Concrete: Water Hoverboards Are Here

June 13, 2014


This is a pretty awesome looking video (and I never say that) for the water-based Hoverboards made by Zapata Racing (previously: their Flyboard). Hey McFly you bojo, hoverboards don't work on water! Apparently these ones do though. As a matter of fact they only work on water. You try operating one of these on the sidewalk and you are in for a f***ing sad afternoon. Now, let's each get one and play chicken at the beach. I get to carry a jousting lance though. "What do I get?" You get to paint a bulls-eye on your chest.

Keep going for the worthwhile video.

Thanks to Mungo9000, who is going to get one for each foot and go hoverboard skiing. Or tear both of his legs off.

  • Szyszek

    But... But everyone knows hoverboards don't work on water!

  • Tom327Cat

    Stunts produced by professional acrobats on closed course, Video does not show more than 5 consecutive seconds of any one ride. Jet ski and rider (not included) required in order to be able to do anything with this device. Riders of more than 165 lbs. weight should expect to remain partially submerged during experience. Some assembly required and by that we mean you need to know how to do major modifications to that jet ski or be prepared to spend a couple of thousand getting it done.

  • asdfasdfasdf

    we didn't get to see the whole device from the video....
    that hose....are they powered by a jetski engine?
    or does the audio explain it?

  • Guest


  • zin

    TECHNICALLY this board is not hovering as it's actually constantly hooked up to its thrust source, aka THE OCEAN.

    An acceptable name would be water-jet-board-attached-to-sea-via-hose.

  • megaluis15

    and now my life feels incomplete having not ridden one

  • dx_xb

    Douchebag alert at 1:00

  • Korben Dallas

    4k no way..

  • Elak Swindell

    Looks awesome, but I bet they are difficult to stay balanced on without a lot of training.

  • asdfasdfasdf

    are all the flips and spirals intentional? some of them have the look of a leaned in turn gone wrong they decided to go with..... like when you leap and sprint down a steep hill just to keep your feet under you, or how you turn into a skid.

  • ODwanKenObi

    same can be said for a bicycle for the first time riding it.

  • Guest

    Looks awesome, but I beat they are difficult to stay balanced on without a lot of training.

  • Cy

    I wonder if "Hoverboard" was trademarked by anyone. I would assume so.

  • Kompani

    Do you also have to have a jet sky, and rider, providing the water to the board? That kind of ups the cost and hassle.

  • ClamDiggins

    i believe thats.... the camera crew taking all the video that you are watching..

  • Konstantin

    Neolardo mostly covered it. Early units did use a jet ski as a pump. But by now, I think they have a dedicated unit for it. And it's just dragged along by a hose. It still has a jet ski engine and essentially a modified jet ski impaler that pumps water, but it doesn't require a rider. The little remote these guys hold in their hands is what controls the throttle on the pump, so you can solo the whole thing.

  • Elak Swindell

    If you notice, though, there is a rider on the accompanying jet ski engine.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    He was talking about a new set up that they use, not the one in the video. It sounds much cooler.

  • Neolardo

    It looks like what's going on is that there's a pump attached to the thick white hose, and that sends water from the ocean up to the board, where it's directed down and back to provide thrust. I think that was how a similar water-based flying device worked (that water jet pack from a while ago).

  • Guest

    right, but flying like that seems easy to make the engine skim along the water and drop you like a stone...does it have fins? is it really heavy? is it attached to the jetski and rider that seems to be following?

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