Wednesday, June 20th—it's the official first day of summer! What's that mean? Time to hit the water sport circa. I bet you wouldn't expect to bring a fire hose out on the water with you. Well you would be wrong. A used fire hose is a requirement for the Jetlev R200 Flyer, Zapata Flyboard, and the Jetavation Jetovator. Some of these water sports have taken off, others not so much. It's pretty awesome taking a look at this innovative use of old material.
The pressure from the hose creates a spectacular experience, and no doubt creates a dramatic show for viewers. The Jetlev, Flyboard and Jetovator are all visible for miles around when someone is using them. It creates a lot of publicity, can you imagine a nice day on the boat and seeing someone appear to be flying?
Jetlev R200 Flyer
Using the principals of physics that occur when a line gets full pressure, Canadian Raymond Li, conceived the idea of the Jetlev Flyer.. The idea being, you are able to control the forces of a high pressure and ride above the water with a jetpack (i.e. Bell Jetpack).
Look at the pressure from that! Pretty amazing. What a creative idea?
This guy is being held up by his Bell Jetpack, and a great smile! Impressive. Very impressive.
Check out this flip! I bet you didn't know that someone could flip like that.
The Zapata Flyboard
Within months of the release of initial models of Jetlev, Franky Zapta—French PWC (Personal Water Craft) legend, created the Zapata Flyboard.
Zapata figured that since the PWC market already has a 150-300 bhp motor and pump, it would be easy to adapt a fire hose usage and go flying! The Flyboard straps the line to wakeboard/skateboard with hand held stabilizer jets to sit on top. It is pretty awesome!
For Personal Water Crafts, who would have thought?
Up, Up and away! Look at that pressure. Phew!
The Jetavation Jetovator
The Jetovator is between a racing motorcycle and a fighter aircraft! The Jetovator is identical in performance to Jetlev and Flyboard, but with the ease of riding a bike. Jetovator creator, Rob Innes said, “the intuitive controls allow first time riders to fly like professional pilots.”
Just like previous water sports, you attach a 40 foot Fire Hose and thrust adapter to any high output PWC, and you can fly 30 ft. in the air at 25 mph and dive 10 ft below the water with the help of this awesome water toy.
Not using any hose for a water sport activity? Share with us your innovative use for recycling used Fire Hoses.