Flyboarding was invented in the Spring of 2011 by French jet ski champion named Franky Zapata. In the two years since, the new water sport has become a favorite of seaside adventure seekers eager to twist, turn, and levitate up to 35 feet above the water. Cabo Flyboard is the first authorized flyboard rental business in Baja Sur, and in addition to high-flying action, their clients enjoy the added appeal of Land's End views and bikini and board short clad audiences on Medano Beach.
Flyboarding is Cabo's coolest new water sport. — Photo courtesy of Cabo Flyboard
After signing in and watching a training video at the Cabo Flyboard office near Casa Dorada, prospective levitators are ferried by panga (water taxi) to a platform buoyed off the beach, where they can slip into a pair of boots attached to the flyboard. The power comes from the jet ski - a long hose is linked from the jet ski to the flyboard, and revving the throttle of the jet ski sends a pressurized burst of water surging through the hose to propel the boardee skyward - but steering is controlled by the flyboarder, in the water and in the air.
A flyboarder rises from the water near Land's End. — Photo courtesy of Cabo Flyboard
Scudding across the water headfirst is in itself a thrill, but the real fun starts when the water pressure allows you to to rise straight up from the water like some sort of sea god, or comic book superhero. Once clear of the water surface, altitude can be controlled by gently rocking back and forth from heel to toe on the flyboard, and turns are possible by moving your knees in or out in the direction you wish to go. It's a blast, and the lifejacket will keep you from submerging for more than a second or two when you inevitably tumble from the sky like Icarus.