Franky Zapata is the new hoverboard record holder—by a long way.
The Flyboard Air inventor set the record Saturday in France, riding his hoverboard over a distance of 7,388 feet, according to a report on guinnessworldrecords.com. The previous record was 905 feet, set by Omni Hoverboard inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru.
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The 37-year-old French jet ski champion was some 150 feet off the ground for most of his historic flight—which took place off the coast of Sausset-les-Pins in the south of France—and was trailed by a fleet of boats and jet skis.
Zapata rode on the Flyboard Air, which was developed by his company, Zapata Racing. The hoverboard can fly to a maximum height of 10,000 feet and reach over 90 mph.
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Following the record-setting run, Zapata told reporters, “This has really been a life’s work”.
Previously Zapata Racing developed some water-propelled devices like the original Flyboard, which is a vehicle that connects to a personal watercraft turbine with a long hose.