Take to the sky
with Cabo Flyboard
By Thomas Beck
Human beings were not built to fly. But, through the years, certain inventions have enabled us to do just that though. Crazy and complex as they may seem, these ideas and creations have taken our race to the skies like never before. In France in autumn 2012, Franky Zapata invented Flyboard water-jet propulsion technology. This is no doubt one of the coolest flying machines ever, and he actually created a whole new extreme sport as well. Flyboarding has exploded across the globe in just a few years, and Cabo San Lucas is home to one of the world’s premier Flyboard companies, Cabo Flyboard.
The Flyboard is a water sports accessory connected to and powered by a personal water craft, which allows a user to be propelled underwater and in the air. Users are connected to the board by wakeboard boots, under which, through a special 60-foot hose, a personal watercraft provides thrust, and users are able to fly. A certified trainer controls the throttle, and the Flyboarder has full control of movement and direction.
In Cabo, it all started when Canadian Jason Duff and his Mexican wife, Paulina Vela, watched the first video of the Flyboard ever released. It featured Zapata testing a prototype, soaring over the waters of southern France like Iron Man. It seemed as though they were watching the future, and they knew they had seen something special, so they made a gutsy decision to try something new and opened Cabo Flyboard in April 2013. It was one of the earliest rental companies on Earth and the first in México. They had a truly unique product with an even more unique opportunity, and they were able to tailor the business exactly the way they wanted. They never cut corners, and they refuse to give in to mediocrity. The equipment is top notch: 1800cc Yamaha wave runners boasting up to 300 horsepower with special impellers, for a smooth ride, original Zapata Racing Flyboards, a comfortable pontoon boat, and high-quality, well-maintained life jackets and helmets. Everything they use is the best possible for the sport.
Cabo Flyboard’s focus on great customer service and safety has allowed the company to achieve its goal of ensuring every customer leaves happy. Cabo Flyboard’s level of service is unmatched and paired with knowledgeable staff and pristine equipment, the unique experience it delivers has earned Cabo Flyboard much praise and prestige in the tourism industry and ranked it as the No. 1 Flyboard company in the world on TripAdvisor.com.
Every customer at Cabo Flyboard is treated to professional, first-class, one-on-one, private lessons, so it’s no surprise it has hosted a number of celebrities and A-listers, including the one and only “Marty McFly” Michael J. Fox, wife Tracy Pollan, and daughter Esmé; Alexander Ludwig from Vikings; Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries; 16-time Grammy winner David Foster; Olympic gold medalist swimmer Jimmy Feigan; and others.
The company recently introduced the new Zapata Racing Hoverboard for rent as well. It’s an all-new adrenaline rush available exclusively at Cabo Flyboard. This new device is like nothing else on Earth. Imagine a motorized surfboard with the ability to fly. Getting up and cruising takes only minutes, and, once comfortable, you can cruise at speeds up to 35 miles per hour and fly to heights up to 40 feet. It’s insanely fun for people who love board sports.
While there are new devices like the jet pack, water bike, and Hoverboard, the Flyboard has remained the favorite for Cabo Flyboard customers. In fact, the Flyboard provides the rider a natural feel, and it’s the easiest to learn. If you are comfortable in water, all you need is your swimsuit and your sense of adventure, and Cabo Flyboard’s professional staff will have you up and flying in no time.
If you are still unsure about giving Flyboarding a try, you can stop by Cabo Flyboard’s beach store and office right behind Mango Deck at Médano Beach. Watch some videos and learn more about the experience. Cabo Flyboard is also an authorized GoPro distributor, and it stocks everything from GoPro cameras and accessories to sunscreen, beach toys, and anything else for a fun day in the sand. If you find yourself on Médano Beach, chances are you will see Cabo Flyboard’s boat and platform just offshore of Cabo Villas and Hacienda Beach Club and Residences. Maybe you will see professional Flyboarder and owner Jason Duff or one of the company’s professional instructors while they show off their tricks at up to 50 feet in the air. Or perhaps you will get to watch a valued customer learning how to fly for the first time, or tearing it up on his third or fourth visit. One thing is for sure: Flyboarding is always fun to watch.
To book a Flyboard experience, you can go online at www.caboflyboard.com, where Cabo FlyBoard always offers a pre-booking discount. You can also visit Cabo Flyboard’s shop at the beach seven days a week, or give it a call at (624) 143-0146. Flyboard packages are available with 20-, 30-, or 50-minute sessions, and most people get the hang of it within the first five minutes. After a brief check-in and Cabo Flyboard’s custom training video, you meet your instructor and he or she accompanies you to the boat. Your private, learn-at-your-own-pace instruction begins, and within minutes you will be up and flying, perhaps trying some dolphin dives and 360-degree spins during your first session. Cabo Flyboard guests have ranged in age from 7 years old to 79 years young so far. Minimum weight required is 70 pounds; it goes up to a maximum of 350 pounds.
Cabo Flyboard is a small, family-run business; the owners tailored this amazing experience for you to have an unforgettable time, and they know details matter. Spectators always ride free, and Cabo Flyboard also offers the most affordable GoPro HD video packages in the area. If you have one, you are more than welcome to bring your own camera.
The best way to learn more about Cabo Flyboard is by reading its reviews on TripAdvisor.com; you can also check out its daily feeds on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.