You Can Now Flyboard at Lake Lewisville, Which Is Exactly as Ridiculous as it Sounds

Over the weekend, the Observer received this message via email:
I'm Joe Upshaw. I don't know if you have heard of Flyboarding, but it's pretty amazing. It's the coolest, newest thing in extreme water sports. It's like a jet pack attached to your feet on the lake that let's you fly like Iron Man up to 35 feet! You can also dive in and out of the water like a Dolphin. I own a rental operation off of Lewisville Lake and I wanted to let you know that we would be able to give one of your journalists or reporters a free ride on the Flyboard and also a demonstration from one of our experts.

We were intrigued. Not so intrigued that we wanted to strap a jet pack to our feet, but intrigued enough to give Upshaw a call. Sure enough, he assured us, one needs only head down to Lake Lewisville's Party Cove to make like Robert Downey Jr. battling Jeff Bridges/myriad addictions, sans ridiculous metal suit, of course.

But don't take his word for it. Take the word of the drunken boaters who gather around whenever the flyboard appears. Their typical response, according to Upshaw: "'What is that, man? That's like Iron Man on water!'"

"Especially when I get on it," he adds. "I'm a little more experienced. I can do the backflips."

The origin story for Upshaw's Flyboard Nation is a simple one.

"I had just seen [flyboarding] on the Internet, me and my cousin," the 23-year-old community college student recalls. "I said, 'Man, that was amazing, just flying over the water.' I just thought it'd be cool to have."

The two of them went in together on a flyboard and a couple of Jet Skis and set up shop on Lake Lewisville. (The Jet Skis pump the water through a 45-foot hose, which sprays down to keep the rider aloft). The rest is history. Upshaw says business has been brisk since they launched in May.

After all, who wouldn't want to hover perilously at 35 feet while drunken boaters criss-cross the water below?


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Kim D Ward
Kim D Ward

Oh wow !!!! I have seen these guys, cool !!!!

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Somehow, this comes across as an activity that is often preceded by the phrase: "Here, hold my beer and watch this."

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

hope they wear a helmet, id say landing ontop of the jetski would be a pretty big risk for someone learning how to maneuver

J_A_
J_A_

Where is Kergie?

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

It's fun to watch guys that are actually good at this. As for trying it myself? I could see a drowning or some other injury happening. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

great, another douche tool to use on Lake Lewisville, as if the lake isnt filled with enough ass hat boaters, shitty jet skiers, wakeboard nazis, and drunk middle aged idiots acting 18, lets add one more thing to the already dangerous lake.  Whats next, a bungee jumping cord from the bridge over the lake.  


Ill just dump this link to a funny lake video here.

http://gawker.com/man-records-final-fight-with-soon-to-be-ex-wife-upload-868449134

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin 

*chuckle*

I'll have to admit that that looks like a blast, but I fear you are correct that this will make for some spectacular accidents.

Booze, gasoline and water mixed is a powerfully dangerous cocktail.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@mcdallas not even close.  But I used to go to LL all the time, and my description of the lake is correct.  What are you, 30, living at home taking dads boat out to party cove to hang with the "cool" people?

J_A_
J_A_

It's so true. We're at that age where we are both too old & too young for Lake Lewisville. You either have to be a stripper or divorcée.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@mcdallas Whats funny about LL is the stereotype is so very real.  Id rather boat any other lake in the state over that lake.  When I was 22 it was cool because I was dumb and didnt know better.  But now, I just want to take my boy out, relax fish, pop a few brews and enjoy the serenity of a lake

mcdallas
mcdallas

@ScottsMerkin @mcdallas bwahahaha.  That's something I wouldn't wish on my 2nd-worst enemy (my worst enemy is getting it, though!).


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