TI: What’s the difference between flying a flyboard, hoverboard and jetpack? Can you do different tricks on each one?
KS: They basically work in similar way. They are powered by the pump of a jet ski. On the Flyboard (boots) you can fly underwater and even up to 15 meters in the air making tricks at the same time. By comparison, it’s the easiest equipment to master. Gives you immediate satisfaction as early as at the first flight. Even at the first attempt I encourage to do some dolphin jumps or flips. Here, every trick is allowed. A backflip is the essence of this sport.
Hoverboard (board) is the fastest toy. It goes as fast as 30 km/h, allowing flying at the same time. It’s an alternative to a surfboard. It’s distinguished by one wider hydrojet fitted at the end of the board. You hoverborad sideways like you do on snowboard or kitesurfing.
Jetpack (backpack) is the latest novelty. You put the whole stuff on your back and fly as high as on the Flyboard. Unlike the previous two devices, the key to the success is not good balance. Here, you control your movements with two handles – the way you do with a steering wheel. Quick response and composure are really helpful. It’s an alternative for those people, who for health reasons or because of previous injuries cannot overstrain their legs.
TI: You can check your adrenaline level while flying. How does the flight affect your pulse?
KS: That’s true. In fact, Garmin Virb technology allows monitoring many parameters during the flight. We’ve learnt watching our customers, that the pulse dynamically rises in the first minutes of the flight reaching the maximum rate of oxygen uptake. Obviously, it is caused by adrenaline and unusual body movements. While flying, we activate a range of muscles responsible for maintaining balance. In everyday life, we rarely have an opportunity to use our so-called deep muscles. Therefore, to be well prepared for flying, it’s good to do some simple exercises which involve challenging your balance system. Trickboard, bosu balls or peanut balls are useful. They are available in most gyms.