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New water sport taking off at Smithville Lake

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SMITHVILLE, MO (KCTV) -

A new water sport is taking over Smithville Lake that combines surfing and flying dozens of feet above the water.

The daredevils testing the flyboard said it's a chance to feel like Ironman while soaring through the air on a wakeboard that is catapulted by jet streams. They said balance is the key when it comes to testing out the flyboard.

The flyboard is powered by a 60-foot fire hose that is attached to a Sea-Doo. In order to get up in the air you need to keep your legs straight.

Jake Elliott, 17, makes maneuvering it look effortless.

"It's a Zapata flyboard that is powered by a Sea-Doo. It's the closest thing you are ever going to do to be your own Ironman. That's exactly what it is. You up there and you are flying - there is nothing like it," he said.

He was one of the first to test the flyboard on Smithville Lake.

"When I saw him, I went crazy and called the factory and told them I want to become a dealer for them," said Rod Edwards with TDR Auto Plaza.

Every weekend Edwards takes strangers for tandem test flights for free.

"Boats just swarm us. Everyone wants to try it," he said.

Elliott has mastered countless tricks on the flyboard, including one where he mimics a dolphin diving in and out of the water.

The experts warned KCTV5's Emily Rittman that she would crash during her first attempts and crash she did one time after another. Eventually Rittman got the general idea of balancing on the board as she was propelled into the air, but Elliott's 13-year-old sister made her even question those accomplishments as she handled the flyboard with what appeared the greatest of ease.

Edwards said the flyboard is popular on the West Coast, but is relatively new to the Midwest. It requires a WaveRunner or Sea-Doo to operate the kit and the driver of the Sea-Doo directs the throttle that controls how much pressure is released under the rider's feet. The person on the flyboard maneuvers both the direction of the board and the personal watercraft.

The kit, which includes the board, hose, u-pipe and adapter plate that is attached to the personal watercraft costs about $6,400.

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