Flyboarding with EBS Kos
If you’ve ever been to a touristy beach in your life, you must be familiar with the sound of jetskis. Small, fast looking waterscooters that race through the water at tremendous speeds. While the engine sucks in tons of water, a jet nozzle at the back pushes it out, launching the little craft over the waves. It’s a kick for sure, and if you haven’t done this before, make sure you rent one before you get old. They’re awesome.
Editor: Video update 31.08.2014 – Enter Brad and Lasse; two of our Ticket To The World contestants who chose Flyboarding as a good showcase for what’s out there on the island of Kos
But, if you’re one of those people who’s always looking out for the next big adrenalin kick, and you’ve already bungeejumped and skydived, flyboarding should be your next ride this summer!
How does it work?
A crazy guy called Franky Zapata looked at his jet ski one day and thought; “this is getting too boring now”. So he attached a thick long hose to the back, and connected the other end to his feet, allowing him to shoot in and out of the water like a dolphin, and flyboarding was born! It’s awesome, easy to learn and a kick-ass experience you are going to remember for a long time. For a detailed picture of the equipment, scroll to the bottom of this article.
Naomi, EBS Instructor Kos
“I’ve always been doing stuff like skateboarding and snowboarding, and when I saw we could go flyboarding in Kos I let Julian, our event manager know that we should give it a try with the students. I also worked at EBS Bad Gastein last year, which I figured helps my balance and flyboarding can’t be all that different or difficult.”
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“Well it turns out it wasn’t. You are going to have to get to terms with the different balance on a flyboard and the crazy power from the machine, but after a few tries, you quickly develop the necessary feeling to stand up and shoot out of the water and into the air. Plus the guy operating the nozzle will step of the gas the minute you lose balance, so those first few crashes are mostly fun than anything else.”
Julian, EBS Event manager Kos
“As the event manager in Kos, I set up these activities and I can’t let EBS students just do anything out there without actually trying it myself, right? Plus, I look good shooting out of the water – that’s a fact right there. Write it down!”
Filip, EBS Student from Sweden:
“This is as close as you can get to the Iron Man feeling. Of all the things I’ve tried here – the Flyboard and the Party Boat (read about the Party Boat here) are definitely on top of my list. In the beginning it’s challenging – you have to keep your legs straight at all times and slowly build up confidence. But that feeling when you’re 5-6 meters up and people are just staring at you from cars passing by is amazing. However when you lose the balance at that height, you’re coming down hard!”
So where can we do this?
Basically, Kos offers a lot of activities you can enjoy alone or together, and flyboarding is one of many. Usually after course hours or your weekend off, additional activities will be planned by the event manager. Hop on your bike or scooter and you are off to the next crazy activity.
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