We all are aware that Goa is a paradise for tourists because of the pristine beaches and laidback ambience. Often people visit Goa to either just relax or to indulge in various water sports. Speed boating, surfing, and paragliding are some of the common water sports that you will see people enjoying. However, these days a new sport is catching the eye of people visiting Goa- Flyboarding.
Flyboarding involves strapping a formidable water-jet board on to the feet. Once you enter the waters, the force of the jet will help you rise as high as 15 metres into the air and perform dolphin-like maneuvers and fly like Iron Man. The rider has to use his feet to control the direction and his hands to keep it stable. Anyone, above the age of 13 can indulge in this activity.
The structure of a flyboard is much like a snowboard and under each foot, there is a dedicated jet pack which is fed water through a long pipe. The other end of the pipe is attached to a jet ski and water goes from this jet ski, through the tube and into the jetpacks below your feet, pushing you into the air.
The Importance of Safety Gears in Flyboarding
Before heading to the water, the first thing you must do is to wear all the essential safety gear. Firmly strap your helmet, boots, and bodysuit. These precautions will keep you safe while enjoying this thrilling adventure. Flyboarding is indeed one of the safest sports to learn, but donning protective gear is a must rather than an option.
Maintaining balance is most important when it comes to flyboarding. You must carefully listen to your guide about the right posture needed to keep your balance. You may have to bend your knees forward as it will help you keep your balance and simultaneously prepare you to learn how to turn. Maintain an upright position before rising up. It is also important to keep a safe distance from the wave runner even if the probability of crashing into him is low.
Flyboarding in India
In India, nobody knew about this sport until Hrithik Roshan made it popular when he performed an action stunt in the movie Bang Bang. The sport was invented by a jet ski racer Franky Zapata in France. This sport was introduced in 2012 and is slowly drawing adrenaline junkies from all over India.
In the future, more such new sports will catch your interest and it does not matter if you are an avid sports enthusiast or just a weekend warrior. The excitement and thrill of trying new things will give you a rewarding feeling. While you indulge in flyboarding, don’t forget to visit Sterling Goa either in Bardez or in Varca. Baina beach is close to both these resorts.
· Where to experience/try Flyboarding
In India, flyboarding can be enjoyed on Baina beach in Goa, Dona Paula, and on the river Chapora. Right now, in India, the sport is available only in Goa.
· Which is the best season to visit Goa and try Flyboarding?
There is no particular season to enjoy flyboarding, but you can normally experience it from October to May.
· Where else in the world you can do Flyboarding?
Some of the popular destinations to enjoy flyboarding around the world include Costa Blanca in Spain, the lakes of Eau d’Heure in Belgium, the French Riviera, Santorini in Greece, Birkirkara, an island of Malta, and many more.
· Apart from Flyboarding what are the other adventure sports that people can experience in Goa?
Apart from flyboarding, there are several other adventure sports that people can experience in Goa. Some of these adventure sports include paragliding, speed boating, surfing, and more.
· How to reach Goa? Major attractions to visit?
You can reach Goa either by air, road or rail. The airport in Goa is an international airport and is also well connected with other domestic destinations. In addition to water sports, Goa is also known for its beautiful temples and churches, and natural beauty. For instance, the Dudhsagar falls is among the most gorgeous waterfalls in India and it is aptly named because the water resembles milk flowing down the hill.