Farthest hoverboard flight: Franky Zapata breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
PARIS, France -- Franky Zapata sets a new World Record for farthest hoverboard flight, after flying his Flyboard Air for a distance of 2,252 meters at an event in Sausset-les-Pins, France, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Frenchman and champion jet skier Franky Zapata covered the 1.4-mile distance over Sausset-Les-Pins using a hoverboard, and literally blow the previous Guinness World Records world record out of the water. Photo: Clément Mahoudeau/IP3 (enlarge photo)
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the greatest distance flown in a tandem paraglider without landing is 356.2 km (221.3 miles), by Richard Westgate and Phillip Bibby from Vosburg to Krompoort Farm, South Africa, on 7 December 2006.
Champion jet skier Franky Zapata's approximately 1.4-mile (2,252-meter) trek over Sausset-les-Pins soars past the record of 0.17 miles (275.9 meters) set last year by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru.
Before Zapata even achieved the feat with his creation, known as a Flyboard Air, video of a test flight racked up more than 3.7 million views on YouTube.
Zapata is also a record holder for doing 26 backflips while on water jet pack within just one minute.