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    Jet ski champion Franky Zapata hovers in the air on an IPU Flyboard Air hoverboard as he breaks the Guiness World Records for furthest flight by hoverboard

    Who Needs Roads?! Frenchman Breaks Guinness Hoverboard Flight Record

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    French jet ski champion Franky Zapata has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest hoverboard flight.

    A fresh Guinness World Record for the longest hoverboard flight has been set by French jet ski champion Franky Zapata, inventor of the Flyboard Air, according to media reports.

    The 37-year-old made the achievement off the coast of the small seaside town of Sausset-les-Pins in southern France late last week, when he rode his Flyboard Air hoverboard a distance of more than 2,252 meters (7,388 feet).

    Pilot and jet ski champion Franky Zapata breaks the Guiness World Records of the farthest flight by hoverboard
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    Pilot and jet ski champion Franky Zapata breaks the Guiness World Records of the farthest flight by hoverboard

    The feat significantly surpasses the previous record of 275.9 meters (about 905 feet), set by Canada's Catalin Alexandru Duru last year.

    Jet ski champion Franky Zapata breaks the Guiness World Records of the farthest flight by hoverboard with the IPU Flyboard Air after covering a distance of 2,252 meters with an average speed of 50-60km/h in southern France
    © REUTERS / Jean-Paul Pelissier
    Jet ski champion Franky Zapata breaks the Guiness World Records of the farthest flight by hoverboard with the IPU Flyboard Air after covering a distance of 2,252 meters with an average speed of 50-60km/h in southern France

    Earlier, the Zapata Racing company said that the Flyboard Air can use what it described as an "independent propulsion unit" to fly hose-free for up to ten minutes.

    The device is capable of reaching a maximum height of 10,000 feet, it can reach a maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour), according to Zapata Racing.

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