A man was spotted flying over Marina Bay during the Singapore Grand Prix – here’s how he did it

A man was spotted flying on a hoverboard during the Singapore F1 race over the weekend.
The Straits Times

The future is here.

Over the recent Formula 1 (F1) weekend, onlookers watched with their mouths agape as a man flew high above the Marina Bay waters.

Video of a man on a hoverboard.
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The French man, Frank Zapata, was invited to perform and showcase his invention for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Zapata re-posted the video that F1 had taken of him and thanked the organisers for inviting him to perform.
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He invented the jet-powered hoverboard himself, and he calls it ‘Flyboard Air’. This is the first time the Flyboard Air was on show in Singapore.

Here is an interview Zapata did:

Zapata talks about his hoverboard.
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According to his website, the Flyboard Air can currently travel up to 140 kph, and reach a maximum height of 150 m with a flight time of six minutes. First unveiled in 2016, Flyboard Air is powered by turbine engines.

About two weeks ago, he posted a video of himself zipping through the air and racing with a super car.

Zapata races with a Lamborghini in the video.
Facebook / Frank Zapata

Before there was Flyboard Air, there was Flyboard, a similar hydroflight machine that uses water to propel the device. Zapata is also the inventor of the Flyboard, and it has become a form of water sport globally.


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You too can fly as Zapata sells the Flyboard on his website.
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Flyboards are being sold on his website, and prices range from S$1,826 (US$1,334) to S$3,363. Zapata is not selling the Flyboard Air though.