Water enthusiasts take flight over Cross Lake

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 07/02 2014 06:50PM

Updated 07/02 2014 07:04PM

It's a new sport that will have you flying in the air like Ironman. It’s called flyboarding and now it's made its way to the ArkTaTex.


The flyboard was invented by Frenchman Franky Zapata in 2011. The flyboard is a ski-like device that connects to a fire hose. The fire hose connects to a personal watercraft, which supplies propulsion to drive the flyboard into the air, and water, so the rider can perform the sport of flyboarding. It can send the rider upwards of 40 feet out of the water.


“If you ever think of wanting to fly, this is the closest I’ve ever come to it,” said Lisa Arendell, one of the owners of Ark-La-Tex Flyboard.


Ark-La-Tex Flyboard opens its doors July 11 at Cross Lake. It’s owned by two local couples- Lisa and Randy Arendell, and Paula and Rich McGahan.


“There’s not another flyboard company for 200 miles.”


The McGahans thought of opening the business, after recently trying out the sport in Gulf Shores, AL. The Arendell joined them in the venture and they bought the equipment and went through a certification process. It’s a requirement if you’re offering rides to other people.


“The whole time that you're out there, we’re talking with you, were explaining with you and as the operator, your safety is up to us,” said Arendell. “We've got your back the whole time.”


It costs a minimum of $99 to try the sport. That includes a 10 minute training session, and 20 minutes of flying. The company also supplies the riders with a helmet, wetsuit, and life jacket. You must be 12 years old, and weigh more than 90 pounds to ride.


Ark-La-Tex Flyboard is demonstrating the sport on the Red River near the sand bar, July 4th, starting at noon. Then, they’ll head over to Cross Lake at 3 p.m. They’re taking appointments now, ahead of opening weekend.


Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/arklatexflyboard

Phone Number: (844) TRY-2FLY


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