This Entrepreneur Set a World Record for Travel via Hoverboard
Businessman Franky Zapata just broke a record for flight-distance on a hoverboard, having traveled 7,388 feet on a jet-powered flying platform. His flight decimated the previous record of 905 feet.
According to The Telegraph, Zapata took to the skies on Flyboard Air—a product his company, Zapata Racing, developed—flying above the coastal French town of Sausset-les-Pins and more than 165 feet above the Mediterranean.
Guinness World Records reported on its website that an official was on hand to confirm the details. Zapata told the gathered crowd that his flight “has really been a life’s work.”
Zapata’s company says the hoverboard can fly for roughly 10 minutes and can reach speeds of up to 90 mph. While true hoverboard travel is still far from Back to the Future levels of viable, Zapata’s record and product give us a glimmer of hope for pop culture's quirkiest vision for the future of travel.
Also worth noting: this is the second time that Zapata has earned a spot in the Guinness World Record book. He previously held the title for doing 26 backflips in one minute with a water jet pack. His victory has since been overturned by China’s Liu He.