The Flyboard has been invented and created by Franky Zapata, the famous jet-ski champion through ZR during spring 2011. After acquiring experience in jet-skis through competition, Franky Zapata set up ZR. At the beginning, the ZR’ core business was the construction and designing of PWC dedicated to races. After acquiring a worldwide reputation, ZR started to develop the Flyboard in order to offer a new discipline that would be the perfect fusion between wakeboard, surf, kite surf and jet-ski freestyle. ZR kept his promise by commercializing a year later the first Flyboard. Indeed, everything went very fast.
After several prototypes Franky Zapata finally succeeded to get out of water and stabilize in the air thanks to an under feet propulsion and hand stabilization. Then, he improved the flight intuitively which made the Flyboard ready to use. After patenting the invention in INPI, ZR presented the Flyboard for the first time during the World Championship in China.
The first flights had been recorded and posted on YouTube which was visited more than 2.5 million times in 15 days. The Flyboard story started to be written…
Within a year, the Flyboard met a huge success worldwide. Thanks to a large-scale distribution network set in all continents, ZR sold more than 1500 units within 6 month and amazed thrill-seekers from all nationalities; the Flyboard Family was born.