On many west metro lakes this summer, a new water sport has created a sensation — flyboarding. Wearing a jet pack and with blasts of water seemingly shooting out of their feet, flyboarders zip high above the water and sometimes do back flips and other jaw-dropping acrobatics. Part science fiction-inspired, part water sport, flyboarding’s takeoff on Minnesota lakes started in 2012, and it now may be the fastest-growing water sport industry. Its popularity is growing worldwide — the 2013 Flyboard World Cup was held in Qatar. Industry leaders are even pushing for an Olympics berth. The sport is not cheap — practitioners often spend $20,000 or more on equipment and lessons. But according to Twin Cities flyboarding instructor Rodney Jansen, it’s not that hard. “From a 7-year-old girl to a 72-year-old guy, and everybody in between … it’s a lot easier than it looks,” he said last week.
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