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Summer just flew by

MICHAEL MULLINS
Last updated 12:30 11/03/2014
Michael Mullins

ON THE FLY: Michael Mullins

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My mate Nick Smith discovered fly boarding, a new water sport, when working on super yachts in Europe and decided to set up a business in Christchurch.

We've been honing our skills on the board over summer.

It really does feel like you're flying, much akin to a nautical version of Iron Man.

On this particular trip we took the fly board to Lake Brunner, and the mountains provided a stunning backdrop for the footage.

The fly board is surprisingly stable when hovering in a stationary position, however, shifting your body weight will create movement on top of the water.

While it may look incredibly difficult, fly boarding is remarkably easy and it takes the average person about 12 minutes to be flying around with a huge grin. Nick has even had over-60s try out the contraption successfully. 

Dolphin diving requires a leap of faith. You throw your body weight forward into the dive position, then use your feet and heels to build pressure under water in order to resurface high into the air.

We learnt this technique after watching a pod of dolphins escape a great white during Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.

The famous Nelson Creek cliff jumps are also included in the video.

 


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