- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - The future of water sports has been brought to the Fox Valley in the form of the Flyboard.

A Flyboard looks a bit like a snowboard and uses water propulsion from a 100 horsepower jet-ski to lift the rider up in the air to do flips and other tricks.

The Flyboard was invented by French watercraft rider Franky Zapata in 2011. Since then, the Flyboard has become a popular YouTube search as well as an attraction at the Tommy Bartlett show in Wisconsin Dells.

Oshkosh native Troy Stowe bought his Flyboard in Miami, Florida for about $6,200 in April.

In order to own a Flyboard, you have to take an operator’s course to be certified by Zapata Racing, Stowe said. He also took an instructor’s course that allows him to let others ride his Flyboard.

“I bought it for myself and I think it’s cool as a toy,” Stowe said, “But the first thing I thought was that people are going to want to try it.”

Stowe invested about $25,000 to start Fox Valley Flyboard soon after he got certified. He charges $100 for a 30-minute flight, and also offers group and specialized rate plans.

Stowe told Oshkosh Northwestern Media ((https://oshko.sh/1kqaLnl) his investment has been absolutely worth it.

“It feels like you’re flying,” Stowe said. “I feel like Iron Man out there … nothing else compares to this.”

Stowe recently displayed his Flyboarding skills at Boat Wars, a boat show on the Fox River at Fratellos in Oshkosh.

Lakeside Marina’s Troy Peterson invited Stowe to perform during Boat Wars as a way to support each others’ businesses.

Peterson said he was introduced to Stowe’s Flyboard after Stowe asked to use Lakeside marina to practice.

Jerreck Krueger was one of Stowe’s first clients to ride the Flyboard.

Krueger has done other extreme sports, including skydiving. He said Flyboarding was one of the coolest experiences he has ever had.

Krueger also said that Stowe’s Flyboarding lessons are 100 percent safe and worth the price.

“It’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever do,” Krueger said. “I don’t even know how to describe it.”

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Online:

Fox Valley Flyboard: https://www.foxvalleyFlyboard.com

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Information from: Oshkosh Northwestern Media, https://www.thenorthwestern.com

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