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Meet Gemma Weston, the World's Female Flyboarding Champion

 

When it comes to professional flyboarding, no one does it better than Gemma Weston who was crowned World Champion at the Flyboard World Cup in Dubai last year. Before that, not many people had even heard of flyboarding, let alone that it was a competitive sport. So what does it take to become a world champion, you might ask? For starters, it's not cheap.

The equipment alone costs between $5,000 and $6,000. And good equipment is important—the rider has to stand and balance on a board attached to two jets that are constantly expelling water at high pressure. A long hose pumps water into the jets and the rider controls the pressure with the help of a remote that looks kind of like a Wii Nunchuck. Basically, it's some seriously high-tech stuff. It may not be accessible to the average person, but it sure looks fun, right?

Flyboarders can get as highas 37 feet in the air and move at outrageous speeds—that's what gives them the leverage to perform crazy, adrenaline-pumping stunts. In the video above from H2R0 magazine, Weston practically dances mid-air, swaying her hips, spinning in circles, performing backward and forward flips, all with effortless ease. It goes without saying that her gravity-defying skills require some serious coordination.

She has her unique fitness background to thank for that—the world champion comes from a family of stunt performers and has done some notable stunt work herself, including work in Neverland, The Hobbit Trilogy and The Seeker. Weston made the transition to flyboarding when her brother started up a flyboarding company, Flyboard Queenstown, back in 2013. In just over two years, she's gone from never even hearing about the sport to winning a world championship.

Weston's skills are undeniable, but we think we'll stick to the safety of our stand-up paddleboards, thankyouverymuch.

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