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Flyboards soar high above Whitefish Lake

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Jun 30 2013 09:49:18 PM MDT
WHITEFISH, Mont. -

At first glance, flyboarding on Whitefish Lake resembles a cross between snowboarding and space travel - it also looks impossible. But Flyboard of Montana partners Shawn Finley and Justin Heyne tell NBC Montana looks can be deceiving.

"Trust me, we'll get you flying. We'll get you up to do it," said Finley.

"Everyone that tries it is truly ecstatic about it," explained Heyne. "We haven't had one person that couldn't do it or wasn't happy with it so far."

The duo say flyboards are a new form of extreme water sports. They wanted to bring something to the Flathead that anyone can master. A long hose attached to a jet ski propels water through a board that is strapped to your feet. Legs and feet work together to move the board in all directions. The more confident the flyer is on the board, the higher they're allowed to go.

"It's really key to keep your body stiff and straight to allow the scuttle system to support the thrust of the board as it lifts you out of the water," said Finley.

Justin and Sean look to the busy summer months of July and August to really get flyboarding - and folks - off the ground and enjoying the view from above.

"Come on out and surf the 'Big Sky' with us," concluded Finley.

For more on Flyboard of Montana, visit their website.