My husband’s birthday was approaching and once again I was scratching my head in desperation. I am in no way capable of keeping up with the latest gadgets and he is not the type to impress by massage or fancy food and drink. So when I saw a video clip of flyboarding I knew I was on to something.

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I arranged a date with Flyboard Malaysia in Putrajaya and already felt pretty pleased with myself! The kids could hardly keep it a secret, but we just managed to get the birthday boy to Putrajaya in his swimming gear without him guessing a thing. Aris and his team gave us brief and clear instructions, strapped him into those magic boots connected to a jetski and off he went. It started with some great splashes and I already started worrying a bit for his poor old back.

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But he persevered and in the end was doing very well indeed:

 

While flyboarding is suitable only for those weighing over 20kg the kids can have a go with the instructors if adults are flying. They really did have the sweetest deal – they got to do some cool tricks without having to end up face first in the lake even once.

 

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I couldn’t resist trying it out for myself! I swallowed a few litres of  lake water in between the first tries before I managed to wobble up in the air on that jet of water. Getting up time after time gets quite tiring and I had enough after about 10 minutes – but I did manage a flight of several seconds. 20 minutes is a standard flight time – plenty to both enjoy the sensation of flying and wear you out.

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Birthday boy confidently says it looks more difficult than is – I would veer towards “looks difficult, is difficult”. Anyhow it was great fun for the whole family and a very good present, I hear.

Rates at the moment start from RM 370 for a beginner’s solo flight and RM 689 for two persons. They also do groups and events can be arranged. The more advanced flyers can try the hoverboard – a skateboard connected to the same system whereas those more into muscle power can try out stand up paddling.

*We received a small discount on our package in return for a posting. Opinions, as always, are our own.

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