Flyboarding sets up base in Hadsan Cove-A A +A
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
HAVE you ever wondered how it feels to fly like Iron Man?
A watersports company in Lapu-Lapu City is offering the newest sea adventure in Cebu: the flyboard.
The Diamond Watersports at the Hadsan Cove Resort in Barangay Agus awed spectators and athletes during the Ironman triathlon last Sunday when it held a flyboard exhibition in the waters off the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa.
His feet attached to the flyboard, a man with a life vest stood over the sea, the force of water propelling him upward.
“We want to increase the quality of watersports activities and equipment here in Lapu-Lapu,” said BJ Ang of the Diamond Watersports.
The company, which started operating in Lapu-Lapu a few months ago, got the equipment from the Networx Jetsports, a jetski shop based in Subic, Pampanga.
Flying over the sea on a flyboard comes with a hefty price.
The company charges a customer P4,500 for a 20-minute use of the flyboard, which is controlled by an operator onboard a jetski.
Ang said they charge that much because of the high cost of the equipment and of operating it.
But he assured the experience is worth the price. “It’s definitely worth it. You get to fly like Iron Man or Superman above the water,” he said.
“It gives one a feeling of fulfillment just to be able to stand on the flyboard,” he added.
The fee they charge, Ang said, is the cheapest in the world, with other countries offering flyboard at $150 or roughly P6,500 for every 20 minutes
City Tourism Officer Hembler Mendoza said the newest addition to the city’s watersports activities will help the city attract more visitors.
“It’s an added attraction,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.
Mendoza said the City plans to hold a flyboard competition next summer. “Other countries like Qatar and France are holding competition for professional flyboarders. We can also do that here,” he said.
Flyboard exhibitions can also be held during events in the city’s resorts, he said.
The City recently stepped up its effort to attract tourists by branding itself “The Historic Resort City”. It also adopted a tourism slogan: “Free Yourself.”
Mendoza said the flyboard will help the city give tourists a “fun, memorable and meaningful experience.”
Ang assured the flyboard is safe, as they have operators who undergo constant training and the activity is done on water.
To ensure safety, they only allow persons 18 years old and above to try the activity.
“With flyboard, you fall into the water,” he said. He advised beginners to relax, trust the technology and enjoy the aerial view once they are up.
Despite the high price, Ang said he is confident the flyboard will be a hit in Lapu-Lapu.
“We were able to do it in Subic. There’s no reason we can’t do it in Lapu-Lapu and Cebu, especially that there are more tourists here,” he said.
Diamond Watersports also offers parasailing, band wagon, jetski rentals, banana boat, hoverboard and flyfish.
By offering the flyboard, Ang said his company wants to show that Filipinos are able to enjoy the latest watersports activities.
“We want the public to know that we have it here and that it’s something that we should be proud of,” he said.
For inquiries, one may contact Diamond Watersports through these mobile phone numbers: 09398068491, 09231498603 and 09275479187. RSB
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 13, 2014.