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French jet ski champion smashes the Guinness World Record for farthest hoverboard flight

On Saturday, 37-year-old French jet ski champion Franky Zapata smashed the Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight by reaching a distance of 7,388 feet.

Zapata, who was also at a height of 50 feet in the air, pulled off the attempt just off the coast of Sausset-les-Pins in south France on the Flyboard Air, which was developed by his company Zapata Racing.

Zapata beat the record set last year by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru, who travelled 905 feet.

“It’s an amazing sensation, it’s really peaceful,” Zapata said in an interview following the flight. “I open my arms because it helps me control my movements, but when you open your hands and you feel the wind go through your hand and you have nothing under your feet — it’s hard to describe, really. You have to experience this moment in your life.”

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