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FLY BUOYS; Your chance to do this for first time in Wales.

Byline: SARA THOMAS

DARE-DEVIL visitors will get the chance to be the first in Wales to try out a spectacular new type of watersport set to make a big splash in Conwy.

The company that brought flyboarding - already tried by Hollywood stars like Leonardo DeCaprio, Tom Cruise and Vin Diesel - to the UK will be showcasing the adrenalin-fuelled craze for the first time at the All Wales Boat Show.

One of the highlights for visitors at this year's show, to be staged at Conwy from May 30 to June 1, will be the opportunity to try flyboarding themselves with expert instructors in the safe waters of the marina.

A flyboard is a type of water jetpack connected by a long hose to a powerful jet-ski through which gallons of water are pumped at high pressure.

Water is shot out through jet nozzles beneath the feet of the rider who can be lifted up to 15 metres in the air. By using two hand jets the rider can change the direction of their flight.

It's been described as "flying like a bird while swimming like a dolphin", and more accomplished flyboarders can go on to perform manoeuvres like spins, back-flips and dives.

Mike Dear, head of sales and training at Dumfries-based Wetjets.co.uk, said: "We've demonstrated it at a couple of boat shows but bringing it to Conwy will be the first time it has been available to try at a show in Wales."

"It gives you a real adrenalin buzz and isn't that difficult to learn. I'd say most people can be up and be flying within about 10 minutes and self-sufficient after three or four lessons.

"For safety reasons we've set a lower age limit of 16 but last March we had a guy of 67 doing it on Loch Auchenreoch, near Dumfries, which was still partially frozen at the time.

Wetjets will have flyboards available for anyone to try on all three days of the All Wales Boat Show, offering a 10-minute lesson for PS40.

This year's show will be officially opened by the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates.

Luxury yachts and motorboats will be on show along with cars from Rolls Royce, Bentley and McLaren and motorbikes from Harley Davidson and even a helicopter. At the other end of the spectrum, there will be paddleboarding, coracles and bath-tub racing.

The show is being billed as a Celebration of Welsh Coast Life and the aim is to tap into the potential of the marine leisure industry which pumps around PS200 million into the Welsh economy each year.

The 2014 event will be held over three days and will be staged on a single site on the Conwy side of the estuary instead of being split over two locations.

. ? For more information go to www.allwalesboatshow.com

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Apr 15, 2014
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