Teen soars to new heights on flyboard

LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) — An Austin-area high school student is among the best in the world at a new action sport.

Propelled by a flyboard – a water jetpack attached at the foot – riders can hover and soar, flip and plunge in to the water. The sport was invented in 2011 and contests are judged around the world. Damone Rippy, a 16-year-old Lake Travis High School student recently won the North American Flyboard Championship in Toronto.

“It’s honestly the best sport that I can think of, by far. There’s no comparison to it.” Rippy said. “There’s a certain point you get where you’re comfortable on the board and once you get that then you can start doing the harder tricks and you can start pushing yourself a lot more. That’s exactly what I do. I try to push myself as hard as I can every day.”

Rippy is part of the group of flyboarders that work and practice at Aquafly on Lake Travis. Despite taking up the sport only a year ago, Rippy has already traveled around the country and the world competing and participating in flyboarding exhibitions. This fall he will compete in the Flyboarding World Championship.

“When you’re out there flying around, and you just see people’s jaw drop, it’s an awesome feeling,” he said.

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