By Olivia B. Waxman
May 1, 2016

A Frenchman set a new world record for “farthest ‘hoverboard’ flight,” at a little more than a mile off the coast of the South of France, Guinness World Records confirmed in a blog post Saturday.

Champion jet skier Franky Zapata’s approximately 1.4-mile (2,252-meter) trek over Sausset-les-Pins soars past the record of 0.17 miles (275.9 meters) set last year by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru.

Before Zapata even achieved the feat with his creation, known as a Flyboard Air, video of a test flight racked up more than 3.7 million views on YouTube.

 

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