Frenchman to Retry ‘Flyboard’ Trip Across English Channel

Franky Zapata performing a training flight over the Saint Inglevert airport near Calais, France, last week. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

A French inventor will try again to traverse the English Channel on a flying board after his first attempt failed halfway.

Franky Zapata’s wife, Christele, said Wednesday that he will retry the 36-kilometer journey Sunday from the French town of Sangatte to the area near Dover.

Last week, on his first attempt, Zapata crashed into a refueling boat 20 kilometers into the trip. This time, his wife said he will use a larger boat for the refueling stop in hopes of making landing easier.

He had to build a new board, a customized version of the Flyboard his company sells for watersports.

The engine is fueled by kerosene he carries in a backpack, his feet fastened to the board.


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