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Lake Lanier Flyboard offering lessons and a show for Margaritaville attendees
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Kristen Amerein gives Alexander Maravegias, Amerein’s son-in-law, a boost as he demonstrates how to use a Flyboard on Lake Lanier on Friday, May 22, 2015. A hose attached to a personal watercraft forces pressurized water through jet nozzles on the board allowing riders to execute tricks. - photo by Erin O. Smith
Starting this week, Lake Lanier Flyboard will be holding weekly Flyboard shows and lessons every Friday from now to the end of August.

From 6 to 8 p.m., attendees aged 13 and older will be able to see professional flyboarders — the stuff of viral videos for the past few years — perform tricks and stunts at the Margaritaville resort, as well as get the opportunity to try the sport out for themselves. Lake Lanier Flyboard owner Alexander Maravegias describes the sensation of being on a Flyboard as akin to being a superhero.

Flyboard Show and lessons

What: Trained Flyboard specialists will teach people of all skill levels how to ride a Flyboard

When: 6-8 p.m. Fridays, June 28 to Aug. 30

Where: 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

How much: $49-$129

More info: https://www.facebook.com/LakeLanierFlyboard/

“I’ve loved flyboarding and the feeling that it gives me since day one,” Maravegias said. “Every time I strap on the board I get the sense of adrenaline. It’s just such an amazing feeling. It’s a feeling you cannot describe too well other than feeling like Iron Man. 

“You just feel like you’re Tony Stark flying in the air.”

Lake Lanier Flyboard will offer lessons ranging from 15 minutes to an hour for all skill levels. While the sport can appear dangerous, with people flying up to dozens of feet into the air on water-propelled boards, Maravegias says the lessons will be in a controlled environment to help prevent injuries and keep everyone involved safe.

“It’s actually a lot less dangerous than you would think,” Maravegias said. “Everybody thinks it’s dangerous just because it looks so crazy, but pretty much 90% of the people who come out are first timers, they’re all beginners. The first thing is the depths of the water, which we have plenty of depth in where we fly, but of course they have helmets and life jackets so they stay afloat. It’s basically the instructor on the jetski who’s giving them the throttle, is in control of how much water pressure is coming out from the board.” 

According to Maravegias, communication between instructors and trainees is key to best facilitate a safe training environment, from a trainer understanding when a rider appears to be losing control and reacting accordingly or a boarder knowing how best to get a handle on their board.
“So say, for example, a guy’s getting up and he’s kind of turning and he looks like he’s gonna fall, our guy will slowly release the throttle so it kind of eases his fall a little bit. He won’t let them get too close to the jetski, because that’s pretty much the only thing to be concerned about. We don’t let them get anywhere near the docks or land or anything like that, so it’s easy to just let go of the throttle and say ‘hey, come back this way.’”
The shows themselves are free to Margaritaville patrons, only requiring admission into the park, which varies depending on the person’s height, age or group size. For more information, check out Margaritaville’s price breakdown. Prices for lessons range from $49 for a 15 minute session to $129 for an hour:
15 minutes: $49
30 minutes: $69
45 minutes: $99
One Hour: $129

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