Monday, February 1, 2016

Thrill-Seekers Could Soon Ride the Clouds with This New Sky Surfing Board

Wingboarding’ is a new type of adventure sport that will soon be made available to thrill-mongers around the world. Developed by Wyp Aviation, a startup company trying to “take aviation to the next level”, the WingBoard provides riders with a stable platform that flies through the air rather than falling towards the ground.
It’s sort of a cross between skysurfing and wakeboarding and involves surfing through the sky on a board while being towed by a plane. The daredevil stunt is meant to emulate the comic book superhero Silver Surfer, who can travel through space on his surfboard-shaped craft. “The WingBoard is like a wakeboard, but instead of slicing through waves behind a boat, you’re being towed by a plane, carving through clouds,” said founder and lead engineer Aaron Wypyszynski

I think I have to call Shenanigans on this one. This looks totally fake and I can't see how a guy maintains stability at the speeds necessary to keep him airborne. Landing also appears problematic as any decrease in air speed would cause this small glider, with the weight of a man on it, to tumble to the ground. Call me when I real sized human can fly and glide this thing without dying in the process.

Sorry for the crappy font and size which I tried to fix but couldn't GRRRRRRR.


jester59388 said...

I look forward to the cleansing of the gene pool that this will enable. Idiots and douchebags feel free to give it a whirl. Be sure to hold your shirt up over your abs, stick out your tongue and make devil horns in your selfie before plummeting to certain death. We wouldn't want to remember you any other way.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Oh if they only televised the first attempts. I do enjoy the comedy.

Nathan said...

So like Kit Cloudkicker on TaleSpin?