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New Extreme Water Sports Drawing Attention

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - A new extreme water sport is making waves this summer in Ocean City.  Water jetpacks and flyboards are drawing the attention of beach goers and state officials.

A flyboard or jetpack is a watercraft that can propel passenger - using water - up to 40 or 50 feet into the air.  Cindy Johnson was in town on vacation from Boulder, Colorado and couldn't pass up a ride.

"If you just listen and do as your told, you have a great time and you get up and it is such a great feeling when you get there, you realize it is easier when you relax and just do it," Johnson said.

Johnson went to Chesapeake Flyingboarding, one of a handful of similar businesses in the beach resort area.  But because these businesses and sport is so new, there are very few rules in place.  WBOC spoke with Lt. Scott Richardson of the Maryland Natural Resources Police who said currently there are only temporary regulations in place for the water sport.  They include staying 100 feet away from anything else in the water, having a second boat on hand for safety of the passengers, and always have on the proper safety equipment.

Justin Wood is the co-owner of Chesapeake Flyboarding who said he has been working closely with DNR to ensure all safety regulations are met and his customers are in good hands.

"As long as you have your proper people and certified instructors out there with you, you should have no issues at all.  The reality of it is, you can get hurt doing anything and you can hurt doing this also, but if you just listen to us at all times, you'll be good and clean and have a great time in Ocean City," said Wood.

DNR police officials told WBOC they plan on using the current temporary regulations through the rest of the summer and then plan on coming up with some more permanent rules surrounding the new extreme water sport after the first of the new year.



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