JEDDAH: Jeddah is legendary for its gorgeous seashores and water actions — and flyboarding is turning into growing fashionable as a pastime there.
The flyboard, a hydro-flight equipment that makes use of propulsion to drive a board into the air to carry out tips and maneuvers, was created in 2012 by French watercraft rider Franky Zapata.
The artwork of water hoverboarding is practiced by Layan Al-Azhari, a Saudi lady who teaches flyboarding wherever she finds a physique of water deep sufficient to assist the board and enormous sufficient to fly over.
“I take pleasure in all sorts of sports activities, and I’ve tried horseback driving, scuba diving and flyboarding, which is my new ardour,” Al-Azhari informed Arab Information.
“I met Mussab Felemban, who’s a flyboard teacher, 10 months in the past, and he taught me every little thing I find out about flyboarding, and now it is a part-time job for me at Al-Ashoor Island seashore in Jeddah,” she mentioned.
After Al-Azhari, who’s a gross sales consultant for a neighborhood financial institution, found a ardour for watersports she determined to attain creativity within the sport. She can also be now an teacher.
“Operating from my desk job, I noticed individuals on the seashore taking part in this sport, and I used to be amazed by how excessive they might get within the air with the flyboard, and I needed to attempt it for myself,” she mentioned.
Al-Azhari is lively on social media, particularly on TikTok, the place she has gathered greater than 96,000 followers in solely two months. “Many ladies come to me on the seashore to show them the game, which is a superb indicator that the ladies in society are focused on taking part in a sport,” she mentioned.
A joint memorandum of understanding has now been signed by the Saudi Water Sports activities and Diving Federation and the Ministry of Human Sources and Social Improvement with the intention of boosting Saudization and empowering girls within the watersports and diving trade.
The settlement additionally goals to extend the proportion of ladies taking part within the labor drive by private-sector companies engaged in diving and watersports.