Kalamalka Lake is record-breaking ground, er, water.
A professional team of flyboarders have been hovering over the lake this week displaying the unique sport – a flyboard is a type of water jetpack attached to a personal watercraft which supplies propulsion to drive the flyboard through air and water.
While the lake is home to almost every other water sport (paddleboards, water skis, wakeboards, kayaks, jet skis and more) it was a rare sight for many who took in the Team CanFly action Wednesday and Thursday.
Not only that, but those on the shores of Kekuli Bay Thursday afternoon caught history in the making. With 10 to 15 flyboards and other hydroflight devices, a Canadian record was in the works with the most flyboards on Canadian water.
“There’s been maybe four on the water at once,” said Michael Prince, professional flyboarder with Team CanFly. “We’re setting the record, officially.”
The occasion, which was professionally filmed, also puts the local lake in the spotlight, which was chosen for its majestic beauty.
“We chose the lake for the beautiful colour of the water and we needed a quieter location,” said Prince, as even a location such as Kelowna can get too busy and distracting for the athletes.
And the locals appreciated the opportunity to catch the action.
“Everyone was thanking us and cheering us on. Everyone is super respectful,” said Prince, adding that even the water has been “bearable” with wet suits.
Spectators were also slated to be treated to a night show Thursday evening.
“We’re trying to pioneer things and grow the sport and build the passion,” said Prince, whose team is training and looking for sponsors to help them get to the World Cup in Dubai this year.
Prince, originally an Ontario professional in the business world, came upon the sport while setting up a website for a client. Now he’s ditched the suit for a life vest and the chance to soar.
“I’ll be travelling, doing shows and competing until mid-December,” said Prince, who also works seasonally operating Canadian Jet Pack Adventures in Kelowna.
For a video of the unique sport visit www.vernonmorningstar.com.