Flyboarding making splash in Hoosier state

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Like Iron Man lifting off from the ground, a figure came blasting out of the water of Geist Reservoir.

Jets of water shot from the contraption on his feet, and he rose slowly, unsteadily at first. But after a few seconds, Paul Stoeppelwerth gained his balance and was zooming 15 feet above the waves as a jet ski slowly circled below him.

By aiming his feet at different angles and locking his legs in, he could soar as high as the treetops.

Stoeppelwerth is one of a growing group of watersport enthusiasts to master the art of flyboarding, a hybrid of surfing, wakeboarding and parasailing. He brought it to central Indiana, spending the past five months teaching daredevils and first-timers to fly on their own.


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