MINDBLOWN. My eyes couldn’t believe what I was watching at first, professional stuntman Arran Topham rises up out of the water doing dolphin jumps and backwards somersaults using a jetpack invented by jetski racer, Franky Zapata. Thomas Giddings’ new scintillating short film takes its name from the Greek myth of a child who flew too close to the sun and fell to a watery death. The gadget has given Arran a superhuman ability to walk on water – it’s something you’d see in James Bond or even a Batman film. So who has a spare $10,000 to spare? I’d like a flyboard. Watch the film on the reverse.
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STATS FROM ON SET
Poole harbor, Dorset.
Distance to the Sea of Crete where, according to Greek myth, Icarus drowned
Highest altitude reached
Minimum depth of water required to operate
Highest velocity in the air/underwater
Ten knots/4 knots.
Volume of water ejected by Flyboard
1,000 liters a minute.
Number of times Topham had flown the Flyboard before filming
Number of times Tophan had to be pulled out of the water
One local expert and two other stuntmen on jet skis.
Liquid consumed on set
Twelve hours of torrential rain.
Time it took to recover