Princes Dock is to play host to ‘flyboarding’ events
A spectacular new craze is set to take the Mersey by storm.
Princes Dock is to play host to ‘flyboarding’ events after its owners struck a deal with Wirral-based international competitor Jay St-John.
The extreme sport, which sees riders connected to ‘jet boots’ which propel them up to 35ft above the water, is growing in popularity across the world.
Thrillseeker Jay, from Moreton, is to use the dock to train ahead of the world championships in Qatar next year.
In return, the 45-year-old has agreed to perform a series of public displays over the coming months.
He said: “Many people haven’t seen anyone flyboarding before, so when they come down to Princes Dock and see us training they are fascinated
“We are very grateful to Peel for letting us use Princes Dock to train. As you can imagine it isn’t an easy thing to train for and requires a large expanse of water, so the dock is perfect.”
Invented in 2011, flyboarding involves a thousand gallons of water a minute being pumped at high pressure to fire riders in to the air.
Competitors are strapped to a small board, with the water pushing them upwards from below their feet to create a jetpack-style effect.
Ian Pollitt from dock owners Peel said: “It will provide a thrilling show for the public and professionals who work in the offices at Princes Dock.”