Former start-up Zapata is developing valuable technology and building a successful technological arsenal around patents.
On the 4th of August of 2019 Franky Zapata, the former professional jet ski pilot, and inventor of the Zapata Flyboard Air, became the first man to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard. Escorted by three helicopters, it took Mr. Zapata about 22 minutes to fly over the 35 kilometers, reaching speeds of up to 177km/h.
Zapata is currently the leader in developing and manufacturing hydro- and jet-powered technologies and products. Their methodology, algorithms and patent designs are developed and commercialised for the recreation, entertainment, military, medical and industrial sectors. Their story begins with Zapata Racing, a step taken by Franky Zapata to satisfy his passion for jet-skis by inventing aftermarket products for personal water crafts. With the desire to create faster products, Zapata began manufacturing the fastest sit-down and stand-up jet skis in the racing world.