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Have You Seen This? Flyboarder rescues flipped catamaran
Its hard to right a tipped catamaran by yourself, so its extra handy when a man flying with water is close by to help. - photo by Martha Ostergar
THE OCEAN If you like the ocean and alone time, sailing a catamaran by yourself sounds like a great idea until the catamaran tips.

Now, its not incredibly difficult to right a catamaran with two or more people. However, when you are sailing solo, the body weight of one might make your chore fairly difficult. Thats why I advise* people who sail solo to always do so next to a man who flies with water so he can be your savior.

Thats right, always let a flyboarder be your sailing guide. If you need support for this unprofessional advice, all you have to do is watch this video of a flyboarder doing a solid for a tipped catamaran.

In the video, which was shot at Mission Bay in San Diego, a man is filming the always unexpected sight of a flyboarder lifting out of the water and into the air with the aid of a hoverboard-like craft that uses jets to propel the rider out of the water and into the air.

A nearby catamaran suddenly tips, and without skipping a beat, both the man behind the camera and the flyboarder rush to help. It takes the flyboarder about 30 seconds to gracefully lift the awkward boat back to rights with little fuss for the sailor. The flyboarder then does some fancy tricks in celebration.

The video is oddly inspiring and entertaining, but not just because the rescue looks graceful and effortless. Theres also a little touch of something cartoony that makes the video a bit funny, but I cant quite figure out why. Maybe its it simply because a flyboard looks like something Marvin the Martian from Looney Toons would use. Your theories are welcome in the comments.

*For the record, I should not and do not advise anyone about safely sailing any craft.
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