23May 2017

Riders come in all sizes, Jetblades are designed for each rider to be able to find their optimum width for comfort and stability, not too wide, not too narrow, just right! Riders as young as 9 years old can fly with careful parental supervision. (For riders under 18, parental supervision and acknowledgement of the riders physical limitations and the risks of hydroflight over open water is paramount! Use proper judgement and take advantage of proper training and safety equipment.)

Stance width is not a fixed formula, outside shoulder width is a good starting point for a freestyle stance.  For advanced maneuvers where sideways tweaking in important and knee angles come into play, wider stances can allow more flexibility.  For beginners, wider stances can offer a bit more stability as long as not uncomfortably wide, for example, children riding wide stance adult boards.  All of this is dependent on the individual riders physical geometry and musculature.  Jetblades come with inserts mounted in slotted tracks that allow the user to vary the position and find the optimum comfortable flight position.  Advanced versions of the Jetblade such as the Jetblade CX and the Jetblade Scorpion feature customized stance width in any dimension for the advanced rider that has locked in their stance.

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19May 2017


Hydro Soul the movie is now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, XBox, VUDU and Vimeo On Demand.

We had a fantastic time as captured on film as shown in the movie, behind the scenes it was epic as well. Planning began months before with the concept to shoot a film in the tradition of a surf safari. To go to an exotic place with a group of people and document what happens. We watched various surf and skate and snowboard documentaries, thinking how they locked down a moment in the development of a sport for all time. This was what we were after, not to make an advertisement for the brand, but to allow the riders to explore and be able to share this exploration with the world. From the origins of surfing came the name “soul” and the name Hydro Soul Project materialized early in the production.  We wanted to gently push the boundaries of what was possible, experimenting with inflatable Jaxx, camera angles, different styles of riding and a different more soulful way to look at the sport.  We wanted to give something back to the athletes that give so much to this young sport. Continue reading

18May 2017

Across all cultures, mankind’s universal dream is of flight… In 2011, a new sport was born: Hydroflight. Around the world, pockets of enthusiasts began to develop their skills, without much interaction with each other. In an effort to push the sport forward, ten of the most devoted and innovative riders on hydro Jetpacks and Jetblades got together in exotic Thailand, and the cameras rolled non-stop to record this historic moment in the infancy of the sport. The island of Koh Samui provided warm waters and a beautiful backdrop. This wasn’t about competition…they were free from all the drama…This was about creativity and the shared exhilaration of flight. Hydro Soul was about flying, and giving the riders the tools, time and freedom to explore. They came together from all parts of the USA and spent eight days flying, growing, expanding horizons and sharing ideas while highlighting the awesome attitudes and unbelievable skills.

X’s film project is being distributed through the Orchard by the following outlets:

iTunes

Google Play

Vimeo

Amazon

XBox

VUDU

15May 2017

We offer different combinations to fits your flying requirements and style of riding.  A complete system consists of one of the four choices in Hydro Systems and one of the six versions of hydroflight jet systems. Mix and match as you see fit, contact us our your nearest dealer for more information and assistance in selecting to optimum hydroflight system for you.

Hydroflight and hydrosport power system for conversion of a personal watercraft, aka jet ski, into a water thrust powered flight platform. The most technically advanced water thrust system in the sport. X offers several different configuration to meet your performance needs.

Base Hydro Channel System *components illustrated, actual kit comes fully assembled.

$3595 Base System The system to get you started in hydroflight or to start a hydroflight rental business. Conversion kit includes one adapter for your watercraft, Yamaha, SeaDoo or Kawasaki.  30 meters of heavy duty performance hose, and all high precision, extended durability CNC cut fittings made from marine grade metals. Continue reading

14May 2017

Lyle is on the road this summer on a tour of the Eastern US.  He’ll be bringing the gear for those interested in seeing, asking questions and most of all flying the best hydroflight equipment in the business.  Contact information for arranging appointments and social media feeds to follow, here is the tentative schedule:
May 30 – June 8

North & South Carolina

June 9 – 16

Tennessee & Alabama

June 17 – 23

Georgia

OPEN

July 5 – 8

Quebec, Canada

July 10 – 15

Maritime Provinces, Canada

July 16 to July 31

New England & New York

Aug 1 – 10

New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Virginia

Aug 23 – 27

Copenhagen Denmark

13May 2017

What are the differences between a jetpack and a jetboard?  Generally put, jetpacks have been in the public consciousness for over 50 years, standing jetboards only for a short time.  Older viewers will tend to look at a jetpack and think it looks more familiar, easier to fly.  Younger viewers have the opposite impression, they look at the jetboard and see the familiarity and apparent ease.  Both are easy to fly requiring a minimum of effort and training.   Continue reading

07Feb 2017


Driven by function and use by experts, a purity of materials, the direct design purpose results in a minimalist beauty based on function and resulting in pure performance.

X is building equipment for a new targeted user for season 2017. For 2016 our operating theme was built on #serious, a serious approach to contrast with economy plastic approaches to hydroflight.  We have always placed a high emphasis on proper engineering and a ease of use.  We are doubling down this year on our core values and the core pursuit of building the world’s best performing, most awesome hydroflight equipment.  We love building cool sports gear and we just had to pursue building the ultimate gear we could think of.

With industrial design, and every engineering effort and design, there are compromises.  A series of choices on where to put the emphasis in a design.  X has always built products to fit the widest range of users, emphasizing ease of use, safety and durability.  In 2017 with riders capable of a higher level of riding becoming more prevalent, X has taken the direct riders feedback and continuously evolved its Jetblade and Jetpack line to meet their ever increasing demands.

At this point, a complete new line of product in the X line has been developed to take this shift in the market one step further.  A re-balancing of the core aspects of the design approach has opened up possibilities for higher performance Jetblades and Jetpacks. Continue reading

31Jan 2017

A jet ski is a high performance engine connected to a high volume water pump.  Although a jet ski was developed for sport and recreation, the efficiency of the package has been adapted to practical uses.  One of the most practical uses has been developed by the Deep Blue Sea company in Dubai, working with the Dubai Directorate General of Civil Defense. Continue reading

29Nov 2016
Full Carbon Fiber Baseplates, part of X's new CX Lab series of high end hydroflight products and product enhancements.

Full Carbon Fiber Baseplates, part of X’s new CX Lab series of high end hydroflight products and product enhancements. Shown above two sizes, 42 CM stance width and 58CM stance width.

CX Baseplates are one of the new products to come out of the CX Lab at X-Jets.  Fully carbon fiber baseplates offer the lowest profile, height off the pivot centerline and lowest weight with stiffness that is unmatched.  Each set of CX baseplates is custom made to order in the stance width of your choice.  Compact is the key factor here, so the variable stance width for different riders was superseded by a single stance width spec to allow the maximum design benefit.

Prices:

Jetblade Full Kit: Base Hydro Channel System + Jetblade with CX Carbon Fiber Baseplates $6535

Jetblade Solo: Jetblade with CX Carbon Fiber Baseplates (no hydro power system) $2940

CX Carbon Fiber Baseplates: Baseplate pair only as upgrade part for any existing Jetblade $950

[note: CX Baseplates are custom made to order and have a three week production time. 40 CM width stance plates are in stock for immediate shipment.]
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13Nov 2016

Ben Merrell of Destin Florida is an absolute professional in every meaning of the word. Ben made the long trip from Florida to Osaka Japan to compete in the JABA’s Aquaboard Championship at Nishikinohama Park on October 21-22, 2016. Ben had a series of sensational runs that culminated in a first place victory decision from the judges. Continue reading

11Nov 2016

Jake Orel is the top seeded rider in the world on jetboard devices. Jake joined the X Rebel Faction in Osaka Japan at the recent Nishikinohama Park JABA Aquaboard 2016 Championship. Jake trains and rides for team Aquafly out of Austin Texas. Jake makes it look easy due to his relaxed style, but his technical ability has been honed to perfection. It shows in the video above. Jake took home second place in the competition and inspired the audience and the other competitors.

Jake summed it up by saying, “I was proud to compete in the JABA competition in Japan, it had to have been one of if not the most well organized competitions I’ve ever seen!”

11Nov 2016

Ryouichi Manyama, returning to the board after recovering from an injury, showed his trademark aggressive slashing style. We love the superman to grab to back. Nicely done! Ryouichi rides for his sponsor 3601 Motorsports.

11Nov 2016

Nishikinohama Park in Osaka Japan was the place to be on the weekend of October 22-23, 2016 as the JABA held it’s year end event for hydroflight in Japan.  The JABA Japan Aqua Board Association’s mission is to build the sport of hydroflight in Japan and encourage competition.  They have put on competitions throughout the summer and for the final, decided to open the field up to riders from other countries.  Scott Geltman, Ben Merrell, Jake Orel and Mike Traster made the trip from the USA to participate in the Jetpack and Jetboard divisions.

 

30Oct 2016

Scotty’s gonzo jetpack style was on full display at Nishikinohama Park during the JABA Aquaboard Championship, October 21-22, 2016. Full enthusiasm and expressing the larger than life thrill of riding a jetpack was evident in every moment of Scotty’s runs. Scott took home a second place to his team mate Mike, but left an impression on the crowd that will not soon be forgotten! Continue reading

28Oct 2016

Mike “Thrasher” Traster was part of the original hydro jetpack riding crew. Mike defined what was possible and inspired many others to jump on a hydro jetpack and define their own limits. Mike has continued to push the limits and develop a unique style that resonates confidence, style and creativity. Backwards slaloms are the smoothest in the biz, rodeo flips from the top, and all of the element linked together into the most action packed two minutes in the biz. An amazing run brought a re-energized Traster back to the top of the podium in the JABA Aquaboard Championship in Nishikinohama Park, Osaka, Japan. Mike Traster is the man, in black. Continue reading

23Oct 2016

X·Jets builds the world’s best selling and best built, serious hydroflight jetpack. The years we have been building, we have continually improved the X·Jetpack with feedback from the first time users and the pros that use our products.

11Oct 2016

Ran Xiao Qiang, in Xi’an China, knocking out the previously mythical front flip with casual ease. The elusive Frontflip had been documented once or twice before in blurry cell phone video segments and many times in verbal legend, this proves what is possible. Frontflip followed by Backflip just to show the control. Riding the X-Jets Jetblade, Ran shows that limits are only in your mind and redefines the relationship of East to West progression.

08Aug 2016

X-Jets, Stratospheric Industries, is now the proud sponsor of the China National Team for Hydroflight jetboards and jetpacks! The team selected X-Jets Jetblades and X-Jetpacks based on the superior quality of the gear, superior performance, and ease of maintenance.  The China team situation is an amazing one, unlike anything else in the world. Designed to develop and foster the growth of the next generation of hydro athletes, a marine sports school on the shore of a beautiful lake in eastern China.  Forty lucky young athletes live in a dormitory, eat, sleep, and live marine sports.  Jetskis, stand up jet skis, jetboards and now jetpacks.  The training is for shows and competitions, building the talent pool and ability levels in advance of the needs for competition. Athletes eat a healthy diet, run 5 kilometers in the morning, and then start to practice on the best marine equipment, SeaDoo, Yamaha, Rickter stand ups, etc.  Jetblades are naturally the best hydro jetboards available, and the team is fully stocked.  X-Jetpacks are new to the mix and the team caught on to flying quick!

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04Aug 2016

Dual 180 from X-Jets, the most technically advanced, beautifully finished, carefully engineered 180 U redirect in all of hydrosport.  X backs up the superior engineering with careful attention to fit and finish.  X anticipates high stress areas and goes and extra step to insure longevity and quality.  The CNC lathe finished 316 stainless steel inolet port on the Dual 180.  Higer stresses are on the mounting side and non-linear torques.  We decided to up the ante and make it stainless.   All this computer flow shaped goodness wrapped inside high temp powder coating inside and out with hard wearing thick epoxy graphics.

The proof is in the putting. Hydro-Fest top podium winner Ben Merrell.  This is the power that hydro has been waiting for.

$250 upgrade from standard X-Jets silicone U.

#superiority #xjets #trustx #

29Jul 2016

ceramic tough ax 3K

Ball bearings are what make things spin and in X-Jets hose swivels and thrust nozzles, the life of the friction free hydroflight party.  Hard round balls that ride in precision machined channels, taking up all the stresses and force and letting you steer and fly with precision.  The balls have to resist salt water corrosion, metals are out of the question, so the first choice is Acetal, POM Copolymer (Delrin®) (Celcon®) (Acetron®) engineering plastic with great wear resistance. What if you want to spring for the next level of friction resistance to alleviate the occasional sticking of the action of your board or jetpack when you have grit in?

Ceramic ball bearings are a step up in performance, they are hard, harder than almost any other materials.  They are twice as hard as stainless steel and an in an entirely different class of hardness than conventional Acetal bearings, incomparable.  Hard means they roll easier, grind up sand granules and never need lubrication, completely resistant to absorbing water and will never corrode, will never wear out.

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Ceramic bearings are performance items and are expensive, for the rider looking for every advantage, they are unbeatable.  Ceramic, M8 (actual 7.93mm), G5, 128 pieces in a set, for the Jetblade by X-Jets.  $620, free shipping.

07Jul 2016

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We came across a new term the other day the “high heel effect”, discussing the relative height of the base of the foot over the centerline of the nozzles. Flydive positions its one key tech, that the lower foot mounting points reduced the “torque” that can overpower a rider’s ankles.  This is the same erroneous basis as the now infamous spontaneous death spiral meme spawned by our esteemed competitor.  Jet forces “overpowering” the rider and leading to a dramatic crash. Let’s review the claim in it’s stated form.

DRS Tech™ stands for Dynamic Response & Stability Technology, it’s unique to FlyDive and solves two very important performance challenges. In other boards, foot positioning higher above the bearing rotational axis creates stronger torque on the ankles, a feeling we call the “high heel effect”. Balance corrections from a higher platform feel heavier on the ankles for both beginners and pros alike, and can overpower the rider, causing a crash. Additionally, a higher foot platform raises the center of gravity of the rider, and contributes to over-committed body lean and stability challenges for beginners. With FlyDive’s proprietary DRS Tech™ design, the feet are placed lower and closer to the rotational axis than any other board on the market (half as high). This empowers beginners to make small balance corrections easily and gain stability naturally, while advanced flyers enjoy better response for quick directional changes during tricks. DRS Tech™ endows the X-Board with the widest performance range available, making it the one board the entire family can learn on quickly, and progress all the way up through advanced skill levels.  

*courtesy Jetpack America website.

Let’s talk about the myth of the HiHE, high heel effect and it’s evil big brother, the SDS, spontaneous death spiral.  The terminology is the same, although downplayed from the  hysteria of the full blown death spiral mythology. The technical term for flexing at the ankle is dorsiflexion and plantar flexion.  Lifting your toes and pointing your toes down. the key movement in walking, standing and naturally, hydroflight jetboards.

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20Jun 2016
hydro flight power redirection for increased power

Limited Series Founder’s edition July 2016, Steath Black, Dual 180 “Shotgun” U

Stratospheric is always looking for more power and less cavitation in hydroflight power channels.  Strato looked at the options and listened to the discussions and inputs from all sources and research through the historical records.  Applying the theories to jet ski powered water jetpacks and modelling them in three dimensional computer software and then running high powered water flow simulations to optimize the results.  X’s being able iterate, modeling new geometry and re-run simulations in a cycle resulted in a tuning of the channel shape, split and the structure of the chambers for an optimized flow. Two channels, one result, a more streamlined water flow with less mixing, turbulence.  Cleaner power. X’s new 2016 Dual 180 splits the water flow coming out of the pump into two streams around the U bend, minimizes power robbing intermixing, guiding through the 180 degree turn toward the front of the ski, and seamlessly recombining the flow into a blast directed at your ongoing conflict with gravity.  Look at the sculpted geometry, this is what sets apart X from the rest. Design is what we do, design is our strength and experience, combined with decades of CAD experience in surface modeling.  The ability to sculpt 3D surfaces into smooth water flowing channels.  Look at the smooth geometry inside and out, this is what water loves to slide against!

To prove the theory in practice, we took some big blocks of billet aluminum alloy, had our CNC machinist honed out the first of the new dual channels for real world testing, welding the two shells together and attaching CNC milled flanges with our marine grade 316 alloy hardware.  We gave sent the Dual 180 to Ben Merrell for testing at the Hydro Jam in Austin Texas. Boom!  Ben got out of the water shaking with adrenalin.  Power in spades.

 

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