We have yet to tell the story of how we wound up flying on a beach in Dubai with Ben Merrell and his friends. At the end of last summer, right at the end of July, we announced that the Jetblade was ready and we started to ship the boards. At the time we had no familiarity with the workings of the tight Flyboard circle and the carefully stage managed turmoil that was contained within. We got into contact with Ben Merrell and he was interested in trying the board, at the same time, he and Jeff Elkins had announced their new wireless throttle project. Essentially they had been “excommunicated” (a term that we would hear over and over from all kinds of affiliates) from the “Flyboard Family”, he had the option to try something new, the Jetblade was a perfect fit.
Ben got on the Jetblade and immediately began to explore its potential in a way that no one else had. He was killing it on the Jetblade with new tricks and the freedom to move faster and easier than he had on his Flyboard. He posted on YouTube the first video shot by Randy Borrell on September 15, 2014. ka-boom.