With the fourth of July weekend only a week away... East Tennessee is looking to get out on the water. And one company is throwing a game changer into the mix...
When a simple boat ride isn't enough, people look for an alternative.
That's why Daniel Leal jumped onto the flyboard bandwagon.
"We are from Knoxville and we just love the beach and the coast and stuff and we saw it out there and thought it would be different and I would get out of my other business I was in and get into this business," said Leal.
And Tennessee Flyboard was born, helping people do things they never thought they could do: fly.
"It's no joke, you are flying. You're Iron Man for the day," said Leal.
It's a board that connects to a watercraft like a waverunner. It boosts you sometimes 20 feet into the air. Giving some concerns for safety.
"People get very comfortable with it, and they want to come closer to it and see their friends and the reality is you are on an object with a lot of power on it. It boosts you 20 to 30 feet in the air and we control what that does," said Leal.
Leal said gravity is your biggest enemy with flyboarding. He instructs people ways to stay safe. One of his tips is to stay away from the waverunner itself.
Although the technology is not brand new, it is something that TWRA hasn't seen much of in East Tennessee.
And at this point in time, it's hard to regulate flyboarding, so officers just offer safety tips.
"It looks fun enough for anyone to try, but we just want you to do it in a safe matter. Make sure you have good deep water. Make sure you are away from any obstacles. And just diving down into the water itself, it is going to put some stress on the body. So you are going to want to wear your life-jacket," said Matt Cameron with TWRA.
Cameron said they will keep an eye on flyboarders getting too close to the vessels they are attached to. Also, they will be patrolling the waters as a part of a nationwide effort to lower intoxicated boat driving.
Leal is comfortable with the boards and has seen his customers take some spills, but he's confident this is a growing and safe form of entertainment. He just wanted to bring that movement back home.
"I think it's something like anything. The bigger cities do it, we can do it to," said Leal.
Just remember if you do try, keep your legs straight. Or you may end up with a face full of water.