Where is the world headed for travel? What is the newest challenge for the X Games? And who can accomplish what no other human being but James Bond could?
Introducing the JETLEV — a new cutting edge flying machine. The water powered flying jetpack and its pilot will take to the Pacific Ocean on September 29th, 2012, and make the 26-mile open-ocean crossing from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon, Catalina Island. The goal? To set a new world record for flight distance of the JETLEV water borne jetpack.
Dean O’Malley, an extreme sports athlete and expert JETLEV Pilot, will be making the attempt at being the first person ever to fly a JETLEV water-powered jetpack from the shores of beautiful Newport Beach, CA non-stop to Avalon, Catalina Island.
“When I look at the other people who have done similar things to establish ‘firsts,’ whether it’s the highest skydive or surfing the biggest wave ever recorded, it’s something that I can relate to, even if not on the same scale,” Dean O’Malley commented. “I’ve always tried to push my own perceived limitations. What I’ve learned over the years is that most people have the capability to do a lot of things, but the fear is what usually keeps people from trying them. When you work through the doubt to pull something off, you realize just how much potential we all have.”
“We’re only limited by our own perceived limitations,” O’Malley added.
The voyage will begin early Saturday morning at the entrance of Newport Beach’s beautiful harbor, right next to the famous surf spot, the Wedge. In honor and tribute to the 100th centennial anniversary of Glenn L. Martin’s successful flight on the gossamer “pusher” biplane from Newport Beach to Catalina (once the longest sustained over-water flight ever achieved), Dean will participate and demonstrate the JETLEV jetpack during the Catalina Air Show.
Stay tuned for more details on the record setting flight on TheSurfChannel.com!