Just a few short months ago, legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk teamed up with the Funny or Die crew and spoofed some 13 million people into believing the hoverboard from Back to the Future II actually existed. Well, as it turns out, the hoverboard just may exist.
Recently, the ten time X Games gold medalist and writer Dave Carnie headed up to the Arx Pax warehouses in Los Gatos, California and finally set foot on the world’s first flying skateboard, “The Hendo.” As soon as the device was fired up and Hawk entered the copper lined skate ramp, it was show time.
The Hendo board works by generating a magnetic field over a conductive surface like copper, which then generates an opposing field resulting in the board hovering about an inch above the ground.
“This is real, folks,” said Hawk. “This is the real hoverboard right here, so forget everything you know.”
Hendo creators launched a Kickstarter for the project about 10 months ago, raising nearly $500,000, just about double the initial goal. As for the future of Hendo, Arx Pax looks to continue to develop the project and hopefully make them available to everyone looking to fly.