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Franky Zapata becomes first person to cross English Channel on hoverboard

A man from France has become the first person to successfully cross the English Channel on a hoverboard.

Franky Zapata completed the 21-mile stretch from Sangatte near Calais to St Margaret's Bay near Dover this morning.

It was his second attempt at the challenge - his first ended following problems with a refuelling platform on a boat in the sea.

Franky Zapata. Picture: Zapata
Franky Zapata. Picture: Zapata

The 40-year-old Frenchman, a former JetSki champion, travelled on a Flyboard Air which he invented himself.

He completed the challenge to coincide with the 110th anniversary of the first cross-Channel flight by Louis Bleriot.

According to reports the Flyboard only has a flight time of 10 minutes.

The Flyboard Air in action Picture: Zapata
The Flyboard Air in action Picture: Zapata

Mr Zapata is the founder of the company Zapata, which develops and makes hydro and jet-powered products to both travel in air and go over water.

These are tailored for the he recreation, entertainment, military, medical, and industrial sectors.

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