What comes to mind when you think of a Chinese Canadian named Raymond Li living in St. John’s, Newfoundland? The likely answer is not hydro jet packs or walking on water. However, Li was the first person to develop jet levitation technology that is essentially a combination of a jet ski tethered to a jet pack using hi pressure water to keep a pilot above the water. He developed the Jetlev (abbreviated from the words Jet Levitation) concept in 2000.
Over a decade later, these crazy machines are taking the turn to real production from prototype. Jetlev Sports Inc.of Florida is the newest incarnation of Li’s original idea with production models finally becoming available for sale. The only issue is that you may need to find a wild millionaire for a friend if you want to have the opportunity to fly it. The price tag for your very own entry-level gravity defying water walking backpack is about $112,000 all the way up to about $150,000 if you want to get tricked out with carbon fiber and all the bells and whistles.
It should not take too long to start seeing more of these out there in tourist destinations. Eventually maybe you can take a ride for an afternoon and not have to buy your own. Until then, check out this video. The music is pretty bad, but there is no doubt that these machines look like a good time.