Canadian software engineer Catalin Alexandru Duru claimed the world record for longest hoverboard flight last week after he traveled 905 feet and two inches over Lake Ouareau in Quebec. That's like flying over two-and-a-half watery football fields while standing on a drone. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Duru wanted to "showcase that a stable flight can be achieved on a hoverboard and a human could stand and control with their feet."
Duru designed and built the hoverboard over the course of a year for the record attempt. It uses four propellers at the base, making it look a bit like a quadcopter with ski boots attached. While he flew at a height of 16 feet during the successful record attempt, Duru stated that the prototype can be used anywhere and can fly to "crazy heights." He said he chose to fly over water because of the potential danger of the heights the hoverboard could reach. And, he said, it's "ironic considering that the movie [Back to the Future] joked that it can't [ride on water]."
After seeing the footage, many adventurers and athletes may find themselves coveting a personal lake-flying drone for themselves, but Duru says that he has no intention of mass producing and marketing his Back to the Future-esque gizmo for retail.
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