Rex Vs Big Island

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Rex Vs Emergency Kit (Hurricane/Tsunami/Black out)

Rex Vs Emergency Kit (Hurricane/Tsunami/Black out)
My Personal Disaster Recovery Kit and then Some.
Be Ready so you don’t have to Get Ready

When I was 11, 7 days before my 12th birthday, my family went through Hurricane Iniki. I’m now by design and instinct to always be ready. No water/electricity for 3-4 months in 1992. Something like that will change your view on every and any disaster that comes your way. Ask any one who went through a Hurricane, Earthquake, Tsunami, Tornado, etc and they will probably all respond the same “I wish I prepared BETTER or knew sooner” Also because I live in town near Waikiki it scares me to think that most people living in the city thinks nothing will happen. Look at the previous warnings or even the last tsunami warning. People waiting on the beach, even after seeing what happened in Japan. Some people need to touch the fire to see if its hot. Well my finger already got burnt off, so here is my always Work In Progress Emergency kit.

Of Course WATER, FOOD and Secure Shelter, etc etc.Β  First make sure you have the essentials, a good site Red Cross.

For Example these Food Containers you might think to store things like electronics and what nots and I say Yes to that, however what you could also do is fill them with water and freeze them the day/night before. Not only do you have water but now you have cheap ice.
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Did I get your attention? or you already knew that and made a rocket ship with it too. Well good for you. I made this for me who tend to forget and for family and friends and of course my Mom. She will know I’m ready.

like any person I’m on a budget and here is a few tips.

#1a Ross’s (lights, candles, tools, food containers, almost everything on a good day)
#1b Sam’s Club/Costco (Food, Water, Batteries, Tape, Rope, plates, toilet paper, etc)
#2 Walmart (Same items as Sam’s/costco but less bulk, plus fishing gear, spears, axe, charcoal, grill, vehicle stuff, pet stuff, you get it)
#3 City Mill/Home Depot (Home improvements, tools, McGyver stuff)
#4 Good Will, Salvation Army (Old radios, Clothes, Booths, Shoes, Containers)

So after I got ALL my Water, Food and some essentials this is how my kit unfolded. In no particular order.

Let there be Light! Candles from Ross’s (Super cheap) and flash light from Walmart like $5. #Boom Lighting solved..well Almost
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Batteries and more Batteries. Not as cheap but they have become more economical. Of course if you get any device to run on solar or from cranking, get those, but nothing beats a high voltage battery light. I recommend getting a bit of both.
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My Homping Smokeless Charcoal Grill that is just BAD ASS!! I bought this a month ago because my old grill started to act funny and this is AMAZING! Only need 5-8 briquettes and you grilling up for about 3-4 hours. Cost me $200, already saw it online for cheaper here.
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And of course a little fuel for my little grill πŸ™‚
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My portable stove. Super cheap any where. Fun to go camping with and is so convenient to cook or boil water.
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Lots and lots of fuel. I get choke maybe too much πŸ™‚
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You know those mid-weeks you get ever week, yea it was probably a good idea to save them. Good for fire starting and even clean up.
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What happens when your precious water bottles are gone, good to have these. If the water is still running, can filter, if not running, then use water filter jug.
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Old school radio I plan on getting a better one from a 2nd hand store.
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Medical Kit. For me I need my asthma pump, allergy medicine and for some reason Nyquil cures almost everything else for me, so I have that too.IMG_6198

Basic Tools
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“What would McGyver Carry” Tools (Swiss Knife, Portable Axe, Portable Shovel, Duct Tape, & Bungees)
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Paper Plates, I know what you thinking.. why? How you going wash your nice dishes when there is no water? your drinking water? That’s pretty dumb! Use drinking water for DRINKING! Also get cups, utensils, chopsticks, etc etc.
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Fake Blood, so if get riots or someone breaks in I can pretend to be dead…Oh you still reading..thankx just checking. But my real point is everything in your home can take on a new purpose even this…I don’t know what yet…Maybe walk around all bloody so no one bothers me when looking for water and food. Genius!IMG_6218

Luckily I make my own hot sauce Da Secret Sauce so I already had these on hand. Good for clean up and helping others. IMG_6208

Your spices will take on a whole new meaning. I bought more garlic cause garlic last long and is just GOOD. Also note Can Opener..DAH!IMG_6231

It’s also good to have all your oils. Look I even got my left over from Switzerland. Even some natural juice sweeteners.
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What ever you use to brag about making that last long like homemade jams, sauces, etc etc, make them before hand so you got them and you know whats in them. I make Da Secret Sauce and have cases of it. Further more Spicy/Pepper ingredients are known to kill bacterias in your food hence why many 3rd world countries that have little to no electricity like spicy foods (but don’t quote me on that cause I’m not a doctor). So its a good idea to get yourself your favorite hot sauces

 

 

Da Secret Sauce

My all time favorite thing when cooking. Aluminum foil. Stalk up if you are like me. IMG_6232

This is my tub, yea I took it like this because I didn’t want to show you how clean it is! Not! Colorox your tub, disinfect and fill that bad boy with water. Yea sounds gross but when you dying that water might be useful. However the main purpose of this is…wait for it…flushing your toilet. What you going use? your drinking water..dumb! Fill anything with water even your trash cans, you can find a use for it like flushing the toilet.
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Lastly, MORE LIGHT! You can’t have enough lights. If you going to use the bathroom or go somewhere, you going to take the main light? It’s better to have lots of lights. SUPER CHEAP at Ross’s. I buy them all the time and leave them around the house and in my truck.
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Also things like Ziploc bags to store electronics or jewelry or whatever.

If you have something electronic/document/picture very important and not that big, email it to yourself. Any thing bigger can be uploaded to sites like dropbox.

Trash bags to store clothes and even further take out can goods or dishes out of cupboards and put clothes in there and tape cupboards shut.

Charge Everything that is chargeable.Β  Laptops, Phones, IPADS, Shavers, etc etc etc. You would rather not need it and have it charged, then need it and not be charged.

Also something very COOL and IMPORTANT. Charge all your OLD PHONES. You know those flip phones lying around. Guess what you can do with them even with no sim card?!?!?? Emergency calls. Have them always off but charged and if you need to call 911. Boom. Old Flip Phone. You are welcome πŸ™‚
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I also have a lot of other things that was already in my home like Fishing Gear, Spear for fishing, Crab nets, Binoculars, sewing kit, etc

My Food items
Rice
Potatoes (Last for like forever)
Cup o Noodle
Spam
Vienna Sausage
Beans
Ravioli
Pork & Beans
Pastas
Sauces
Variety of grain bars, power bars, etc

Tips/Hacks for Camping Trip..CLICK HERE

Again this is my own kit, if you have the power to make something uncomfortable more comfortable, do it. Things that I would want that I don’t have room for is things like a generator and extra gas. Living in a complex…becomes complex for emergency kits. If you have anything else feel free to comment.

You know what’s cool..Safety First is cool!

Rex Vs Manoa Falls

IMG_5417The Hike at Manoa Falls has a potential of drizzling rain but if it does and you are taking photos, start to thank the rain gods because your photos will be that much prettier.

IMG_5325Manoa Falls was booming, the most water I have seen rushed from this falls.

IMG_5113Kalo and Water is life in Hawai’i.

IMG_5083Flowers are scattered through the forest if you look good.

IMG_5206The reason for Manoa falls still looking pretty.

IMG_5620When entering Manao falls you now get a ticket and have to pay for parking in the Rainbow’s end gift shop. $3 Kaimana (local residents) and $5 for everyone else. It’s priceless knowing they are really keeping the trail clean and safe and on top of that your car will be much safer then other hikes.

IMG_5085The entrance of Manoa falls, Oahu, Hawai’i

IMG_5075The hike begins on a road that melts into forest.

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IMG_5086The textures of Kalo leaf is beautiful.

IMG_5092There is beauty everywhere even in death.

IMG_5100Don’t know what plant this is but I liked the leaf.

DCIM102GOPROA wide shot of the forest

DCIM102GOPROEven when you look up in the forest its mind blowing.

DCIM102GOPROLittle rivers that loop through the trail

DCIM102GOPROA part of the trail that always takes my breath away.

DCIM102GOPROWe make our way in.

IMG_5194The trail has been upgraded with stone walk ways. When I first did this hike years ago i remember coming out muddy and it wasn’t even raining or anything. It’s pretty impressive on how much up keep they have done on this trail specifically for the tourist.

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IMG_5152Crossing the Macgyver bridge

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IMG_5212It started raining and the umbrella came out. What I didn’t know was that rain + sun in rainforest makes your photos a thousands times prettier.

IMG_5215Some mushrooms growing on a fallen dead tree. This is my last photo I took ISO set to automatic. I seen it spike to 1600 which would make my photos mega grainy.Β  I changed it and then got this shot with less grain. I’ll talk more about my settings at the end. I’m still learning and like everything I do, I like to do through fire.

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IMG_5452When you are always looking for details in the forest you see other things people don’t. Perfect example is Babeski stood right in this area and when I went there and looked around I saw a couple of bucks on the ground. Consider this my parking money, free hike πŸ™‚ Look around and enjoy the journey, the waterfall is amazing but seriously all around you is just as pimp.

IMG_5228This photo is not photoshopped, this is the beauty that comes with a little rain and some sun. I had no idea the photo would look like this until I got home. I was super happy to the point I will plan most hikes now on a scattered showers kind of day.Β  Babeski’s Mom and also my Mom love bamboo trees so I made sure to get a lot of shots.

IMG_5244Bamboo Forest

IMG_5252I eye spy Babeski through the Bamboo Forest

IMG_5260Baby Bamboo trees making there way up

IMG_5266This way to Mordor

DCIM102GOPROAnother angle with the Gopro of the stairs through the Bamboo Forest

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IMG_5287Fallen trees are still beautiful to shoot

IMG_5291I eye spy Babeski. She always patiently waiting for me while I try to shoot leaves and sticks πŸ™‚

IMG_5298The sun is starting to pop out

IMG_5315Manoa Falls close up

DCIM102GOPROManoa Falls on the Wide.

IMG_5351There is a block area warning people not to enter. I remember when I use to go here years ago I would cross and swim in the pond. I didn’t feel like breaking the rules on this day because of the strength of the waterfall. And I’m actually surprised that no other tourist crossed while I was there.Β  Usually tourist get hell bent on doing whatever they like doing. Hence the countless amount of hiking rescues, ocean rescues, and whatever else they doing thinking they can do. Safety first people πŸ™‚

IMG_5357Making our way back.

IMG_5364New walk way and that’s the most mud I seen. Back in the day the whole hike was mud.

IMG_5372I got love for the Bamboo Forest

IMG_5392Hey fellow Superhero Superman. Kid Friendly Hike

IMG_5396Tourist friendly hike too

IMG_5407Ferns growing on the side of rocks

IMG_5434This is the point where I just started firing away with out looking in the view finder or planning the shots. I think I got more amazing shots this way. Also the sun was starting to pop up even more.Β  All the shots of Babeski is walking and shooting, no stopping just jamming away. Enjoy.

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IMG_5463Perfect example of why having a large SD card is always a good idea. It’s better take a billion shots and look through them then not take the shot at all.

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IMG_5553Just another pretty flower in Hawai’i πŸ™‚

IMG_5562I was trying to get those shots of the sun beaming through the leaves.

IMG_5573Cool Leaves everywhere

IMG_5577Mini-Me Sunflowers

IMG_5578Dragon Flower? I forget but pretty flower.

IMG_5606White nice flower? Can you tell I don’t know my flowers?

IMG_5622Love old structures like these. This was by the gift shop where we ended our hike.

IMG_5617Dam it! Flowers raining on my truck again! Hawai’i problems.

Mano Hike Review

A spur of the moment kind of hike and I can I was pleasanty surprised. I expected a football field of people on the hike. Since the Instagram/GoPro craz me including with them, everything has grown exceptionally. With that said I did this hike years ago and it was about the same amount of crowded as this day 2014. I think the most popular hikes have become the most unpopular and vice versa. Not going to say which hikes I use to that has become crazy but lets just say Manoa Falls is back on the list of a fun little get away now.

Advice
Bring mosquito repellent
Bring Umbrella or poncho
Of course wear shoes if possible, junk ones because it could get muddy
I would go in the mornings, that’s when we went. When we left around lunch parking looked like it was full.

Photo Advice
Take it with a grain of salt since I’m still learning.Β  Like my helicopter ride I went with the Canon 70D with GoPro on top. I love my fixed 50 mm lens like you read about so I went with that with a polarizer.10299924_10203624516560998_627168725305726735_n

I shot in manual,Β  aperture at 1.4 (yes i know its wide) and ISO automatic for 1/4 of the walk until I changed it to 160 fixed. I only changed the shutter speed to get the rest of my shots.Β  If it’s the right way or wrong way I don’t know, However I’m really happy with the shots I got. You will have to Gage your own settings depending on weather and time of day.

Lastly I would say really enjoy the walk of the hike, its super short I don’t 30-45 minutes? It took us 2 hours because of me stopping and shooting everything. However I found my parking money and saw many things other people missed.

I give this hike 3 bamboo trees out of 5 bamboo trees. If you asked before this Hike I would probably give it 1. Keep in mind I’m from a different island with mind blowing waterfalls and forests. So I’m comparing it in my brain not a mainland of even Oahu Local person. This could potentially be a 5 star hike for you or a 1 star. I can only recommend everyone to do it or give it one more try. Its not as busy as I thought?!?! Could this little blog make it mega busy again, I doubt it πŸ™‚ thehehehehehehe.

My two favorite photos of the day

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Rex Vs Doors Off Helicopter Tour on Oahu

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Diamond Head

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Arizona Memorial

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China’s Man Hat

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Ala Moana

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Harbor

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Waimea Bay

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Moli’i Fish Pond

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Hanumana Bay

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Getting a brief before the flight.

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Ready, Set, Go

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Babeski on Board

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I always like looking at the controls and guessing what they do

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And we are off the ground.

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Leaving the airport

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Downtown

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Surfers in the lineup at Tennis Courts

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Magic Island

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The infamous Pink Hotel (The Royal Hawaiian)

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Passing Waikiki and looking on Kaimana Beach and the War Memorial Natatorium

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Diamond Head

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China Walls

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This house has its own Ocean Pool Extension

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Hanauma Bay

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Sandy Beach

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I wonder if Beppu is taking photos?

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If you look closely you can see the Makapu’u Light House

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Ocean Blue

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Sherwoods and Bellows Beach

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Turned my camera around to shoot the back and this is what I got

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Heading towards Lanikai

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Kaneohoe

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Town

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Even on this side of the island looks crowded

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Passing Kaneohe Bay

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Moli’i Fish Pond, I wish I could go fishing in there!

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Boats doing what boats do

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Kaneohe Sand Bar

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Natural ocean art

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Scared Falls

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Turtle Bay

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A spot that I’m always at during the winter, that is all.

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Waimea Bay, the chocolate part looks yummy

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Waimea Falls

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Keep the Country, Country

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Pineapple Fields

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Mililani, looking for the Heresa House

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Pearl Harbor

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Ford Island – Randy looks like he is working

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Arizona Memorial

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Ford Island

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Going back to the airport

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Manuela (Babeski exited the helicopter)

Never been in a Helicopter let alone a open door one. This was by far one of the coolest things I have done on this island. Living in Hawai’i all my life we as locals never do these tours because we either can’t afford them or just categorize them as being touristy. I for one can say this was Awesome and worth every penny especially if you can take photos. It’s amazing to think you can circle the whole island in an hour in a helicopter, its super fast!

Advice
You need a strap for your camera and I even attached a Gopro on top of my camera like this

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There is NO TIME to switch lens so pick one and stick to it. I choose the generic 18-55 lens on my camera with a polarizer and ND variable filter. The wider the better but if you want zoom then you will have to comprise on what lens you use. Since I had the gopro on top for the mega wide video, I wasn’t to worried about those.

Things happen so fast and locations come and go in a blink and what I failed to do was focus most of my shots. Being so excited I immediately starting firing away with out at least holding the trigger half way to focus. Try to remember that while being blown in the face and having a heart attack on how close you are to the non-door.

and lastly enjoy the ride.

The service was awesome and I highly recommend Genesis Aviation. I give this tour 5 waterfalls out of 5 waterfalls.

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Rex Vs Flyboarding

When you want to feel really alive you do something extreme that fits your soul. For some people it can be surfing waves where everything stops, time stops, nothing matters but those microseconds on the wave. For others its driving fast and for others its jumping out of a plane. For me it was a combination of a lot of things, it first started as bodyboarding then bodyboarding heavy bigger waves until my “ALIVE” feeling started fading. Dropping into a 6 foot close out just didn’t get my heart going like it use to.

And then I was introduced to flyboarding. It started off a fairly normal staycation tour day that ended amazingly high. We first started the day with para-sailing then jetsking ending the day flyboarding. Manuela started first and as she struggled she eventually started to fly. I was excited and yet thinking I could totally do it.

When she was done, it was my turn and all I was thinking I’m going to kill this. And then it happen boom, landed straight on my face then my back and then my side. WTF?!?! I thought. As Scotty talked me through the basics I knew it was not like surfing but my body memory always adjusted like I was surfing, this not being good for flyboarding. Staying balanced by tip toeing and yet pushing down on your heels, I would say its something like walking in high heels, not that I have much experience in that but thats all i can compare it too. Eventually I got high and started moving around and was stoked once again to have the feeling of flight. By the time my 30 minutes was up my legs were on fire and I was done trying to fly.

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We went in and talked more to Scotty about his journey on teaching people how to flyboard. Eventually the talk turned into Do you want to see me flyboard. Of course I said yes. With a 5 minute training on how to control the jetski; one thing that was said and said over, do not let off the throttle even if you think I’ll fall I said ok that doesn’t sound too hard…and thats when it happen..for a full 3-4 minutes my heart completely stopped and time stopped……

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I give this tour 5 out of 5 superman glasses for being so awesome

Scotty doing his thing while I control the jet ski and video with my gopro

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