Flying Frenchman makes history on a hoverboard

Pilot and jet-ski champion Franky Zapata hovers in the air on an IPU Flyboard Air hoverboard as he breaks the Guiness World Records for furthest flight by hoverboard, after covering a distance of 2,252.4 meters (7,389.76 ft) with an average speed of 50-60km/h, in Sausset les Pins near Marseille, France, April 30, 2016.

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PARIS -- A Frenchman has flown more than 2 kilometers (over a mile) on a hoverboard in an apparent new world record.

The Guinness World Records reported on its website that 37-year-old Franky Zapata travelled 2,252 meters (7,388 feet) off the French Atlantic coastal town of Sausset-les-Pins on Saturday at a height of 50 meters (165 feet) above the surface of the water.

It said a Guinness World Records official was on hand for the flight and determined that it beat the previous record of 275.9 meters (905 feet) by Canadian Catlin Alexandru Duru last year.

Zapata achieved the new flight on a craft developed by his company Zapata Racing. He also held an earlier Guinness record for doing 26 backflips with a water jet pack in a single minute.

In a tweet, Guinness World Records declared that "futuristic history was made!"