August 23, 2013
KELLIE DUNN tries the flyboard.
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New business brings fun new ‘boardsport’ to river
For most people, watching a YouTube video of an extreme sport usually instills a sense of awe — and then they go back to their regular lives. Neil McCormick, however, became inspired from a video he saw, and set off to Florida to purchase the necessary equipment and get all the required training. What started as a simple video link posted on Facebook by his nephew quickly turned into a new passion, and a business opportunity. With his wife, Sue, McCormick started Gorge Flyboarding, which is now up-and-running and ready for customers. Flyboarding is one of the newest action “boardsports,” born in Italy in 2011 and brought over to the U.S. in 2012. If you haven’t heard of it, you may have seen it on the Columbia River just east of the bridge and asked yourself, “is that someone on a jetpack?”