TRICKSHOTS! Crews shoot hoops, juggle on Flyboard in Crab Island


Christian Lill of The Legendary Shots tries his hand on the Flyboard Monday morning.

Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 01:51 PM.

Power Up Watersports, The Legendary Shots and RootBerry were the high-flying trio responsible for the circus-like antics going on-and-up Monday morning at Crab Island.

Ben and Amber Merrell, owners of Power Up Watersports in Destin, say they were the first to bring the slightly unusual water-toy, the Flyboard, to the United States last summer. Offering tours from Crab Island, Amber jokingly said the best way to describe the Flyboard in action is, "a jet-skiing Ironman."

Powered by a hose connected to the jet-ski, the Flyboard allows the person to fly 30 to 40 feet into the air. Amber and Ben told The Log that although Flyboarding is new — and looks it may look a little strange from a distance — it’s safe and extremely exciting.

 "Ben is a professional — he is very safe," said Amber of her husband who operates the jet-ski.

Joining the Power Up Watersports team on Monday morning, The Legendary Shots crew attempted to sink another one of their awe-inspiring basketball shots while donning the aqua-gear.

Due to Monday's windy conditions, high school senior Christian Lill and John Massey, both of Legendary Shots, started off shaky. As the morning drew on, more curious onlookers driving across the Marler Bridge stopped to watch The Legendary Shots and Power Up Watersports attempt to swish the ball through the net. While The Log was on the scene, their were at least twenty shots, but no scores.

"Right before noon," said Ben. "The guys made the shot."

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