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Canadian man flies on hoverboard, breaks record (video)

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Josée Paquet

Soon the name of Alexandru Duru may become just as famous as Marty McFly. That's right: The young engineer from Quebec recently used his homemade hoverboard to cover a distance of 275.89 metres, setting a Guinness world record in the process. The feat took place over water, more specifically Lake Ouareau, something McFly couldn't do.

According to Motor Authority, the farthest hoverboard flight previously recorded by Guinness was just 49.98 metres. Duru also reached a height of about 4.5 metres during the stunt. 

How does it work? It's simple: Duru fixed two propeller-based drones together, and in Segway fashion, he's able to control the direction by shifting his weight.
Sure, the thing is noisy as heck and offers limited range, but it's evidence that we're getting closer to the 2015 reality of the hugely popular and influential 1985 movie, Back to the Future Part II. Too bad Duru didn't have dehydrated pizzas to celebrate his record!

Josée Paquet
Josée Paquet
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