Flying Over Cross Lake with Ark-La-Tex FlyBoard

Featured Photo: Michael (left) and Sammy McCrary talk with Rich McGahan of Ark-La-Tex FlyBoard prior to “flying” over Cross Lake. 

Note: The following post is part three of a three-part series from guest blogger Michelle Suhar, who blogs regularly at

Recently, my sons Michael and Sammy experienced a new sport that many have not yet heard about: FlyBoarding. On an overcast Saturday afternoon we met two of the co-owners of Ark-La-Tex FlyBoard, Rich and Paula, at Melvin’s Marina on Cross Lake in Shreveport, not really knowing what to expect. Rich and Paula were both very knowledgeable and professional in their explanation and in training my sons for their first flights, and that put them and myself at ease.

A photo of flyboarding instruction
Michael McCrary receives instructions before taking his first flight at Ark-La-Tex FlyBoard in Shreveport.

Paula explained to me that she and her husband were on vacation in Gulf Shores when they had their first flights, and afterward they became passionate about bringing this awesome new water sport to our area. It is growing in popularity here in Shreveport; so much so that the 2015 North American Flyboard Championship will be hosted here on the Red River, June 4-6.

I would recommend flyboarding to anyone who has a sense of adventure! Everyone can sign up to fly, and lessons are available. Rich and Paula even told me about upcoming summer camps for children ages 14 and up. My sons certainly enjoyed themselves, and I had a blast watching them learn to fly. For more information and to book your “flight,” head on over to their website or find them on Facebook.

Special thanks to the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and Ark-La-Tex Flyboard for the complimentary passes that allowed my sons to participate and for me to write this article.

To see what the FlyBoarding action at the North American FlyBoard Championship will look like, check out this video from H2R0 Magazine:



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