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Last updated at 12:09 BST, Wednesday, 03 October 2012

Flyboard takes off


Report and vocabulary


Surfing down under as you've never seen it before.

Flyboard, invented by a Frenchman last year, is catching on in Australia.

The board is attached to a jet ski by a hose. The water pressure allows the pilot to hover up to 10 metres in the air.

The dive would make a dolphin jealous.

With his feet, the rider controls direction and with his hands, he keeps the board stable.

down under

reference to Australia or New Zealand

catching on

becoming popular


connected to

to hover

to float in the air


envious, wanting something or to be like someone


Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

down under/ catching on/ attached/ to hover/ jealous

1. Raiders in a stolen Land Rover smashed the wall of Buckfastleigh post office on 3 July and ______ a wire rope round the cash machine before towing it on to the road.

2. Robbie Williams says he's ______ of the career One Direction are currently enjoying.

3. As well as feeding themselves, all the families working on the allotment hand over a chunk of their produce to others in need. The fruits and vegetables are passed on to what Greeks have dubbed a "social supermarket". It is an idea ______ all over Greece.

4. When Apollo 11 reached the point of ______ over the lunar surface Neil Armstrong had 20 seconds to decide whether to continue or abort.

5. Thousands of Britons emigrate to Australia every year in search of a better life, but now more and more are deciding ______ is not for them and returning home.




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