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Be Ironman and Aquaman at Once: Flyboarding at Sunburst Stables

By Heidi Mason

Located in the stunning North Georgia Mountains near Helen, Sunburst Stables offers ziplines, ATV trail rides, horseback riding, flyboarding, boating, cabins, and summer camps for a one-stop adventure location.

Sunburst Stables' most popular activity is horseback riding, but the ATV trail rides also have their fans. For those after a real adrenaline rush, ziplining gives the sensation of flying without the fear of falling- and can be enjoyed by children as young as three. Sunburst Stables offers hands-free ziplining, which allows going upside down safely and easily. Having experienced guides who are in control of the stop removes a lot of the fear surrounding ziplining. In the seven year history of ziplines at Sunburst Stables, co-owner Becky Elliott tells us that, "we have never even had anyone say they broke a fingernail."

Something unique that people may be unaware of is flyboarding. The flyboard, patented in 2012, is available at relatively few establishments. The Elliotts purchased the flyboard as personal family entertainment, but quickly realized that it was also of interest to their customers.

According to Elliott, "flyboarding combines the sensation of being Ironman and Aquaman, and is very stable and easy to do. It's also very safe, as long as you can swim!" Flexible hosing puts power similar to a jet-ski right under your feet and allows you to control your height above the water. The majority of people go up around five feet above the water, although they are able to go much higher. Flyboarding is a new experience for most customers, Elliott says.

Sunburst Stables also offers lodging accommodations in a variety of cabins. They can accommodate families of up to 10 people, and even offer a bunkhouse that sleeps 25 for youth group events. Couples and families alike enjoy the intimate atmosphere of the beautiful decks overlooking majestic mountains in the distance.

Sunburst Stables hopes to offer individuals and families the chance to enjoy the outdoors. Elliott explains, "It's important to have places in the community where families can get together and relax. It seems our fast-paced lives tend to leave us more isolated and self-centered these days. There is nothing like laughter and adventure to help friends and families bond."

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