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Tony Parker

INSANE $5,000

Jet Pack Ride

7/7/2011 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rich people have the BEST toys ... like NBA star Tony Parker ... who dropped $5k in St. Tropez today to strap on a water-propelled jet pack and ROCKET himself across the Mediterranean Sea.

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Parker paid €3,500 (roughly $5,025) ... to rent something called a JetLev -- which uses ocean water to propel the rider into the air ... as if he/she were flying on a jet pack. 

We're told Parker spent several hours on the water ... and also spent some time hanging out on a really expensive yacht ... because he's rich ... and that's what rich people do.

Fun Fact: Today would have marked Tony and Eva's 4th wedding anniversary.

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16.

Rocco    

Hey Tony. See if you can get one to go under a bridge ala Sean Kingston, you jerk.

1167 days ago
17.

Gridiron    

Just checked out the web site for these things. They look sick! I'd love to try one. Next time I'm in Miami or the Caribbean, I'll keep my eye open for someone renting them. Definitely gonna bargain hunt though. 5K rental is a bit steep for us non-NBA stars.

1167 days ago
18.

WHITEOUT    

TMZLOSERS:im broke and my life sucks so im going to leave a hateful comment about Tony Parker below after that i think i will feel better about myself but after a while i will start feeling depressed again because no matter how much i spew hateful things from the safety of my house my life never gets better.

1167 days ago
19.

Annie     

When is Harvey planning on getting one of these? It will be easier for Max to pick him out over the water :P

1167 days ago
20.

ladidaaa    

"I believe i can flyyyyyy i believe i can touch the skyyyyy" Instead of run forrest run, we should say... yea, nevermind!

1167 days ago
21.

i said lesbians...    

OMFG ITS THE JETBACK FROM SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!

1167 days ago
22.

jacquie    

this is friggin cool! i want one!

1166 days ago
23.

Puckett    

HarryPalms 4 hours ago
$130K for one of these... made in Germany

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It's not that simple, really.

Jetlev was invented by a Canadian and researched and developed by a U.S. based company in FL for 9 years, who then licensed manufacturing rights to the final design to a German firm who is also their exclusive distributor for Europe/CIS. Or something like that...

1166 days ago
24.

Puckett    

History of Jetlev, as told by Jetlev.

"Raymond Li, a Chinese Canadian from St. John’s, Newfoundland, developed the Jetlev concept in 2000. Beginning in 2003, he and Jetlev Development Corporation in Newfoundland, Canada conducted extensive feasibility studies and concept development. In November 2004, with assistance from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and NRC’s Institute of Ocean Technology (NRC-IOT) in St. John’s, Newfoundland, research and development shifted into high gear. The first unmanned thrust tests of the jetpack prototype were conducted at the Ocean Energy Basin in NRC-IOT in January 2005, followed by the first manned flight test in Florida in March 2005. John Myers, Raymond Li, and Frazier Grandison became the first three persons in history to achieve controlled flight with the Jetlev.

Jetlev Sports Inc. was established in Florida in September 2007 and the technology for recreational products was transferred from Jetlev Development Corporation. The first fully operational prototype was completed in August 2008. Keith D. Paul, Steven J. Grey, Ean Sugarman, Katy Johnson, and others also participated as test pilots during this phase. Videos of the Jetlev prototype went viral on the Internet in February 2009, to the amazement of the media and general public all over the world. It was widely covered by popular media and there was widespread interest from potential dealers and customers. From 2009 to early 2011, development continued to produce a reliable Jetlev model suitable for production and commercial introduction. Numerous prototype iterations, over 30 test pilots, hundreds of test flights and test hours, and countless revisions later, Jetlev Technologies, Inc. finally completed development of its Jetlev R200 model in March 2011.

In February 2011, Jetlev Sports Inc. changed its name to Jetlev Technologies, Inc. to reflect its future plans to expand its product lines beyond recreational products into other commercial applications of Jetlev technology.

The Jetlev is protected by U.S. patent no. 7,258,301 and other international patents are approved or pending."

1166 days ago
25.

Nostradamus    

At first I was like $5k for a jet pack? What a steal! Then I read rent.

1166 days ago
26.

diablito    

They rent these at Balboa harbor in Newport Beach

1166 days ago
27.

Walter    

If he comes to Newport beach, he can do it for a lot less.

1166 days ago
28.

Puckett    

Yeah he could have rented one of these for $250 hr, but Newport Beach on the Atlantic Ocean isn't St. Tropez on the Mediterranean either. Heck for $250 hr you can be rockin' one of these in Key West, FL too.

1166 days ago
29.

Puckett    

Oops meant to say Pacific, but whatever same point.

1166 days ago
30.

nikki    

if u look below is waist u can c his private part lol

1166 days ago
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