Wired Magazine have been testing out a WaveJet 9′ carbon-fibre mal equipped with dual battery-powered water jets to give you an extra boost. Apparently the jets put out a max speed of 12mph and you can use this propulsion both for paddling and whilst (trying to) manoeuvre out on the face.
I’m all for innovation in surfing but this scares me as the people who want – and can afford – a $5000 pimped out, super-charged longboard are exactly the ones who should not have one.
However… when the technology progresses to allow jet-powered shortboards I might just change my mind. Hmmm, the Rasta Formula Energy board (from Castles in the Sky) cruising at 20 kilometres per hour sounds pretty sweet to me.
Read the full article here.