Just when you think the boundaries of the sport of Surfing have been stretched about as far as they could go, another new innovative idea comes along and gets eyebrows raising. The latest innovation to emerge in these technology fuelled days is the Jet Surf, a powered Surfboard that contains it’s own engine and has banished paddling to the past.
The Jet Surf has an inbuilt engine that has been designed and manufactured to precisely fit within the board and on flat water can power the board to an impressive 57 KMPH. Capable of being used as a regular wave riding Surfboard or ideal for flat days, to allow you to get out on the ocean and cruise, the Jet Surf definitely shows some appeal.
Here in the Surf-Report office, we have mulled the Jet Surf over, and we really like the idea, although we are not sure how much one of these boards cost at this moment in time, (we have seen unconfirmed rumors of 12 000 AUD). We do however, have a couple of concerns. Firstly, we are worried about seeing one of these boards haring through the line up and imagine that these 15kg carbon fibre boards travelling at up to 57 KMPH could do a lot of damage to another water user.
Secondly, it is frustrating enough when you are sitting patiently for a wave and a longboarder or stand up paddler consistently pick up the better waves earlier and further out than you, imagine how many waves your going to miss with one of these hoovering up everything at your local beach!
We can definitely see a point to the Jet Surf and would love to have a go on one, they will be an amazing bit of kit to be out on when the waves go flat and brilliant for secluded spots or secret offshore reefs! Take a look at the DailyPlanet news reel below to see the Director of Jet Surf Australia, Ben Gibson, show you the board in action and let us know your thoughts on the Jet Surf – would you want to see it in the water near you?