The Wavejet, from Jeff Watson

December 11, 2011 |

 There's a big change coming in surfing during the spring of 2012. The Wavejet propulsion system is coming to your local surf break. This system is a pretty slick propulsion unit that can either be retrofitted into boards, or integrated into new boards. It uses state of the art electronics, has remarkable engineering, and is quite durable. The Wavejet purportedly will give 8-10 knots of speed paddling in calm waters for 40 minutes. The hardest part of surfing is the paddling, and the paddling can take it's toll. Eliminate the tough paddle, and one could have a more pleasurable time surfing, spending more time trying to catch waves, perfecting their riding skills while not too tired out. The downside of the system is that surfers will lose some of the exercise benefits a vigorous go out brings, surfers will get out of shape, surfers might try to surf in conditions that are above their skill level, and finally, this will allow non-surfing kooks to attempt (clog up) to surf breaks that are way beyond their non-existent skill levels. The Wavejet could be a development like the boogie board, which introduced wave riding to the masses. This could be good or bad depending on your perspective. Frankly, I think it will be a good thing as it will introduce the joys and stoke of riding a wave to the masses. The rest of my surfing buddies don't agree with me, but that's beside the point. Here's the Wavejet in action .


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