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June 21, 2011

WaveJet Electric Surfboard

Wrote Charlie Sorrel in a May 24, 2011 Wired story: "The WaveJet is a 'Personal Water Propulsion' engine which can be built into surfboards, kayaks or anything else" that floats.

"The engine is powered by li-ion batteries and can produce 20 pounds of thrust for up to half an hour, after which you'll have to plug it in to recharge. The idea of an electric surfboard... is that you can catch faster-moving waves without being towed."

From a story in the July issue of Wired: "WaveJet boards have pair of battery-powered water jets that can propel surfers at up to 12 mph. We tested a 9-foot carbon-fiber model over two weeks at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, in waves ranging from shoulder-high junk to thigh-high peelers. The jets, controlled by a wrist-strap remote, are barely audible over the noise of the ocean, yet they're powerful enough that we were paddling out at twice the speed of our fellow surfers."

Good: Jets cut off after wipeouts.

Bad: "Bulky controller feels like a house-arrest bracelet." No throttle — just on or off. Jet unit adds 16 pounds.

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