WaveJet – Introducing The First Jet-Powered Surfboard

April 27th, 2011 | By | 5,737 Comments

Just when tow-ats and SUPs get outlawed from most line-ups, Wavejets are here for watermen lookin for a boost. WaveJet is the first company to bring a miniaturized jet drive to market for surf boards, SUP’s, rescue boards, kayaks, kite boards, and boat tenders.

Wavejet is powered by an integrated twin-lithium ion battery pack with internal twin drives, unlike the dangerous internal-combustion driven propellers of motorized surfboards from the past. It’s capable of 20 pounds of thrust, has a continuous run-time of over 30 minutes, activated through a wireless wrist controller and recharges in a standard wall socket.

Steve Walden, master shaper and craftsman has been building and perfecting longboards for over 45 years, and is considered “the father of the modern longboard.” Here’s his take on the Wavejet: “WaveJet’s propulsion drive will dramatically enhance when, where and how we surf due to conditions and location. WaveJet’s PWP is really amazing, it is an assist system that allows you to catch more waves and get extra speed thru sections. It gives you the energy you need to paddle distances. Think of PWP as a power pack for your ride.”

-PWCs banned and it’s too big to paddle at Mavs or Ghost Trees…enter the Wavejet.
-Don’t have a boat, but want to surf Hollister Ranch…enter the WaveJet.
-Tired of grovelling for two hours without ever seeing a clean section…enter WaveJet
-Busted your arm, but need surf to stay sane…get a Wavejet!

So, if you’re prone to jump on the hater bandwagon, remember what Laird said about SUPs, “A kook on a shortboard is a kook on a SUP, surfers who respect the rules of the road shouldn’t get heckled if they’re being safe and courteous.”

Founder/Inventor Mike Railey of Del Mar Ca, breaks it down down:

Q. What is the technology that WaveJet is built on?
A. Patented Personal Water Propulsion (PWP) technology invented in the US is a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind system. It’s a clean, quiet, battery-powered miniature jet drive that can be plugged into any WaveJet-ready personal watercraft, including surfboards, standup paddle boards, kayaks, inflatable’s, belly boards, DPVs and operated with a wireless controller (wrist).
Q. How fast is a WaveJet?
A. Manufacturers will be able to offer boards that run about an hour and fifteen minutes and those pods will have a top speed of about 6 mph. There is also a higher performance pod with a top speed of 10 mph that will have a run time of about 40 minutes.
Q. How much does a WaveJet weigh?
A. A WaveJet pod will add about 14 lbs to a surfboard. Surfers that are testing WaveJet powered boards say they love the additional control and balance they get from the additional weight. If you think about it, boards float on water, so once you put 20 lbs of thrust in a board, weight becomes your friend and the WaveJet becomes your jet powered assist.
Q. How does a rider control the board?
A. We put leading edge wireless technology developed by WFS Defense into an oversized wrist control. The system is very unique because the signal must travel under water. If you fall off your board the WaveJet powers off.

At $3,500 per board, we wont see packs of Wavejets filling the line-ups right away, but you can bet we’ll see surf pioneers around the world using Wavejet technology. Look out for the first line of Wavejets from Walden Surfboards mid September.

For more info, visit Wavejet.com
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Whats your opinion of the WaveJet? (Remember Laird’s words)

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New at SWELL: Salt Swimwear!

April 26th, 2011 | By | 4,239 Comments

Proof that all that’s sweet isn’t sugar: Salt Swimwear.

New at SWELL, Salt’s take on a ‘string bikini’ is giving us a reason to start embracing tan lines. Made from the highest quality fabric, these suits fit like a glove, without digging in even a millimeter (and we like that, lots).

What do the girls at SWELL love about Salt? Salt’s flirty cuts are somehow amazingly flattering…so you don’t have to be a SI swim model to rock them!

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Saxx: It’s For Your Own Good(s)

April 26th, 2011 | By | 2,170 Comments

Ah, finally, an underwear that delivers the full package (bada-bing!).
New at SWELL, Saxx is redefining comfort. These are no ordinary manties, mind you. After days of toiling over the design of a better underwear on his Alaskan fishing trip (so you know they’re rugged), the creator of Saxx pioneered the Ergonomic Comfort Pouch: a boxer brief with two parallel nylon/spandex mesh panels that offer a barrier between a man’s package and inner thigh. And on the seventh day- he was finally at rest.

Go ahead, get some Saxx…it’s for your own good (scratch that, goods).

As Garth Algar would say, “It’s like a new pair of underwear. At first it’s constrictive, but after a while it becomes a part of you.”

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Review of the Week…

April 25th, 2011 | By | 921 Comments

Follow this reviewer’s advice, and be aware of the “haterade potential” this tank comes with.
Click here to read the review & score you lady friends some ticketti to the gun show: Wellen Sun’s Out Guns Out Tank