Archive for May, 2011

New Motor Powered Surfboard

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Boost your paddling with the Wavejet

Boost your paddling with the Wavejet

 

Tired of paddling and fighting against the white water walls. The Wavejet might be for your. Meet the new motor powered surfboard, only 13 pounds heavier than a traditional surfboard.

 

Surfers can easily opt for turning the motor on or off by using a remote strapped to their arm in a wristwatch-like device. Wavejet can be recharged through a standard wall socket. There’s no gasoline or diesel involved.

 

Technology has been changing surfing and this Personal Water Propulsion (PWP) engine was designed for use in a wide range of personal watercraft, from SUP to surfboards. Wavejet can be up in a continuous run-time of over 30 minutes.

 

The inventors say this surfing device is capable of “paddling” three times faster than your own arms. It is safe, quiet and light and can even be used in shallow waters. It’s all about having more time to ride waves.

 

Is Wavejet the surfboard of the future? The device is already being tested by surfers but only time will tell. The device can transport you in between 8-10 knots. The wireless controller is easy to use and this might bea good option for lifeguards, too.

 

 

So if you’re looking for that little extra boost to catch a wave or if your arms have given up, ask for the Wavejet in surf shop near you. Source: SurferToday

Prince William Goes Kiteboarding In The Seychelles

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Seychelles: a Royal kiteboarding arena

Seychelles: a Royal kiteboarding arena

 

Prince William keeps making the headlines with his water sports’ skills. After spending his bachelor party hitting the waves of the United Kingdom, the British monarch tried a new ride in the Indian Ocean.

 

William went kiteboarding in Seychelles, during the honeymoon with Kate Middleton. With strong trade winds and huge waves, this island country gets the best weather conditions for wave sports.

 

“Kate was tempted to try it because she’s quite adventurous but she preferred relaxing on a sun-lounger and watching Wills do it. He’s got quite good at it,” a Daily Star source revealed.

 

SurferToday.com had already reported the addiction of the British Royal family for water activities. In the late 70’s, Prince Charles went windsurfing in Australia.

 

Back in that time, Windsurfer One Design equipment was a must-have and you didn’t need an harness to enjoy the winds and flat waters of oceans and lakes.

 

Prince William has already surfed and kiteboarded. Let’s see if he completes the wave checklist. There’s still windsurfing and bodyboarding before being crowned King of Water Sports. Source: SurferToday

The Perfect Surf Shop

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

What’s your favourite surf shop? Everyone has their own special place where bargaining for new surfboards, leashes, wetsuits, board shorts and even wax is actually easier. Surf shops are surfer’s second home, right after the local surf spot.

 

Setting up the perfect surf shop is not an easy task. If you’re planning to open a new wave sports store, there are few things you should consider: location, number of potential clients, access to suppliers, range of contacts with brand managers, area of the store, an updated website, nice employers, products, bargain and loan strategies and, last but not least, luck.

 

From the surfer’s point of view, a surf shop is the store where he can find the latest surf gear at the best prices. Simple as waxing down a surfboard. Start by selecting a good place for the store. The best and most successful surf shops in the world are located by the beach or a few miles/kilometres from a popular surf spot. 

Does your surf shop meet your standards?

Does your surf shop meet your standards?

After carefully selecting the location, define the range of products you are going to sell. Surf wear will probably save your business. The biggest profit share of the surf industry comes from shirts, board shorts, shoes, swimsuits, pants and jackets. New wetsuits and surfboards are critical to attract costumers but margins are smaller and the number of units sold is also much smaller.

 

Surfers tend to buy more from online surf shops, like the one set up by SurferToday.com, here. It’s easy, secure and cheaper, in most cases, because you buy directly from the best brands, without commissions and intermediates. The best surf shops have special designed bargain and loan policies with their best clients. Special discounts, buy-two-get-one-free, coupon, voucher and promotional codes, season deals and cheap stock off opportunities. The leash from the previous generation, a double fin vintage surfboard or wetsuit with a small defect can be afforded at great discount prices.

 

Surfers enjoy talking with a specialized workforce that knows more than they do. That is comfortable from the buyer’s side. At the same time, it’s good to know that a surf shop is complete. Even if I’m surfer only, it’s great to keep in touch with the new kite boards, the lightest windsurf sails and the newest generation of bodyboard strings.

 

Skateboards, skimboards, booties, surf movies, watches, surf books and magazines, bags, video games and water cameras should be available for all customers. In the end, the perfect surf shop is open for business. Source: SurferToday

World’s Largest Kite Flies

Sunday, May 15th, 2011
Imagine kiteboarding with this as your tow

Imagine kiteboarding with this as your tow

 

Peter Lynn has just unveiled the world’s largest kite, at Berck-sur-Mer, in France. Built for the Al Farsi Kite Team, the “M Ray” measures 1250 square metres.

 

“This new kite is so finely balanced on the edge of luffing (nosing over and coming down) that even when it’s generating a tonne or more tension on the main line, just one person pulling on a nose line can cause it to descend”, says Peter Lynn, the kite designer.

 

“Large kites need to be docile fliers and have as little pull as possible. Zooming all over the sky like a high performance traction kite at four times wind speed developing 16 times static pull is not desirable. Not least because no available mega-kite mobile anchor could conceivably hold”, he continues.

 

The Al Farsi Kite Team already hold the former largest kite in the world, a Kuwait-shaped flying flag, but the newest addition is really huge.

 

The construction of the new kite was not easy. The original prototype was lost by the airline companies but with the help of the chinese company Kaixuan Kites, Peter Lynn was able to prepare a new piece of art.

 

“Ms. Wu, lead kite maker at Kaixuan, is the best sewing machine driver I have worked with in a lifetime of kite making”, says Lynn. “And it flew perfectly at it’s Berck public debut. It’s stability and flying angle are like nothing I’ve ever flown before. It needs almost no wind, probably because a useful component of lift comes from heating of the entrapped air”. Source: SurferToday

Cable Parks Spread The Wakeboarding Fever

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Wakeboarding is a fast growing sport. These days, thousands of kiteboarders are turning their stoke to an extreme brother, when the wind’s not helping. But, are there so many similarities between the two sports?

 

Actually, yes. Wakeboarding exploded in the 90’s when wakeboard clinics and cable parks started to open all over the world. You don’t need a motor boat anymore if you want to go wakeboarding. The wake enthusiasts have also developed several disciplines. There’s wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing and a few other younger brothers. 

Aaron Hadlow testing out his wakeboarding skills

Aaron Hadlow testing out his wakeboarding skills

Inspired by water skiing, surfing and snowboarding this thrilling sport has many tricks, moves and maneuvers that reminds us of kiteboarding. Wakeboarders jump, grab rails and slide through obstacles. The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation rules the sport, but there’s an independent competition too: the WWA Wakeboard World Series.

 

There are many industry brands working with wakeboarders and kiteboarders. Liquid Force is betting hard in wakeboarding and even sponsors its own tour and riders. Wakeboarders can put an incredible spectator-friendly show and if the tickets are sold media crews appear too.

 

In 2006, more than 25,000 people attended the 4th Cable Wakeboard World Championships in Linz, Austria. Every year, more than two million US citizens older than six years have tried wakeboarding, at least once. The average wakeboarder is male and is aged 16-30 years old. Being towed is not as easy as it seems. If you’re curious, try it in one of the more than 150 cable parks installed all over the world. USA and Germany have 50% of the cableway share. Expect to pay between 20 and 50 dollars for one hour of pleasure. It’s cheaper than owning a boat.

 

Aaron Hadlow, one of the biggest names in kiteboarding, is a frequent wakeboarder. The British rider has even launched a wakestyle pro board model. Source: SurferToday

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