Adrenaline junkies and surfer dudes are cheering the latest extreme aquatic craze – JetSurfing.
“The experience of JetSurfing is exactly what it sounds like – surfing with jet power,” said Michal Lostak, a manager at JetSurf, according to Caters News Agency. “It’s a massive adrenaline rush to accelerate on a board which, in terms of the power-to-weight ratio and the lack of friction, is one of the most powerful craft of any type in the world.”
JetSurf was founded in 2008 by Martin Sula, “with the intention of pushing the boundaries of water sports, using the team’s experience in engineering and electronics to create a new way to ride,” the company says on its Web site.
It is described as easy to learn – yet difficult to master – because experience in traditional surfing is not required, though it’s helpful.
Riders are connected to the high-tech light boards with straps and footpads made of memory foam.
“JetSurfing can transform a calm body of water into a surfer’s playground,” Lostak said. “If there is some wake from a boat or a choppy surface then it’s full of kickers and jumps where riders can get some serious air, allowing big grabs, tweaks, method airs and even back flips.”
It is less risky than other extreme sports, Lostak said.
“The risks and dangers are minimal mainly because of the lightweight design and the auto cut-out feature which stops the engine as soon as the rider lets go of the handle,” he said.
“Obviously, we recommend surfers ride within their limits and wear life vests and helmets, also to stay aware of prevailing water conditions and respect other water users.”
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Tidal bores are a bitter-sweet phenomenon. To many they’re deadly anomalies that ravage and consume everything in its destructive path. To others, particularly surfers, tidal bores are gifts sent from the gods, as some have been known to produce rides over 25 miles long. And while most tidal bores around the world produce a wave that compares to your local spot on an average day, this one produces overhead, barreling waves that rival some of the best spots on the planet.
Meet the Baan, an Indian tidal river bore that surges up the Hooghly River (a tributary of the Ganges) on the daily high tide. It’s said to produce waves up to 10 feet high and it barrels like nobody’s business. JetSurf‘s very own Everaldo “Pato” Teixeira was among the first in the world to surf this natural phenomenon.
“JetSurf lets me hit sections of the wave which can’t be surfed on a regular board,” explains Pato. “Just squeeze the trigger and you’re where you need to be.”
Although we would’ve loved to see someone tearing the lid off the barreling wave, Pato’s part is still pretty awesome. Here’s Pato riding the world’s best tidal bore wave on an engine-powered surfboard.