Riding the Wave
Saying wakeboarding is popular is like saying kids like Disney World—it’s a gross understatement. Capt. Richard Thiel reports in his Power & Propulsion column (here) that it’s popular enough for Volvo Penta to create a new Forward Drive propulsion package, which uses forward-facing props to create different types of wakes to ride. Jumping on that bandwagon is a company called Radinn, makers of the Wakejet Cruise (shown), a jet-powered wakeboard made from carbon and Kevlar composite. A rider simply slides his feet into the straps and presses a button on a wireless remote to fire up the engine. The board is capable of sending riders soaring atop the waves at speeds between 20 and 25 knots. www.radinn.com
This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.