Electric Jet Body Board Skims Waves With No Exhaust

Boats are all well and good, but if you really want to enjoy the water, you’ve got to get in it. Unfortunately, it’ll take you a lot longer to navigate and entire lake or beach under your own power. For years California-based designer Jason Woods dreamed of a craft that could give you all the in-water thrills of surfing without depending on your arms or the waves for speed. The result is the world’s first electric jet body board.

After over a decade of research and development, Woods’ invention, the Kymera, aims to make water sports accessible to everyone without polluting the planet. The Kymera’s all-electric drive train makes it possible to skim along the waves without the hassle, cost or emissions of a normal boat.

Kymera, watercraft

Image via Inventive Design Group Inc./Kickstarter

For years, the boating industry has been all about bigger and faster, but as the watercraft gets bigger, passengers get farther away from the genuine enjoyment of the water. Woods’ Kymera design aims to get back to basics so that cost, trailer, and a truck to tow it are no longer barriers to enjoying water sports.

Weighing only 48 lbs, Kymera though looks to be an ordinary body board, but also features an electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery that enables the rider to zip around the waves at 30 mph for almost 60 minutes, reports BornRich.com. There’s also and EcoPackage option that includes a roof rack solar panel charging system.

Besides getting people out on the water having fun, Woods also has an altruistic mission: help rescue swimmers reach drowning victims faster, by giving them the power they need when and where they need it. Rather than wasting time swimming or starting up a jetski, Kymera allows lifeguards to enter the water and speed toward their victim almost immediately.

Currently, Woods is seeking additional funding to perfect the Kymera’s design and bring it to market. Find out how to get your hands on one of the first, here.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog