The Stuff Sack: other news from the wilds of the Internet

McNamara drops into 45-footer on WaveJet prototype
Just how high-tech is surfing going to go? Certainly big wave riders need all the protection they can get and things like friends on jet skis and avalanche rescue inspired airbags are terrific tools for getting out of deep, dark wavy places. However, I’m afraid there will come a time when someone dies as a result of a mechanical failure, not at the hands of mother ocean.

Surfing and Zoomba
Surfing has finally made into the aerobics studio via the RipSurfer X, a treadmill like machine that combines the best in stupid fitness marketing with inflatable balls and a real board to stimulate the muscles used when, you know, actually taking part in the sport. Its patent is pending and it costs close to $800. Here’s a more affordable alternative. 

Wavejet is looking to empower surfers

Sure, it looks fun. But is it really surfing?

I’ll give Wavejet some serious credit, for whatever my credit is worth, for their design and integration of the power pack into such a compact, true board form factor. And actually, they don’t make the board, they only make the jet, which means a shaper can embed the mounting ring into a board and craft their own custom “jet” board. I guess.

I suppose there are some advantages to not having to paddle out. I’m sure someone using one would be seriously tempted to beat everybody else in the lineup to the best waves. But how long would that last?

Give it time. It will show up on some reality show as a date activity or at a cruise port as an add-on excursion. Sure, people will have a great time. They just won’t be surfing.