Betsy Pfeiffer/Courtesy of Kai Concepts
May 01, 2017

If you've ever wanted to feel like you're walking on water, Kai Concepts’ Jetfoiler is the surfboard of your dreams. The motorized board uses hydrofoil to hover over the water’s surface and create the awesome effect.

Designed by former sail and kite surfer Don Montague and the team of engineers, inflatable designers, windsurfers, and kitesurfers that make up Kai Concepts, the board was made with the same type of composite material that’s used in high-end race boats to make it strong but light enough to carry.

 Stephen Whitesell/Courtesy of Kai Concepts

 Betsy Pfeiffer/Courtesy of Kai Concepts

Hydrofoil technology is able to make you feel like you’re flying on a magic carpet over the sea because once the board starts to move, the material gives it a lift to decrease the drag, according to the company’s project manager, Betsy Pfeiffer.

It also enables you to kitesurf without high wings, making it a great tool for those looking to try the sport at a beginner level.

The board is being tested with both a wireless and wired remote control that you could use to propel the motor's speed while using your feet to steer its direction. 

Montague’s background co-founding a wind power company called Makani Power in the San Francisco Bay Area inspired him to start experimenting with hydrofoils, leading to several other innovative products the company has created, like its kiteboat

 Betsy Pfeiffer/Courtesy of Kai Concepts

The product is still in the prototype stage, so pricing and time of sale will be determined at a later point, Pfeiffer said.

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