It's better than a boat. It's better than a jet ski. The AquaSkipper is the coolest product to hit the water in years. Unlike other human-powered watercraft, its unique hydrofoil wings and fiberglass spring let you fly across the water by simply hopping up and down. Since the hydrofoil has very little drag in the water, you can move at speeds of up to 17 mph. It's environmentally friendly...no fuel, no noisy engines and its maintenance free. With the AquaSkipper, you can ride on waves, try new tricks, and race your friends. Any way you use it, the AquaSkipper is fun and a great way to exercise.
Here are the answers to some questions that you may have.
- What happens when you stop jumping?
If you stop jumping, eventually, you will end up in the water. Not so bad on a hot, sunny day! In order to keep the AquaSkipper up out of the water, the rider needs to either be jumping on the platform or riding a wave. A rider can glide for small amounts of time, but then needs to start jumping again.
- Can I start from the water?
No. The AquaSkipper can only be started from above the water's surface: for instance, from a dock or boat. The AquaSkipper does float by itself. If you do end up in the water, simply swim back to where you started. Eventually, when you get good at riding the AquaSkipper, you will not end up in the water unless you want to.
- How fast can the AquaSkipper go?
The average cruising speed is 8-10 mph. You can reach a maximum speed of 17 mph. In order to keep the AquaSkipper above the water, you need to go at least 5 mph.
- Are there weight restrictions?
The maximum weight of the user is 250 pounds. The minimum is 70 pounds.
- Is it easy to assemble the AquaSkipper? How small does it fold down?
The AquaSkipper can be put together and taken apart in about 5 minutes. When disassembled, it can be fit into a golf-size bag.
How The AquaSkipper Works?
Every time you jump, the force of your weight compresses the fiberglass spring, causing the back foil to change its angle. From the same impact of your jump, the angled back foil is pushed downward to generate the propulsion.
The front foil is locked to a constant height in the water by the skimmer, which planes on the surface of the water.
The image above shows the AquaSkipper during the upward portion of the jump.
The image above shows the AquaSkipper during the downward portion of the jump. The force of the jumping pushes down on the back foil and compresses the spring.