That WaveJet

posted by / Blogs / January 18, 2012

Jamie O’Brien, basking in the limelight at Pipe. Funny, it’s hard to hear the laughter when you’re getting barreled. Photo: Hamish Humphries
Jamie O’Brien, basking in the limelight at Pipe. Funny, it’s hard to hear the laughter when you’re getting barreled. Photo: Hamish Humphries

 

Baby Take It Off!

The WaveJet is a surfboard that uses two small jets to provide 12 miles per hour worth of thrust. It was also a topic of conversation during this year’s North Shore season. Kelly Slater dared Jamie O’Brien to ride one in his Pipe Masters heat from the pulpit while accepting his 250th consecutive Surfer Poll award, for instance, and even though Jamie didn’t ride the WaveJet in his heat he rode one into very solid barrels after the event ended. He got very barreled and spit out and the people in the water shook their heads. The people watching from his deck laughed.

Garrett McNamera sat out the back during the Pipeline event on a WaveJet and caught a Third Reef bomb. A huge wave. And he rode it all the way into the inside and got detonated, breaking his board in half. WaveJets cost $4500. Those watching from the Oakley deck hooted. But he was back with a fresh one on the next swell, leisurely stroking into Off the Wall closeouts. Again, he broke his board. The lineup applauded.

There are many detractors to the WaveJet. Surfing is a pure sport and having two small jets providing 12 miles per hour worth of thrust is anathema. Those who can’t paddle shouldn’t surf. Fat men are its natural market. Etc. And the detractors may be plenty. But I watched Jamie O’Brien get barreled and I watched Garrett McNamera catch the biggest wave of the week on WaveJets.

No need to get hysterical. Simply something to think about. —Chas Smith


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  • ChasSmithMakesMePuke

    You’re such a terrible writer. Dull. For once you didn’t fawn over blond boys. But when you’re not writing about your lust for them, your writing doesn’t show any soul as a real surfer. Still waiting for you to post up some pics of you actually surfing you ugly gawking looking vulture.

  • red

    hahahaha, that was perfect-those boards are a joke,
    i wonder how much cory lopez and gmac get paid to say they work?
    thats not surfing

  • Mik

    Not.

  • Joe Surfer

    Chas, check with the the CA Dept of Boating and Waterways. Rumor says they say WaveJet is classified as a vessel, same as a boat, and jetski which means you can’t surf with a WaveJet in CA, and likely most states. Liability laws also should apply. This company ain’t saying nothing about this so who is liable if someone gets hurt by a surfer on one of these? Lot of money to pay for something you can’t use.

  • RomainF

    Ah ah true I was on the beach !
    Here is a photo of the first broken board :
    http://www.surfsession.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/wavejet.jpg

  • SashaC

    @Joe Surfer – do a little more research, buddy…SUP paddles have been qualified as blades in CA but only in an assist capacity, same as WaveJet…there’s no law liability or otherwise for either one as a vessel….

    i got to demo a WaveJet in Hawaii and I’ve gotta say, it was pretty damn fun…and guys like JOB, Lopez, and a bunch of the lifeguards who work Sunset seem to agree…

  • Sliding Sense

    Monkey water photographers beat it!

  • Shawn

    I can’t wait to get run over by one of these with a fat guy on it.

  • Dingle Berry

    These boards are vital for lifesaving and also just having some good ole pure fun, What ever Cory or Gmac are getting paid is their business and obviously they work for them as you can see on numerous posts they are having fun. This is 2012 Joe Surfer and all the rest of you clowns, this is new aged technology that is making for some really fun stuff. Maybe find a demo and go try one so you can fill your viens with some fun, because from the looks of your posts it seems you have nothing but negativity.

  • DingleBerry

    These boards are vital for lifesaving and also just having some good ole pure fun, What ever Cory or Gmac are getting paid is their business and obviously they work for them as you can see on numerous posts they are having fun. This is 2012 Joe Surfer and all the rest of you clowns, this is new aged technology that is making for some really fun stuff. Maybe find a demo and go try one so you can fill your viens with some fun, because from the looks of your posts it seems you have nothing but negativity.

  • All Aboard

    Wavejets are super fun – The Cory demo was a blast and I finally rode a Wavejet. What a great way to have fun.

  • Shredder

    These boards are vital for lifesaving and also just having some good ole pure fun, What ever Cory or Gmac are getting paid is their business and obviously they work for them as you can see on numerous posts they are having a ton of fun. This is 2012 and this is new aged technology that is making for some really fun stuff. Maybe find a demo and go try one so you can fill your viens with some positive fun, because from the looks of your posts it seems you have nothing but negativity.

  • Kevin K

    A few years ago I would have had all the same negative feelings towards this as most seem to. Since a 5 level spinal fusion a few years ago paddling for any significant amount of time is really painful. I think I could have some serious fun with one of these and don’t think it would be disshonorable as long as I waited my turn. I know I would still catch a lot of shit though because people wouldn’t understand my situation unless I told them. I’m very fit aside from my back injury and only an average surfer in terms of skill. Curious what people think, especially those that have tried one.

  • Leo

    oh my God please don’t no kookjet

  • The Sheriff

    I am thinking the pro-Jet posts are all the same yahoo working for WaveJet

  • Paul Best

    That is awesome that he got barreled on the WaveJet. The company must love this exposure. http://www.airpadrekiteboarding.com

  • saltlik

    That guy thinks chas is gay. Lol. I’m not too worried boutthe few ppl that got 5 grand for a 30 surfboard, I’m trying to get gas money just to get to the dang beach. I’m haten life and no crazy whipper snappen robot surfboard is gonna change that. Good nigh!

  • Sam

    People complained about motor cars in the same way when the streets were full of horse shit. Seriously its a huge ocean. A board like this opens up the possibility of surfing all those small days + b grade and semi close out breaks up down all our coasts as ride times are increased, also negates the purpose of jet skis for tow ins. its cheaper. No doubt some losers will go out the back at classic spots and pick of all the good sets. But this is what happens at my local anyway. The people who think they rip just steal everyones waves + the long boarders . lol whats the fucking difference!

  • 36

    They stole the idea.

  • NotDumb

    Second on what Sam said.

    The dumbass half of the surfing world once again fails to see the potential ie. (tow-in 2.0)

    These are not boards for riding at Blacks. (1) You’ll be mocked out of the water. (2) If your not mocked out of the water you’ll get your ass kicked.

    These are boards that open up all the unridden beach break up and down the california and the east coast. I was able to ride a wavejet at Ocean Beach and it was really amazing. It turned overhead shifting close outs into a really really fun day. There were two other guys out getting absolutley hammered and I was able to make otherwise unmakeable sections, move with the shifting peaks and generally save my arm strength for paddling out the back and through white water.

    I do have to say the performance is definitley not as good as a regular board. So I wouldn’t use one at a good wave but it opens up endless possiblities for making crappy mediocre waves much better.

  • Jose Lopez

    I dont know what this is about … New toys are allways welcome.
    And if a over weigth person can use it for go to the beach and move
    their body a little bit and HAVE FUN … Whats wrong with that?

    Im not a surfer and I will love to learn… But Im Asmathic so for
    me will be a normal surf maybe imposible … Im really thinking to
    buy one of them…
    And I a old school surfer feel his hearth broke for that
    is his problem : I just want to have fun

    J.L.

  • Mauro Freitag de SOuza

    Por favor qual é o custo de uma prancha wevejet preciso comprar uma urgente. Obrigado mauro

  • Dlevitt

    Surfed all my life .both shoulders are shot. The wave jet is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s allowed me to continue my love affair with surfing. Padding out and paddling against the current to remain in the line up caused me so much pain that when a set came didn’t have the strength to often catch it. I’m now using the wave jet to paddle out . I rarely use it to catch waves. I feel like a kid again. I love this thing. I’m all over the waves again.

  • Breon

    I have been looking at these things for the last couple of months. I can understand people thinking they are a bit of a joke. I would have been pretty negative about them a few years ago. I have a fucked shoulder and have been unable to surf now for two years, something I used to do most days. It causes me great sadness to think I may not surf again. I do a lot of physio but if I cant get back to paddling normally I am considering getting one of these. All the footage ive seen doesn’t really show how they perform. Are they like riding a normal board or is it a rigid log?

  • Steve-O

    Had my rotator repaired last week. Hurts Ike he’ll. Hopefully I can surf and kite again. It will be many months to recover and can see where this may get me out as an older guy whose surfing/kitingdays are numbered. Wouldn’t use on a wave w others but may be just what I need for the un-surfed breaks.