FUN IN THE SUN
SEABOB is constantly innovating, and its latest pitch is ‘French Riviera meets German high-performance technology’. It showcased its new designs at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022, particularly two new design variants to the CAYAGO AG F5 SEABOB Series.
Get ready to be impressed, the Black Line is dynamic and exciting. Think: high-gloss black on characteristic parts of the SEABOB silhouette. The sports-appeal is undeniable, and those with a need for speed (and fun!) will be impressed. This line is available in three colourways; Black Line Blue, Black Line Green and Black Line Orange.
SEABOB goes above and beyond expectations with another new design direction in its Silver Line, the SEABOB F5 SR. The new colourway is exciting and is sure to make an impact on the water – metallic anthracite-grey body colour with silver elements.
Sunseeker models offer plentiful storage when it comes to SeaBobs, with designated stowage on-board it’s models, such as the 90 Ocean, which houses two dedicated self-draining lockers for SeaBobs. The Manhattan 68, which has Seabob storage lockers adjacent to the water. Also, the 88 Yacht, which includes two dedicated lockers for SeaBobs.
Flite is a brand which is relatively new to the industry (in 2016 the founder had a ‘lightbulb moment’), but which has already made heavy inroads. Its highly awarded electric hydrofoils are exciting and offer the ultimate ride on the water. The whole premise is that riders don’t have to wait for the wind (perfect on the flat Mediterranean Sea) and instead carve out their own ride on balmy, flat days. It’s a fantastic concept and one which was conceived by former kitesurfing world record holder and serial entrepreneur, David Trewern. Based in Byron Bay, there is a reason why you’ve been seeing so many of Flite’s contraptions on the water. They are a perfect marriage of fun and a challenge. The experience of flying on the water with Flite is incomparable, so get your hands on one of these quick.
EFoiling is taking the surfing world by storm, as the electric propellor not only guarantees a great session even if there’s no waves or wind, but also removes the hard work of paddling. The hydrofoil allows the board to fly above the water’s surface, creating lift like an airplane wing and allowing the rider to catch even the smallest of waves. The eFoil is controlled by a handheld wireless remote which syncs to the eFoil via Bluetooth, and the good news is that most motors are silent, emission free, last up to 90 minutes and can propel riders at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. Lift and Flite are the main brands available, and most of their models cost in the region of £12,000.
Drone surfing is another sport which doesn’t involve waiting for perfect weather conditions. Freefly Systems’ ALTA 8 Octocopter is strong enough to pull a rider on a board, meaning the only other equipment needed is a rope and a board, and you’re ready to ride. Enthusiasts have enjoyed carving through the water on wakeboards, skimboards or surfboards, making the most of the added accessibility offered by the drone to ride on lakes and beaches not normally possible for surfers. The ALTA 8 can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour, has an airtime of 15 minutes and retails for roughly £10,000. It’s worth noting though that another person is needed to pilot the drone, and not all areas or beaches allow the use of drones.
SUPs (stand-up paddleboards) have been on the scene for a while longer, and they provide a gentler option for water sport enthusiasts. SUPs are large boards (at least 10 feet in length) and therefore easier to balance on, and riders use a paddle or oar to move through the water. With no batteries or motor it’s all down to muscle power, meaning its quieter (allowing a better chance of seeing wildlife), better for the environment and a good form of exercise. SUP yoga is also growing in popularity, due to the normally peaceful surroundings as well as the extra concentration and mindfulness required to balance on a moving board. Paddleboards are either inflatable (easier to store) or hardshell, and range in price from £400 to £900.
Parasailing is an activity well worth considering. It’s perfect for those looking to get out on the water and enjoy the views from up above. Also referred to as parakiting or parascending, it was invented in the 1960s to train military parachutists. These days it’s a popular recreational activity in which up to three people are towed behind a motorboat while attached to a harness and a parasail (similar to a parachute). As the boat moves forward it lifts the parasail into the air, and the longer the tow rope the higher up into the air the parasail and rider will go. Riders don’t need to steer or control the parasail, so the only alternative is to relax and enjoy the wonderful views from up in the sky.