• Theme: Water Sports

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    High technology is a major trend at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, with manufacturers turning to smartphone-style control systems. Mercury is offering Joystick Piloting, a retrofit that lets you operate a boat as if playing a video game. It’s available for pod drives, sterndrives, inboard, and even outboard...

    Is it possible to manufacture wetsuits without using neoprene? This petrochemical-derived synthetic rubber has been the main component of surf and dive wetsuits since the early 1950s. But the energy-intensive manufacturing process makes it very environmentally damaging. Patagonia decided to take up the challenge,...

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    A major trend at boot Düsseldorf 2017 was the popularity of scuba diving, reflected in the large number of exhibitors. Germany alone counts 670,000 regular divers. However, there are obvious dangers associated with the sport. It’s important to monitor depth, dive times and air supply to avoid dangers such as nitrogen...

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    Lampuga has recently launched its latest in the electric surfboard market with its own inflatable jet drive surfboard designed to fold down and ride fast. The modular design lets the surfer “swap the jet drive between four different hull styles, from the standard 6.5ft (2m) surfboard to a short, lie-atop body board,”...

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    Inflation technology has successfully conquered beach life. Yesterday it was just the rubber boat. Today watersports enthusiasts routinely use inflatable kite sails and SUP boards. Now, leading kitesurf and sail makers North Kiteboarding and NorthSails have developed the first inflatable windsurfing rig, with the...

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    The Finnish team of Project Ariadna claims it will soon offer an affordable device that indicates the position of divers while underwater. One look at the wrist display informs the diver about his depth, the distance covered, the route that was taken and the way back to the boat where the dive started. No...