• Theme: Water Sports

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    Mathieu Bonnier has—among other wild adventures—rowed single-handedly across the Atlantic and the Northwest Passage. This gave him plenty of time and opportunity to ponder how a lightly driven yet stable rowboat should look. Recently he teamed up with one of the leading designers of fast-performance sailboats, Sam...

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    Fast & foiling, sustainable & recyclable—and a wider array of sizes and designs. Here are our impressions after touring the biggest boat show on the planet.   This January, almost 2,000 exhibitors from 68 countries occupied 220,000 square meters of exhibition area in Düsseldorf, Germany. These numbers are huge in the...

    French start-up INOBO is aiming to push kitesurfing into a new dimension, both technical and commercial. The very name of the company embodies this spirit. Ino was a figure from Greek mythology involved in watery adventures. The three letters of her name also evoke innovation, while “bo” stands for board. Each unit is...

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    The NERD 3CSup is a stand-up paddle-board that stands out. Nominated for the 2017 Compasso d’Oro, it is ultra light—just 7 kg. The translucent board has an environment-sensitive cardboard core protected by a nature-friendly water-based coating. In addition, a valve built into the handle works like a whale’s blowhole,...

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    Recent research shows that sharks have much better eyesight than previously thought, and that vision plays a crucial role in hunting prey. In response, Australian wetsuit manufacturer Radiator has incorporated certain colors and motifs developed by Shark Mitigation Systems (SMS) into its Shark Deterrent line. The...

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    Scuba divers have long used just a compass for navigation. But innovations are expanding options, and a global competition is on to develop the ideal diver navigation device.   To date, satellite navigation has been available only above the water’s surface. But Submarine Open Technologies (Subteq.io) says a revolution...

    The new Seabob F5 SR underwater scooter features two built-in cameras for filming aquatic scenery and rider exploits. One points toward the deep, while the dashboard unit enables selfie videos. The cameras are operational to 40 meters and images can be downloaded to a smartphone or other device wirelessly. Weighing...

    A new ocean toy was launched at the recent Nauticales boat show in La Ciotat on the French Mediterranean. The pedal-powered Seabike water scooter consists of a shaft with handles at one end and a twin-bladed propeller at the other. The pedals are just forward of the propeller. Prone in the water, the rider grasps the...

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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,...