A Move toward Extreme Watersports
By Margie Anderson
Nowadays, tamely water skiing behind a powerboat is like wearing
a sign proclaiming to one and all that you’re a geezer. And those
big tubes? Puh-leez! Those are for kids and grannies!
Wake boarding, cable boarding, and wake surfing are all the rage
now, but there is still hope for those of us who have enough trouble
keeping upright on plain old skis. If you want to look cool on the
water, what could be cooler than being on the cutting edge of the
If you want to get noticed at the lake, I can’t think of a better
way than by taking to the water on an AquaSkipper. Made with
aircraft aluminum and fiberglass, the AquaSkipper’s hydrofoils keep
you above water while your own muscle power propels you across the
To get going, you just stand on the platform, hold on to the
handles, and hop up and down. Sure, you’ll run out of breath pretty
quickly at first, but can you think of a better way to get in shape
and have fun at the same time?
The AquaSkipper weighs just 26 pounds and is easily disassembled
for transport. They say that you can get it going up to 17 miles per
hour! You can buy one right now for around $500 at
www.jumpusa.com/aquaskipper.html. Or, give them a call at
The Wake Trainer by Extreme Watercraft is a small
remotely-controlled watercraft that lets you water ski solo — solo
as in all alone: no boater, no spotter. In fact, no boat!
The skier basically tows himself behind this little craft, using
controls built into the handle of the tow rope. There are two kill
switches built into the device, and it will go up to 40 miles per
hour, powered by a 70 horse 2-stroke.
The Wake Trainer costs about $7,000, and you better check with
your local authorities to see if it is legal before buying one.
The Extreme Watersports Web site is under construction, so not a
whole lot of information was available at press time. Keep checking
www.extremewatercraft.com, or you can contact them by e-mail at