Seattle, WA (PressExposure) December 12, 2011 -- The newest towable watersport allows you to "fly" underwater.
Abyss Boards LLC, a start-up watersport company, debuts a boat towable board that allows you to ride underwater. The Abyss Board performs tricks and maneuvers while exploring beneath the surface. Wakeboarding, waterskiing and other towable watersports are limited to the surface. The Abyss Board is the first sport where you can ride both above, and below the wake.
"It combines fighter jet maneuvers with underwater exploration, there's really nothing like it," said Eric Healy, aeronautical engineer and Abyss Board inventor. "The ability to witness marine life and underwater landscapes while cruising on the Abyss Board is amazing".
The Abyss Board is about the size of a boogie board except it has hand grips and a wing on either side. It's towed by a boat at about 8-10mph. With simple movements of the controls, the rider can dive, ascend, carve and do barrel rolls. The front of the board deflects water around the rider's shoulders and arms to decrease water resistance. The board was designed for safety. It's buoyant and the rider wears a life jacket in addition to breathing through a snorkel between dives. Simply ascend enough for the snorkel to penetrate the surface, take a breath, and continue exploring the depths.
The rider holds on to the two hand grips that are attached to the wings. Rotating the left hand grip rotates the left wing and rotating the right grip rotates the right wing. The included tow rope attaches under the board to three attachment points. The rear of the board has three fins on the bottom side for added stability. The board is partially filled with foam to give it the right amount of buoyancy with the rider wearing a life jacket. The wings and hand grips come apart with quick release pins for easy storage. The Abyss Board's advanced design enables safe, underwater flight with total rider control.