|What is a aquaskipper?|
|What is a Hydrofoil?|
|How does the aquaskipper work?|
|Where can it be started?|
|How can the Aquaskipper be transported?|
|Who designed the aquaskipper?|
|Is it possible to start the aquaskipper from the water?|
|How far can you go?|
|Can you do Waves?|
|The aquaskipper is a Human Powered Hydrofoil. It also can be called a hpv (Human Powered Vehikel).|
|Hydro means water and foil means wing. So Hydrofoils are vehikels using a wing underwater to keep the main body out of the water and travel with extremly low resitance. Other popular examples are common Hydrofoil boots or the Airchair!|
|Speed and the wing together produce lift, which keeps you out of the water. That is the same with all Hydrofoils. But with the aquaskipper you can gain or at least keep speed by some kind of hopping on the vehikel. And you need that speed as you should not get slower than about 8 km/h or you will get wet! Steering is similar to bicycle, as you just turn the bar for turns. But different from bicycles you keep the balance in another way as you don`t lean into the turn. |
|You normaly need a jetty or bigger boot. Starting from the beach needs some practice (watch video with my first trys). The main goal of every start is to reach at least minimum speed so lift is produced!|
|The aquaskipper can very easy also be transported in even small cars.
The whole body of the aquaskipper can be stored in the trunk, only the main wing will be placed between the seats.
This way you still can use all four main seats!|
|As far as I know a chinese american designed the aquaskipper. The aquaskipper also is produced in China.
But that makes much lower prices for the aquaskipper possible, so perhabs the aquaskipper will have more sucess than the trampofoil.|
But ther are plans on building extra equipment witch makes the aquaskipper float totally.
|There are no real records no or anything like that. I guess it`s going to be a little bit better than with the trampofoil.
So this summer we will see the first competitive marks. Wonder when there will be aquaskipper Races!|
|Yes you can!|
And it shell also work quiet well, but for sure you need some surfing knowlege!
|The main wing is 2,44m and the wheight is about 12kg. The body mainly is made from aircraft-aluminum . Max speed is about 27 km/h or 16 mph. Min speed is about 10 km/h or 6 mph |
|The Aquaskipper at the Ispo 2005 in Munich |