Bob Montgomery, a classic gnarly California surfer, pioneered the technology. He rode the prototype in the 1995 movie "Waterworld," and said he has been dreaming of developing a motorized surfboard since he was a kid."And that God-given dream never left me and that's why it's here," he said.The feeling of riding one of his boards is akin to riding a 50-foot monster wave, Montgomery said."It's the closest thing to surfing on a big wave that you will ever taste, without surfing," he said.
"I always tell these gnarly surfer dudes who think this is cheating, 'Come out and give me 15 minutes.' It's like wave boarding or water skiing for 15 minutes -- it just kicks your butt."Surfing has been evolving for centuries. The native Hawaiians rode gigantic Redwood slabs. In the 1930s, short Balsa wood boards were introduced and later, the fin was added.
Eventually, the boards were made of fiberglass. Surfers today are looking for the next extreme ride. Some go up in a helicopter to catch the biggest breaks. Earlier this year, pro surfer Garrett McNamara rode a 100-foot monster in Portugal, but only after being towed by a jet ski. Montgomery sells the JetBoard, comprised of 800 parts".
The JetBoard can hold up to 300 pounds so almost anyone can feel what it's like to catch a big wave, even in relatively wave-less lagoons. "The sport needs to grow by the riders and players," he said. "The product always evolves in all sports. "With his board, Montgomery wants to spread the sport of jet-powered surfing to the masses, whether they live on the California coast or by a lake in Oklahoma. "Like the Beach Boys song says, if everyone had an ocean then everyone would be surfing," he said."