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AquaSkipper – the Jesus-mobile

“Aquaskipper” is a human powered hydrofoil.
It’s similar to the original Swedish Trampofoil, which is no longer available.
There’s also one called the “Pumpabike” from South Africa.

They’re also called “hull-less watercraft” and “flapping wing propulsion vessels”.
You bounce up and down to make the wing fly and propel you.
If you stop you fall into the water and swim back to the dock.
It’s completely ridiculous and works really well once you get the hang of it.

Decavitator “Human-Powered Hydrofoil”

On 27 October 1991, Mark Drela pedalled the human-powered hydrofoil, Decavitator, to a world-record speed of 18.5 knots (9.53 meters/second) over a 100 meter race course on the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts.

In the spring of 1993 the Decavitator team was awarded the DuPont prize for the fastest human-powered water craft. This prize was to be awarded to the first team to break 20 knots over a 100 meter course, or to the team with the fastest speed on record as of 31 December 1992.

Here the “Decavitator” on action
Decavitator
Here the Decavitator website, lot of infos and videos