A few months ago, when The Watercraft Journal was first to reveal all of the in-depth details on the all-new 2018 Sea-Doo lineup, there was one picture that shook the PWC industry. You might remember it: a couple relaxing on the back of a new GTX 155, facing each other while enjoying a snack. The big difference between this machine and others before it, was the location of the back seat; it was perched all the way on the back of the ski’s deck with a cooler sitting between the two halves of the bench seat. Almost immediately, people thought that the new Sea-Doo allowed for the back seat to be attached to the back of the craft, but such was not the case. The modular Linq system only allows for the seat to be placed there, not secured.
This got the team at Bopenski Watersports thinking. Within months, an all-new folding chair was designed, prototyped and produced. Unlike the usual “umbrella-style” chairs you might use camping or watching your kid’s soccer game, the Bopenski “KickBack” Jet Ski Chair stands on two forward legs while being tethered to the runabout’s tow eye. This ensures that the chair remains level, sturdy and balanced. Plus, it’s lightweight and compact enough to fit in most 3-seater runabout’s front storage bin. No longer do you need a brand new Sea-Doo to sit back on the tail of your ski, now any PWC can be used! Even a three-seater Sea-Doo Spark or Yamaha EX can be used (although you might need to strap the chair down behind the backseat while underway).
Of course, the KickBack is not to be used while the ski’s engine is running or while under power as a rider could be tossed from the ski or otherwise seriously hurt. It’s just meant for relaxing when the ski is at rest. If you’re interested, the KickBack is available for pre-order and retails for $249.99. That’s not cheap, but its aluminum frame and stainless steel hardware does add to the chair’s longevity, but we ain’t gonna lie, that’s a pretty expensive folding chair, dude.