In early February we at The Watercraft Journal brought you to you possibly one of the coolest inventions not only for personal watercraft, but for the sport of wakeboarding as well. Dubbed the RC Ski, this system is a remote control for your personal watercraft, allowing total control of the watercraft while wakeboarding or wakeskating.
The RC Ski is brainchild of Justin Merrill while attempting to kiteboard during a windless day. Merrill thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to go wakeboarding without having to drag a friend out of bed to tow you around?” The inventor/entrepreneur went into his workshop to combine his love for RC cars and wakeboarding and RC Ski was born.
It was only after countless hours building the first prototypes and working with engineers, the RC Ski is now in its final evolutionary stage, designed and tested using state-of-the-art methods. The RC Ski’s control unit is designed to fit nearly every jet ski, and is made with durable, high quality components and the logic boards used by Texas Instruments chip sets.
Partnered together with Clarity Design in San Diego, RC Ski is ready to produce the first production units. RC Ski’s Eddie Phanichkul stated, “With our aggressive design and production schedule, and because we are already so far along, we expect to be able to finish production, assembly, and packaging by September 2015, with the first units shipping out the following month. All other rewards should be available and shipped out by the end of September, and we’ll be making sure everyone gets their rewards in time for Christmas 2015.”
But making this new invention happen and within their projected schedule is no easy task and requires quite a bit of help…from you! As of early yesterday, May 4th, RC Ski launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the necessary $50,000 needed to initiate production on the final design.
All of us at The Watercraft Journal are excited to partner with RC Ski to help get the word out, and we’ll be doing so over this summer with regular updates, videos and reviews. Until then, skip on over to their Kickstarter page and invest what you can. Help support a new company, a great invention and the growth of the sport!