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Meet Steve Kipp of WaterSpeed Cycles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steve Kipp.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I thought that I could propel my surfboards much faster with my leg power than by paddling with my arms.

I worked on a prototype where I mounted a bike on the surfboard, which you sat on and which powered a propeller underneath the board. After 4-5 boards, I designed a vehicle that could not only go long distances with ease but could also catch waves. And since it was built on a stand up surfboard and it is propeller driven, you can actually go faster and catch more waves than stand up surfers. My “WaterCycle” rides along on flat water between 2-4 mph and is very quiet, relaxing and requires no skill or balance.

I am currently working on getting them into some of the California watersports rental companies and I show them at Mission Bay for prospective customers. I have 4 currently available and normally they are $1495 each but I will let first two go, on special, for $995 each. Only have 2 at that price and you will be the first on your block with a “WaveCycle”. Still need to take it down the river and go longer distances, i.e. 10 miles. Not gimmicky, but built tough for years of use. We have over 3 years, 500 hours, and 200 caught waves of prototype testing. They have been rolled 100’s of feet by 10-foot waves with no damage.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Has been a long project in the making as the original design came about in 1987 and between raising a family and businesses, it was shelved until 2005. The first models and these actually cost more to make than we sell for (only $995!), which is what, or less, than many stand up boards themselves cost. And the WaterCycles have a nice recumbent seat to relax on instead of standing the whole time.

Please tell us about WaterSpeed Cycles.
The WaterCycle is a new invention and no one currently carries one that I know of. You will meet a lot of people and a great way to make new friends. It is very easy and anyone can do it on flat water. They are so stable, no one has ever tipped one over on flat water. We feel that this will become a sport in the future, as it’s basically biking on water. And you can find a lot more peaceful waterway to ride on than roads. Also, since you don’t even get wet, you can ride in the winter with warm clothes on. We have some newer, even more advanced models coming that will go twice as fast, so stay tuned.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Trips to Mexico with my family to go scuba diving and exploring.

Pricing:

  • First 2 will sell at $995 then $1495 each.

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