Experience Something Fun for Everyone

As much as we love boarding, surfing, and skiing, there are times when we feel a need switch things up and try something new while on the water. That’s why in this post, we’re talking about ways to take a break from your normal routine and try something that puts a smile on everyone’s face. Here, you’ll find two of the most unique products on the market that are designed to give you an entirely new experience behind the boat. Let’s jump in.

Slingshot Hover Glide Wakefoil

At first glance, this may just look like another wakesurf board. Rest assured, though, the Slingshot Hover Glide Wakefoil is unlike any board you’ve ridden before. The key difference is the “foil,” attached to the board with one of two sized masts, which gives you the ability to glide through water without the board even touching it. If you’ve been around water sports for a while, you may recognize this as an “air-chair” or traditional hydrofoil, but with a board on top. This gives riders the ability to use their base knowledge of riding a wake or surfboard and apply it to a whole new experience.

The board can be ridden with a long line at wakeboard speeds, or it can be surfed at slower speeds without a rope. Because the board is rarely touching the water, it also allows you to ride in conditions that would be way too choppy to enjoy on a wake or surfboard. Slingshot offers multiple board options and even a few different foil wings that are optimized for your preferred riding style, so be sure to check one out at your watersports dealer and find out which set up is best for your crew. No matter how seriously you take your riding, you can’t help but smile ear to ear when you give this thing a rip!

HO Sports RAD Disc

If the learning curve of the wakefoil intimidates you, or you’re just looking for a way for everyone that gets on your boat this summer to enjoy themselves, then this one is for you! The RAD (Round Aquatic Device) is a next-generation inflatable that offers riders the choice to ride laying down, on their knees, standing up, or anything in between. The thick welded “dropstitch” construction makes the RAD much easier to ride standing up than a typical inflatable, but is still soft enough to be ridden like a traditional tube. The soft EVA handle hook allows you to ride hands-free, but also makes picking up the rope and holding it in your hands easy and approachable.

In addition to learning unique tricks on the RAD, it can also be used as a great training tool to give young or inexperienced riders the feeling of riding behind the boat and holding the handle, but without the learning curve of a board or skis. Combine that with the fact that it can be deflated and folded up into a small package, and you’ve got a piece of gear that’s a must-have for your boat this summer. The RAD comes in both 3’ and 5’ sizes, the latter of which is the easiest to learn on. Check out the video below to see just how fun getting RAD can be, and check one out for yourself online or in-store at SouthTown Boardsports.