THIS summer is shaping up as one of the best yet with a massive range of terrific toys and cool contraptions set for release at the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from 17-19 October.
Event & Marketing Manager Emma Milne said experiencing life beneath the water is about to get a whole lot more interesting with the release of the new Sea-Doo Seascooter from RIB Force Inflatables.
“This surprisingly affordable power-assisted snorkelling device is a bold way to experience the Big Blue, to explore local beaches or just have even more fun in the pool,” she said.
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The Expo – to be held at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera – has also been confirmed for the official Queensland release of the highly anticipated, limited edition 2015 Kawasaki Ultra 310R – the fastest Jet Ski on the planet.
Ms Milne said the 310R – at the Jet Ski World stand – draws on decades of championship-winning racing experience and its deep-V hull design offers superb straight-line tracking and precise cornering … and excellent all-day comfort.
“And as far as cool contraptions go, the Hoverboard is possibly the most anticipated futuristic thrill-seeking accessory of all time. It was in the 1989 blockbuster Back to the Future II that Marty McFly (aka Michael J Fox) introduced the world to the hoverboard – a jet-propelled skateboard without wheels,” she said.
“Rumours have persisted since the movie’s release that hoverboards were in fact real and, even after a series of false starts, that they were scheduled to hit the market on October 21, 2015 … again courtesy of the fictional Back to the Future II.
“The fact is: they weren’t real … until now!”
The Hoverboard has been described as a cross between wakeboarding and flying and taps the thrust of personal water craft to create adrenalin-pumping fun.
“It’s been said that: ‘if this is not the way you imagined a hoverboard would work, that’s ok … it might be time to accept that the future may be better than we first imagined’,” said Ms Milne.
And then there’s the Jetovator, which also taps the power of personal water craft – it combines the acrobatic aptitudes of an aircraft with simplicity of riding a motorbike and meets the growing demand for innovative and exciting water sports experiences.
“Shoreline Jet Skis will introduce The Tubby, which transforms your personal water craft into the ultimate fishing machine,” said Ms Milne. “This is an innovative design which offers more stability, more storage … and more functionality. It latches on and off in seconds, has a built-in cutting board, adjustable rod-holders … and more.”
Ms Milne said Gold Coast Boat and Jet Ski Licensing will also be offering an approved online learning environment that offers the flexibility of completing the theory component of boat or personal water craft licences in your own time, online.
“And Noble Boats International is also bringing its rigid and stable range of inflatable stand-up paddleboards to the Expo – they can be deflated, folded and carried as a backpack, and quickly re-inflated for convenient and quick fun at the beach,” she said.