As paddle-in surfers struggled in the massive swell and blustery conditions, Lenny rode in from the deep on a 1.8 metre (6 ft) motorised surfboard made of Kevlar and carbon fibre.
Lenny says the JetSurf is a cross between a formula one car and a jet ski. "She's gonna purr, watch this! It's pretty nuts!"
JetSurf pushes the boundaries of water sports, using engineering and electronics to create a new way to ride. The Jetsurf Pro Race model was developed for advanced riders and competition use. Propelled with a 100cc engine that maxes out at 61km per hour, it’s fast enough to get a speeding ticket in your local neighborhood (so don’t try this at home, just on the surf!).
JetSurf spokesman Philipp Wolf says, "Kai Lenny needed some extra speed so he took the JetSurf Pro Race for the ultimate test. What Lenny has done with the JetSurf on a super heavy break like ‘Jaws’ is what top motorsport car manufacturers do on the Nürburgring in Germany, its like the ultimate test, and we are proud to have succeeded.
"After eight years in development and rigorous testing in all water conditions, we had to be absolutely sure the Pro Race would pass the toughest of challenges. Our dedicated team of F1 designers and hydro-mechanical engineers know that there's no margin for error so our equipment has to perform at its best.
The idea of a motorized surfboard has been in existence for several years but JetSurf developer Martin Sula and his team combined their knowledge and expertise in fields such as combustion engines, hydromechanics, composite materials, and electrical engineering to launch JetSurf in 2008 and push the boundaries of water sports.
The JetSurf is the only motorized water vehicles with the ability to be transported via person, car, boat, and plane as personal luggage on international and domestic carrier flights. Using the most advanced technology, engineers have reduced the total weight of the JetSurf and accessories to 15kg, or 30lbs.
JetSurf parts and components are manufactured by Czech company MSR Engines, who specialize in the development of combustion engines and special electronics. Some of MSR Engines' clients include: BMW, Skoda, KTM and Honeywell.