SuperSoakers? Yeah, you were stoked on them once upon a summer. But the latest and greatest water toys do more than shoot water—from pumped-up paddle boards to jet-pack boots, they shoot for the moon with their far-out, sci-fi technology. Here are the best new ways to play by the lake, ocean (and perhaps pool) before the sun sets on the summer.
Naish ONE 12’6” (Naish, $1,099): This inflatable, all-around cruising and racing stand-up paddleboard packs into a burly canvas backpack, goes from zero to hero in five minutes flat with an included high-pressure gauge pump, and turns any body of water into an instant playground.
Schiller S1 (Schiller Bikes, $4,500): Jesus may have walked on water, but only you can bike on water with this nifty contraption, mounted on two inflatable pontoons. It was inspired by a 20-year-old Italian kit that resurfaced for inventor Judah Schiller, tested in the waves off South Beach and has since taken off worldwide.
Epic V8 Pro Performance Surfski (Epic Kayaks, $2,895): Slice through the choppiest of waves on the Epic V8 Pro, the Cadillac of surfskis that stretches 19 feet long in a fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar composite hybrid that comfortably fits up to 280 lbs.
Starr Surf Skis (Starr Surf Skis): Here’s a different take on surf skis—literally, two skis that you ride on breaks just as you would the ski slopes. One look at One look at Chuck Patterson surfing Jaws on a pair of these puppies, and you’ll be jonesing for your own pair.
Alpine Foil 5.0 Access V2 Hydrofoil Kitefoil System (Alpine Foil, $1,225): Kitesurfing reaches a whole new level, literally, when you’re flying through the air on a French-made hydrofoil in winds as light as five to six knots. This one comes with carbon winds, a 95cm mast and more that mounts onto your kiteboard.
Flyboarding (Smuggs, $129): No hefty gear investment is required for this one: Simply show up at Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont, swallow your humility, and strap on a flyboard, which attaches to an instructor-driven jetski by a hose. The water pressure then lifts you up to 45 feet in the air during the 45-minute Jetson-like lesson.
Hobie Mirage Eclipse (Hobie Cat, $2499 and $2599): In the “what will they think of next” category comes this stand-up paddleboard powered by a Stairmaster-like contraption. Instead of pumping up a paddleboard like the Naish, you pump your feet—no paddle required. The composite-epoxy boards come in 10.5-foot and 12-foot models and have adjustable handlebars. It’s like riding a bike. Sort of.