SipaBoards are self-inflating standup paddleboards propelled forward by their own pump

Though it’s a relatively new form of water recreation, you’ve probably seen standup paddleboarders at a lake near you—they’re the people standing on what looks like a surfboard, using a long paddle to reach the water.

The SipaBoards project would like to be the world’s first self-inflating standup paddleboard. Its core is a fan-like electric motor called the SipaDrive that inflates the board by moving air, then propels the board by moving water.

Most standup paddleboards are hard-body items. They don’t require inflating, but take up as much room as a surfboard when transported or carried. The SipaBoard is small enough for a child to carry by himself or herself.

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