IT'S not quite a jet ski, not quite a surfboard.

But somewhere in between, the latest action sport has been born. The Jetsurf, constructed in Czech Republic, has hit Sunshine Coast's shores.

Cameron Bell, a FIFO worker in Western Australia, said he thought he was the first on the Coast to get hold of one of the motorised, carbon fibre boards.

Given his new toy's $17,000 price tag, that's not surprising.

However, the fresh piece of machinery could revolutionise big-wave surfing, potentially eliminating the need for a tow-in.

Mr Bell's board can hit speeds of up to 60kmh.

With only about 1000 boards circulating worldwide, Mr Bell said he gets plenty of attention when he takes his Jetsurf out off Cotton Tree.

HEAD-TURNER: Cameron Bell with his $17,000 Jetsurf board at Cotton Tree. It can reach a speed of 60kmh. Below: The board in action.
HEAD-TURNER: Cameron Bell with his $17,000 Jetsurf board at Cotton Tree. It can reach a speed of 60kmh. Below: The board in action. Iain Curry

"Everywhere you go people are just amazed by it," he said.

"Most people ask what it is, then they go and check the website out to learn a bit more about it."

Mr Bell said the board alone was worth between $7000 and $8000, and he said most people mistook the machinery for an electric board, until they saw the two-stroke engine cleverly built into the board.

"It's not surfing, it's not a jet ski," he said.

"It's definitely a whole new kind of set-up.

"If you have a go in flat water then go into choppy water or into the ocean, it's a totally different thing."

Mr Bell said work was now underway to try to develop the hobby into an extreme sport. A race meet will be held in Perth later this year.

For more information about the Jetsurf, head to the Jetsurf-Australia Facebook page.



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