Burleigh man John Kingslee has invented a motorised bodysurfing hand plane (Powerup) which he claims is the first in the world. Picture: Jerad Williams
Burleigh man John Kingslee has invented a motorised bodysurfing hand plane (Powerup) which he claims is the first in the world. Picture: Jerad Williams

You must see this motorised bodysurfer

In the 1960s John Kingslee made hand-planes out of plywood to bodysurf in the waves of Bondi.

But now the 68-year-old Gold Coast inventor has taken the devices to another level.

Mr Kingslee claims to have developed the world's only motorised "flying" hand plane which he calls the "Power Up".

"A lot of us old bodysurfers used to make them out of plywood, we'd put a fin and a strap across it and off we'd go," Mr Kingslee said.

Burleigh man John Kingslee testing out the device at Burleigh Beach. Picture: Jerad Williams
Burleigh man John Kingslee testing out the device at Burleigh Beach. Picture: Jerad Williams

Bodysurfers place the small boards under their hands to allow them to ride higher out the water, meaning less drag and a faster ride.

Mr Kingslee said his propeller-powered invention could allow bodysurfers to ride even faster.

"I took it out in the big surf we had in Duranbah recently - it gives you huge push down the wave," the Burleigh resident said.

The hand plane's propeller is powered by rechargeable lithium ion battery and can tow swimmers at about 4 knots (7.5km/h) without the help of a wave or swim fins.

Mr Kingslee - who has created underwater diving air helmets for tourists and theme parks - said a patent was pending for the device which took him two years to develop.

He said he hoped to tap into a resurgence in bodysurfing and attract tourism operators into forking out $1200 per device when he plans to put it on the market in coming months.

"Bodysurfing seems to be making a comeback, it died off for quite a while but I think it's coming back simply because people are going to the beach more now," he said.

"You get a lot better feel of the water when you bodysurf."



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