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Coral Reef Wetsuits introduces the first solar surfboard
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Coral_Reef_Wetsuits_LogoSouthern California-based Coral Reef Wetsuits has introduced the first solar charging surfboard. Coral Reef Wetsuits’ Tony Jones invented the Outback surfboard line that charges small electric devices – cell phones, iPods, smartphones, digital cameras, and flashlights. Jones has used the prototype board for more than two years, and it passed the extreme testing conditions such as very large surf, hitting the board in the water and worldwide travel.

The Outback line is designed for campers or world travelers that surf remote locations and an electrical infrastructure is not accessible. The Outback line gives the choice of a three, five or eight watt solar panel in the board. The solar surfboard charges in the shade, so it avoids direct sunlight that delaminates it. An o-ring plug protects the female-connection point from the water and sand when it's not charging.

A detachable lithium ion battery pack connects to the board. Personal electronic devices are then reenergized from the charged battery pack.


All Outback models include the battery pack and battery charging wire. The eight-watt model also comes with a car-charging kit. Custom shapes and finishes are available for each model.

Charge Time and Pricing for Outback Models:

  • 3 Watt Solar Surfboard – 4-5 hours (6'0" to 7'9" $795 and 9'0" to 9'6" $899)
  • 5 Watt Solar Surfboard – 3-4 hours (8'0" to 8'9" $995)
  • 8 Watt Solar Surfboard – 2-3 hours (9'0" to 10' $1195 and 12'0 & SUP $1495)

Incorporating the solar technology into small water crafts, fishing kayaks, emergency boat safety pods and sailboats is the next step for Jones and Coral Reef Wetsuits.


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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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