Impressed by the innovative spirit of people behind SUBWING, the editors of our online magazine decided to do an interview with Simon, the brain behind this awesome new way of exploring our Earth. His product is a fantastic underwater gadget that allows you to dive like a dolphin, fell like a mermaid and just see the underwater world in a whole different way. Without further ado – here is his amazing invention:
It is often little pleasures that make life great, but this seems even better: A big, adrenaline pumping activity. So, how does your product stand out from a plethora of other water toys?
Subwing is a water sport that revolutionizes and changes completely the way we experience the ocean. It is a board sport like wakeboarding or bodyboarding, but taking you under water. Any ocean lover or watersport enthusiast will be thrilled by the exciting experience, gliding through the water like a dolphin, diving and resurfacing at any time needed or just skipping along the water surface.
Subwing is one of its kind, unique activity; to enjoy it, you do not have to have any background skills, besides holding your breath for short periods of time. When I say short, I mean it J – from a couple seconds for a beginner to several minutes for an experience free diver. Subwing is easily controlled and anyone can get a hold of it in minutes.
Subwing is a recreational product, which can also be used for the marine life research activates or rescue procedures.
As our product is closely connected to water and marine environment SUBWING’s policy is to spread the awareness of the marine ecosystem and coral reefs protection. By purchasing a Subwing not only will you be enjoying the excitement of the underwater flight but also giving your input into the marine ecosystem preservation and protection. 1% of the price you pay for your SUBWING is donated for marine ecosystem protection, restoration and preservation programs.
How hard it is to handle this contraption, should newcomers to the world of watersports try it out? Are there some cool tricks you can do to impress friends or a partner?
You learn how to subwing in several minutes, once you try it out, you quickly get a hold of it. Short shallow dives are a lot of fun, too. Once you get good, you can start doing some fun tricks like spinning and turning or walking on the ocean floor. Two riders can hold onto the same Subwing as well, or several riders can subwing in a line, holding each other by the feet.
We are dedicated to the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Can Subwing fit into that picture?
Subwing brings us closer to the ocean, you really start feeling the bond to this magnificent and mysterious entity. Life was born in the ocean, when you ride a Subwing, you return back to mother nature in a way. Riding a Subwing calms you down, you observe the marine life in silence, taking a deep breath when you resurface and slowly start to descend once you are ready. it is a kind of meditation of its sort. The boat is going at 2-4 knots, which is really slow, but it feels just right under the water. Subwinging brings you to peace, you have to listen to your body and observe.
We saw a turtle print on one of the products, does that mean we can take it slowly and relax? Or should we be worried about serving as shark bait?
Like Subwing, a turtle moves slowly and graciously through the water at a steady pace with the help of her ‘wings’.
Yes, the subwing can both be a relaxing and a thrilling sport. You can choose a slow pace and just relax or do thrilling proximity flying over the ocean floor and while performing agile underwater acrobatics.
Sharks are not as fierce and dangerous as many believe and we spotted sharks underwater on numerous occasions and usually they are more afraid of you that you are of them. But of course we will not recommend subwinging with great whites.
A wise man once said that life is about the journey, not the destination. So, how long can a journey with this amazing piece of equipment take?
Once you start subwinging, it is really hard to stop, you just want to go again and again. Basically your journey ends when the sun sets.
Isn’t Norway a bit chilly for water sports? We heard that it is cold enough there to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.
Norwegian waters are quite cold, even during the summer time your swimming sessions will be short and brisk. Subwing was invented in Norway, and had to be tested here as well. But not even the cold winter of Norway could stop Simon from jumping in the sea to perform essential testing. Even if it meant he had to wrap his head with duct tape, to prevent icy water entering the wetsuit.
What are some great destinations for watersports you can recommend? Or just places where you can immerse in mesmerizing underwater landscape?
Luckily for Subwing and water sport lovers ocean does cover the majority of our planet. There are numerous amazing places you can subwing at, for example Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Philippines, Haiti you name it. Of course it is nice to see some marine life on your Subwing trip, but gliding above the sand floor, or skipping above the water surface is as enjoyable.
Can those who want to live the life to its fullest use Subwing as a traveling gadget for an active vacation filled with underwater exploration?
Definitely. While subwinging you can explore and see much more, than just swimming or snorkeling.
This seems like a perfect product to serve as a centerpiece of an awesome lifestyle, but what does it cost to get the get the show on the water? Is there any additional equipment we should keep in mind?
You do not need any additional equipment other than a boat, mask and tow rope to enjoy the Subwing to the fullest. There are three different Subwing versions starting at 295 USD.
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