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Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 22 October 2021 | 0 Comments

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22 October 2021

The worlds first water bike replicates the cycling experience on water and has started an exciting new watersport that is taking the world by storm

Using the same technology as America’s Cup sailboats, Mantra5’s Hydrofoil eBike opens up a whole new cycling frontier. Now cycling is no longer purely a land based pursuit but also an activity that can be enjoyed on water - be it lakes, ocean, rivers or seas.

Suitable for a wide range of fitness levels, riders can explore ocean coastlines, train along waterways, or cruise lakeside with friends and family.The idea, as conceived byfounder, Guy Howard-Willis,stems from a dream he had that involved him pushing off from his home jetty and riding a bicycle with the same feeling of freedom as his road bike. Whilst cruising out into the bay, he was greeted by a pod of dolphins which swam alongside him as he rode - the dream had such an impact that he started developing the idea as soon as he awoke. 

Today, 8 years on and the Manta5 Journey is the result of that inspiring dream that has involved an intensive R&D and product development period. In 2019, Manta5 launched the first pilot run of the hydrofoil bike, garnering a whopping 350+ million views on social media. Guy’s vision to replicate the cycling experience on water has been achieved and with it a whole new world water sport has been born!

Behind the team cycling's new frontier is a close-knit Manta5 team that bring together skills and the genius of cross-functional working. The company is adventurous when it comes to creating experiences and dares to be different in the way itthinks and fearlessly innovates. Ideal for the warm, glassy waters of the Caribbean, the hydrofoil looks set to blow the environmentally destructive jet-ski out the water. Jet-skis have a significant impact on the environment due to two stroke engines which leak millions of gallons of unburned fuel into the waters each year. As well as impacts from disturbance and direct injury or mortality, irresponsible jet skiing can also lead to noise, air pollution, turbidity in shallow areas that endanger marine-life and can also cause a nuisance to other marine recreational users. Manta5 Hydrofoiler are available now with 3 week delivery times with prices that starts at $7,490 likely to appeal to the Caribbean yachting crowd.

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