Sea-bull

The concept

The Sea-Bull’s purpose is to create massive waves on its sides and serve as a powered surfing platform for competitions around the world. It’s equipped with multiple 3D cameras and a private VIP lounge, and it can accommodate two Sea-Doo watercraft on its retractable rear platform.

 

The Backgound

Last fall, I went salmon fishing with André Paradis, a great fisherman and TV producer who also hosts the King of the River TV Show. On the eight-hour drive to the Matapedia River, we had time to exchange ideas on lots of subjects, and André came up with this challenging idea to build a boat capable of handling surfing competitions on the world’s oceans.

We started thinking about converting a tugboat and soon enough the concept started to take form. Of course, the real work was done by Adolfo Esquivel, who created the really detailed renderings of the Sea-Bull.

 

How it Works

The Sea-Bull would probably be based on a Tugboat platform. These types of boats are workhorses. They are meant to pull and push and they can work non-stop for hours on end. Of course, you do need to refuel and service them from time to time. So we could probably use an existing Tugboat and convert it to create the Sea-Bull.

On each side, there would be wave-inducing plates. The pilot would be able to raise and tilt these plates to modify the wave pattern directly from the cabin. A hydraulic gearbox on the side (near the boat hull) would carry out this task, and the whole system could slide up and down along tubes at each end. Is it better to push the water out in front of the boat and simply create side waves, or alter the water flow and create water depressions? Various scenarios should be tested. We kept this part ‘undefined’ on purpose, it would be discussed with interested parties.

Motorized 3D cameras would film the figures of the surfers and camera drones could also be deployed to get better shots from different angles. Inside the Sea-Bull, there would be a video feed studio to choose the best shot to be sent live to viewers on shore.

The rear rest area would feature a deck made of Teak wood with racks to store the surf boards, and lounge chairs to listen to music and watch the action. This section would also feature cameras, stage lights, and surround sound speakers to animate surfing parties.

The boat features a high glass fence to keep water from coming into the boat when the waves are high. A door on the side railing gives you access to stairs and a small platform at water level so that the surfers can start surfing from there.

The rear platform is designed so that a Sea-Doo pilot could park his watercraft directly on the boat by advancing on the soft plastic ramp. This would allow the helpers to fetch surfers who have fallen down. This rear platform could also retract inside the hull when the boat is moving to reduce drag.

 

What It’s Used For?

The Sea-Bull would be used to create surfing competitions around the world. Think Miami, Monaco, Dubai, Maui, Ibiza, etc. It could tour major cities in the summer and also create surfing marathons like crossing the English Channel on a surf board. Of course, a major sponsor would need to finance the creation of this vehicle and a specialized network could buy the TV rights for the events.

The Designer

I would like to thank Adolfo Esquivel who created the images of the Sea-Bull. Adolfo lives in Colombia. He studied at the Haas School of Business (University of California, Berkeley) and works as a Senior Industrial Designer for Geico Design.

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