The Calypso is a semi-submersible personal watercraft (PWC) designed as a rescue vehicle for big wave tow-in surfing. It would use off-the-shelf Sea-Doo parts inside a new type of hull designed for this specific task.
The Origin of the Idea:
This idea was brought to me by Sebastian Campos Moller, one of my designers. He got it while he was surfing with his brother and realized safety could be improved by creating a vehicle that would keep the driver safe while rescuing fallen surfers more rapidly. This first concept is a fine result, but it would still
need some tweaking.
How It Works:
The Calypso works similarly to a PWC propelled by a jet turbine, except the vehicle would be longer and its cockpit would be designed so that it could dive under and slice through huge waves, so it must have a strong canopy.
The Calypso’s hull would be made of kevlar reinforced fiber or another type of lighter, cheaper, stronger material. The current design proposes meshed fabric openings on each side and a windshield, but this could be altered based on testing. The shape of the hull, fins, and other features will also need to be designed and developed so that the watercraft can slice or dive more easily through waves.
There would be an opening and space in the back for the surfer to secure his surfboard. With driverless technology getting more affordable each year, I think it would be possible to develop a basic autopilot that would keep the Calypso aligned w
hile the driver is helping the surfer get onboard. Bow thrusters are one potential option. At this point, the pilot could either head back to the beach or help the surfer catch another wave.
What It’s Used For
The Calypso would be able take on massive waves, and a single person would be able to carry out rescue missions in dangerous coasts and surf breaks and near rocks, where a quick response is crucial. Even if a series of waves kept rolling the vehicle, the driver would remain safe inside his cockpit. Developing such a machine would push the limits of existing Sea-Doos and open up new possibilities.
The Calypso concept was developed in collaboration with Sebastian Campos Möller, an award-winning industrial designer from Mexico. Sebastian graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design and specializes in 3D and concept development for human-centered products. Sebastian also produced the concept images for the Solexa personal drone and the Recycle and Print concept (RNP).