Up in the mountains of Switzerland, on the frozen Lake St. Moritz, one British athlete and a few experimenters were looking to add a touch of insanity to a sport that is already extreme.
“It might sound a bit crazy to begin with. ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to be propelled along on my snowboard by electric jet engines.’ But, in reality, it’s actually not as bad as it sounds,” said English snowboarder Jamie Barrow.
“You’re not going to take off and fly somewhere. It’s actually something that could be used once developed as pretty much a new sport or a different way of getting around or propelling not only snowboards and skis but other extreme sports.”
Barrow was the athlete tasked with testing out the DreamScience thruster, an electric jet engine propeller that can hit speeds of 50 miles per hour.
Barrow spent a week in Switzerland testing out the thruster, an experiment which was documented in the video shown above and went according to plan.
“I see devices like this becoming extreme sport devices that are really commonplace,” said one DreamScience representative.
“People are going to use them to get up ski slopes, they’ll use ‘em to go wind surfing when there’s no wind. Wherever you want a lot of power, you’d probably use something like this, in the future.”
To see how the electric jet engine powered snowboarding works, check out the video below.