Going Back To The Future
StarFish Capital Partners
Back in 2006/07, before Nevada derailed us, my Las Vegas business development firm StarFish Capital Partners Inc, (StarFish), had positioned the very cool TahitiPetey XBoard (as seen in above video) as the next “MUST OWN” personal watercraft at surf Expos and Boat Shows throughout America.
Our primary goal was to use the Xboard to increase awareness of the TahitiPetey brand, and thereby the ocean issues at the same time. As it turned out, it, along with the misrepresentation of it's maker in regards to the engine and delivery, that plan backfired.
The XBoard offered a gasoline fired rotary engine that powered a jet pump drive, for one of the most unique and fun experiences one can have on the water. It made surfing possible almost anywhere you had a few feet of water. In runs on inter-coastal waterways of Florida, it was clocked at traveling nearly 60 miles per hour.
Sadly, the State of Nevada put StarFish and my TahitiPetey brand out of business needlessly, as explained elsewhere on this site and by way of The AngelPreneur PodCast. The public Company that was building the XBoard has all but dissolved too, so it is no longer available for sale today. Sorry!
In 2011, however, I explored
introducing the XBoard again
while in Canada under the
Sharkster brand name. I was working with the original group that developed the original engine technology, and intended to reintroduce all of the same business model elements, as demand was still substantial.
Up to that time, the Sharkster XBoard would have been one of only a few jet driven surfboards to reach the consumer watercraft market. But like the original Board engine issues again prevented that launch. Soon after, two similar versions of a jet board hit the market built in Europe, so we elected to opt out.
Petey shares his view on XBoard and StarFish Capital Partners
In August 2006, we tested the XBoard at Lake Mead, near Las Vegas, NV. The challenge was to see if it was easy to ride. Our "StarFish Girls" - pwho were a part of our sales team at the time - had to get up and ride them in under ten minutes, or the project was dead. All five got up and did so in under five minutes, so we went forward with the XBoard project.
The Shark and his StarFish Girls attended multiple boat shows in the USA and the annual Surf Expo in Orlando, to promote the XBoard in late 2006 - 2007.
Two TahitiPetey XBoards mounted securely to the jet ski trailer, for easy loading, unloading, and transport to the lake or ocean.
First time riders of the XBoard in Florida share their experience and fun rides. You'll want an XBoard for sure after viewing this video.
PLEASE NOTE: THE XBOARD IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE
The original TahitiPetey XBoard plans called for us developing a pro-tour for this sport, a full feature magazine, beach and retail franchises for private operators.