Wake Solo set for summer launch with $1,000 MSRP
San Diego-based company Wake Solo Inc. has filed a patent for its product that allows the user to wakeboard behind a PWC without a driver.
Nobody to tow you when you want to be towed? Wake Solo’s product solves that problem without the need for a physical “driver” of the PWC, giving the user the ability to control the boat from the tow rope itself.
“This product is a lot of fun and can be used with any of the major PWC brands,” said Justin Merrill, president and CEO of Wake Solo, Inc. “I invented the product, so I could get more time on the water wakeboarding when I couldn’t round up friends to drive and spot me from the boat. I saw a market for the product when I realized that everyone that I talked to about it wanted to know how they could get one.”
The product is being marketed under the trade name Wake Solo for about $1,000 suggested retail price. The closest product to Wake Solo is between $7,500 and $17,000 and requires an expensive separate boat rather than one’s own PWC.
The company is currently testing its second-generation prototype system, and the product is now ready to move into manufacturing and can be pre-ordered now.
Merrill is a native San Diegan, who epitomizes the adrenaline junky of both remote control vehicles and gadgets, as well as most forms of motorsport. His hobbies include a wide range of activities, from parasailing to motorcycles and sand rails to high-speed RC boats and stunt planes. He is a self-taught engineer, and having built two working prototypes, is now working exclusively with Clarity Design for the design engineering and manufacturing of the consumer product. It’s scheduled for release in the summer.