Big Names Behind Electric PWC

Just got off the phone with Ross Champion, one of the absolute best freeride pilots in the business, and he confirms that he's involved with a new electric watercraft project, along with partner Steve Webster. These guys are taking it slow and not rushing into any big claims as of yet, but just the idea that someone of Champion's caliber and reputation would be working on a legitimate electric watercraft has me excited.

4th March 2010.
By Jeff Hemmel

Just got off the phone with Ross Champion, one of the absolute best freeride pilots in the business, and he confirms that he’s involved with a new electric watercraft project, along with Kommander Industries’ Steve Webster.

Unlike previous electric candidates I’ve mentioned, these guys are wisely taking it slow and not rushing into any big claims as of yet. But just the idea that people of Champion and Webster’s caliber and reputation would be working on a legitimate zero-emissions, electric watercraft has me excited.

For those that might not be familiar with the pair, Champion is legendary for his surf skills and riding ability. He is the 2008 and 2009 IFWA World Champion, and gained mainstream notoriety on the Discovery Channel’s “Stunt Junkies.” Webster built a performance following at Jet Ski Unlimited in Phoenix, before leaving to form Kommander Industries. Webster’s custom engine-building talents are well known within the race community. He has built engines for everyone from Champion to Dustin Motzouris, Jeff Jacobs, Victor Sheldon, Joe Kenney, and Josh Lustic. He was also heavily involved with the Polaris Octane standup, and much of the UMI product line.

The new company is CW Eco Sport, and their proof-of-concept boat is dubbed the ES-1. I’m going to be sitting down for a conversation with these guys later this week and will get more details.

In the meantime, here’s a little teaser preview…


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Jeff Hemmel writes for boats.com, Boating, PersonalWatercraft.com, and Powersports Business. The former Senior Editor at Watercraft World, Jeff is a multi-time award winner as well as a 2008 inductee into the IJSBA Hall of Fame. His first book, "The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon...and 101 Other Things For Young Mariners To Try, Do, & Build On the Water," received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website.

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