Shane Dorian working on an inflatable wetsuit


After a brush with death and nearly drowning two years ago, big wave surfer Shane Dorian began working on a wetsuit that could be instantly inflated, bringing the user back to the surface. Still only a prototype, it works by pulling a cord so that a CO2 cartridge will fill the bubble, with only drawbacks being that the wearer might be unconscious or too weak to pull the cord, and that the location of the bubble might leave the wearer face down. Hmm, I think maybe some kind of hydrostatic release mechanism like in this Danish oilskin ? Via

Billabong V1 Wetsuit from Billabong USA on Vimeo.


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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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