What started it all.
Air Chair is FOR SALE
My name is Bob Woolley, this year I'll be 74, after 25 years as a fireman and 21 years in business it is time to call it a day. Air Chair is for sale. We'll sell all or part, price and terms are negotiable.
Complete manufacturing facility including molds, presses, machinery and substantial inventory and many current patents.
Call 928-505-8516 (Business for sale) ONLY
Updated: October 26, 2012
Back in 1981 I ran across a pair of water skis with a bazaar looking
contraption bolted to the bottom of them. After riding them and flying above the
water I was hooked. I immediately went home and made a pair of my own. In the
months to come I became disenchanted because I could not find anyone else that
could ride it, so improvements and the mod’s begin and went from 3’ tall to 5’
tall foil assembly, by wing blades to large single front blade and tried again,
still not much luck. Next try was to mount a foil assembly on a kneeboard
(example A), success anyone could ride it. I rode it so much I injured the
perinea nerve in my knee, it became necessary to sit with leg’s extended
straight forward to continue riding this isn’t the most comfortable position.
That is when it dawned on me to elevate the seat with forward bindings would be
great. Since the kneeboard is not long enough I started with a pair of home made
skis. (Example B). Next came the single strut, followed by the single ski.
(Example A through E) are just a few examples of the dozens of proto types made
over a nine-year period? (Example F) is the first productions ski sold January
1990. In 1999 the Stealth model was introduced with concave blades adjustable
performance and an aluminum seat. In 2004 we introduced the V-38 shaped strut
with more strength at the top next to the board.
Next in 2011 Air Chair, after 5 years of proto typing and testing we introduced the first carbon fiber mass centralized board with the weight being in the 6.5 pound range, the biggest factor in the weight is 2/3 of the total weight is in the rear ½ of the ski leaving only 1/3 of the weight in the front 2/3 of the ski. This new board has proved to be the biggest single improvement to the sport of hydrofoiling since it was introduced January 1990. Next to explain the importance of mass centralizing of the board weight. Imagine bending down and picking up 5 lbs right next to your feet and lifting it straight up, not to difficult. Now imagine picking up that same 5 lbs with the weight on the end of a 52” bar and your hand on the other end that is the result of cantilevered weight.
Cantilevered weight is the same thing your foil assembly has to overcome before you received any performance, on a regular ski blank, now imagine moving 2/3 the weight of your board back to the seat area. The enhanced performance is just beyond belief you have to ride one to thoughtly understand exactly what mass centralizing has done to this sport.