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Sport: Water: Surfing
steam powered surf board.   (0)  [vote for, against]
small steam engine at the back of the board

wait poised and ready, watch for a big wave, shovel on some coal, take on water.

woohooo! it just gives a little lift to your ride, no wipe-out!

n.b. some people prefer to ride facing the engine, this can be arranged at a price
-- po, Jul 23 2003

Like this, only bigger... and different? http://www.recroom-...mcds/steamboat.html
[Worldgineer, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Crude attempt at illustration
[silverstormer, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

No 8 rock - never knew another town with so many kinds of seaside rock - No 8 is so yummmy http://www.gwynedd..../index.english.html
my aunt pronounced the maes - as the mice. I thought that was how you spelt it. [po, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

[gridkid]'s link http://www.ondeckwa...m/surfjet/index.htm
[po, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

and another...
[po, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Pure [po] genius! (+) Coal-a-bunga dude!
-- silverstormer, Jul 23 2003

Also, steam locomotive nomenclature lends itself well to surf-manoeuvre nomenclature:
"Dude, I just pulled off a totally rad Stephenson's Rocket out of that tube!"
"I saw, Dude - just before I wiped out in the middle of my Flying Scotsman."
-- friendlyfire, Jul 23 2003

Where's [Bristolz] when you need her? (link)
-- silverstormer, Jul 23 2003

It was my great-grandfather who was on the trains.
-- Shz, Jul 24 2003

Pretty much anything steam-powered gets my +.
[Shz]: Mine too, and my grandfather.
-- angel, Jul 24 2003

grandad was station master at Pwllheli <shows off>
-- po, Jul 24 2003

silly (in a good way) the shovel doubles as an oar for when you get swept out by a monstrous rip.
-- Trodden, Jul 24 2003

I want one to go with my steam powered soapbox. +
-- saker, Jul 24 2003

[po] that would only be showing off if you could prove you could pronounce Pwllheli correctly. Or Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch for that matter.
//aside// My dad's side of the family are welsh too //aside
-- goff, Jul 24 2003

puth - eli is how I was brought up to say it.

I could say the llanfairpg one before I was 5 but I cannot vouch for my spelling or the string of little meanings (the big pond by the white church in the red pigeon loft etc...)

pwllheli no 8 rock - mmmm
-- po, Jul 24 2003

You don't pronounce Welsh, you vomit it.
-- angel, Jul 24 2003

I used to live on the Welsh/English border, it really bugged me when people from England asked me for directions to lul-lay <cringe> It's Llay!! I'm not Welsh but I really like the silly language.
-- silverstormer, Jul 24 2003

its akin to cornish, isn't it, angel?

the place where they surf - to drag you all back on topic:
-- po, Jul 24 2003

Topic, smopic.
-- silverstormer, Jul 24 2003

The language is related to Cornish. They are two of the Q-Goidelic languages (the other is Breton); the P-Goidelic languages are Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic and Manx. These six (plus Galician, if you believe certain sources, which I do) are all derived from the "original" Celtic.
Don't misunderstand, I like the Welsh language, but you must admit, it's a bugger to get your face around. At least Cornish has no bizarre (ie, non-English) phonemes (apart from a slight guttural GH sound).
-- angel, Jul 24 2003

As I see it, one of the main advantages of surfboards over, say jetskis or sppedboats, is that using them produces no pollution. As this idea removes this advantage, I'm afraid I can only give you a fishbone, floating in an oily slick.
-- squeak, Jul 24 2003

fair point.
-- po, Jul 24 2003

As a surfer I agree with the pollution issue, but have a look at the SurfJet ( There appear to be several powered boards that have been developed over the years
-- gridkid, Jul 30 2003

link added for [gridkid] - make that 2, hey I am supposed to be on holiday.
-- po, Jul 31 2003

random, halfbakery