Kymera is a line of electric jet body boards invented by Jason Woods. It took him ten years from inception to prototype. He spent more than $40,000 of his own money to finally produce a lightweight (35 pounds) Jet Powered Body Board that can reach 25 miles per hour. The selling points are that a Kymera is easily transported – it’s a 6’0” long board that 2’0” wide. And it can be carried to water by one person. There’s no need for a ramp. Woods’ hard work paid off when his product won the Popular Science 2011 Invention of the Year title. Problem is, he hasn’t sold one.
Woods’ plan to pitch Kymera on Shark Tank without having sold one of the $3000 body boards and giving the company a $1 million valuation to boot backfired. Investor Daymond John called Woods’ pitch “the worst [he’s] ever seen.” Woods didn’t get a deal but that hasn’t kept Woods from working on a lite version (top speed 10mph) and a sport version (top speed 20mph). Kymera is currently accepting pre-orders on the website.