As sports go, surfing is one that has always had the stigma of being both relatively safe and potentially deadly. Injuries aren’t very common, but the risk of getting knocked out and drowning is ever present. Billabong’s Hub Hubbard and pro surfer Shane Dorian took an idea born from a scary moment and turned it into a nice little piece of technology.
The Billabong V1 wetsuit has an inflatable air bladder that surfers (and potentially anyone who works in the ocean) can use to float to the edge in moments of desperation. The only thing it needs is something that automates it, as it requires manual pulling of the release tab. Still, it’s very cool tech.