It’s Not Just Like Riding A Bike

There’s no pedaling required when you’re riding a water bike
BY: LACEY STORER

When you’ve been coming to Cabo for awhile, you start think that you’ve seen and done it all. You’ve tried all the activities and watersports and need something new to excite you. Well, we found that something: bike riding in the ocean.

No, we’re not crazy. Water bikes are a real thing, and they’re one of the more unusual activities available from Sea Cabo Activities. The water bike looks like a regular bike (minus the wheels) but there’s no pedaling involved. And once you have the hang of steering, you’re encouraged stand up rather than sit on the seat, so it’s more like you’re riding a Segway over the water.

jtski.JPGThe bike is controlled by the handles; you straighten or bend your arms to go forwards or backwards. If you want to turn, you do it with your body. The controls are very sensitive, so it only takes just a little bit of pressure to move. It’s the same with turning; all you need to do is lean slightly.

The bike is propelled by water. The water is pumped to the bike through a large hose that’s attached to a jet ski. The Sea Cabo instructors control the water pressure with the jet ski’s throttle. They’re able to gauge how comfortable people feel on the bikes, and can adjust the pressure (and how high you can go) accordingly. The more confident you are controlling the bike, the higher they’ll let you go. The bikes can go up to 15 feet in the air, although the instructors recommend that you only go up to 10 feet.

After a quick in-water steering lesson, you’re off to ride on your own. At first, getting used to controlling the bikes with just a slight amount of pressure is tricky. On my first solo ride, I pulled my arms towards me more than I should have and end up falling backwards off the bike into the water. Thankfully, it only took once for me to learn my lesson, and before too long I could steer the bike without issue and was able to enjoy the ride, and the view of Medano Beach.

Carlos Noriega, the director of Sea Cabo, says most people are surprised by how quickly they get the hang of it; it looks harder than it really is. The fly bike, he says, is easy because everyone has ridden a bike before.

The water bike is just one aquatic option Sea Cabo offers. There’s also the jet blade, which is kind of a like a small skateboard with boots attached to it, and the jetpack, which looks like something out of a James Bond movie.

If you have good balance and stability, you probably won’t have any trouble with the jet blade, which you control with your feet. A slight tilt of the foot pushes you forward, and rocking back with your heels moves you the other way. The trick with the jet blade, Noriega says, is to stand up straight.

David Khanjyan, who was visiting Cabo from Los Angeles with his family, tried out the jet blade on his recent vacation. He said it was hard because every little movement with your feet takes you in a different direction. “It’s difficult, it’s a challenge,” he says. “But it’s rewarding when you finally get it.”

One difference between the water bikes and the jet blades are how high you go can. The jet blades can go more than twice as high than the bikes, with riders being able to get up to 25 feet in the air.

The jet pack works for just about anyone, because it takes less coordination than the other two options. And, if you’re just not able to successfully navigate the bike or the boards, the jet pack can turn into a two-person ride, with an instructor and rider strapped in together and the instructor controlling the pack. That way you can get the experience without having the pressure of steering and worrying if you’re going to crash into the water.

While there are a couple other companies that offer jet blades (or a similar version) Sea Cabo is the only one that has the jet packs and water bikes. The water bikes, jet blades and jet packs all cost $159 USD for one person for 30 minutes, or $238 for two people. For more information, or to book an activity, visit the Sea Cabo website at www.seacaboactivities.com.