Surf’s up, lights on! Inventor adds LEDs to paddle boards so enthusiasts can head out at night (but aren’t sharks attracted to light?!)



  • Billy Rossini got the idea after noticing underwater lights used by yachts
  • He spent two years perfecting the system building 200 prototypes
  • The clever design also includes a switch to trigger a SOS strobe

By Daniel Miller

PUBLISHED: 10:12 EST, 4 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:32 EST, 4 September 2013


Now that’s a bright idea! An inventor has fitted LED lights to the bottom of paddle boards allowing  water sports enthusiasts to venture out at night.

Bright spark inventor Billy Rossini got the idea for his NOCQUA 2000 after paddle boarding through a Florida marina at night and noticing the underwater lights used by yachts.

Mr Rossini, 42, then worked around the clock for two years trying to replicate the lighting system for his Kayak, racking up more than 200 prototypes in the process.

Lighted SUPs

Glow with the flow: Inventor Billy Rossini has created a new paddle board with LED lights attached to the underside allowing users to venture out at night

Mr Rossini said: ‘My friends were blown away by the pictures I started sharing from my testing sessions.

‘I was taking friends out in Key West, where we would paddle and catch lobsters at night since they are attracted to the light.

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