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Wheelman Skateboard

If you're looking for something more exciting than a regular old skateboard, look no further than Wheelman. Boasting a center-mounted engine supported by spokeless wheels, it's powered by a two-stroke 50cc engine that enables riders to hit 25mph, with a 30-mile range. Riders can easily accelerate or decelerate by squeezing of a handle-like controller. Tricks are possible, but may take lots of practice. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of a completely modular building in Japan.

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Gibbs Quadski XL

First, there was the Quadski, now check out the Quadski XL, which comfortably lets two people hit the trails and water. It's equipped with a more powerful 140 horsepower 1300cc BMW 4-stroke in-line 4 cylinder motor to handle the extra weight. The vehicle has a top speed of 45mph on both land and water, while 4-wheel-disc brakes help the RWD vehicle stop on a dime. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including the full, unreleased 1994 Fantastic Four movie.

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UH-19XRW Hoverwing Flying Hovercraft

Here's another look at the UH-19XRW Hoverwing, a hovercraft that not only glides over land and water, but also soars in the air up to 70mph, thanks to integrated wings. A 130hp turbocharged twin-cylinder engine drives its 60" wood/carbon composite thrust propeller, while a 1,100-rpm 34" lift fan inflates its durable vinyl-coated nylon skirt for hovering above the ground. A joystick controls three vertical rudders and the elevator. Braking is provided by lowering the lift fan's RPMs; comes to rest on Kevlar composite landing skids. Its low center of gravity and composite fiberglass/PVC hull enable it to operate in winds up to 25 mph and waves up to 6' when in flight. Most importantly, it has two nine-gallon gasoline tanks that provide a 160-mile range. Continue reading for a video of the company's 18SPW Hoverwing model.

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Powerski Jetboard

Summer is still around for a little while longer (for some of us), and there's no better time than now to start shredding waves on a Powerski Jetboard. Like the name suggests, this gadget combines a surfboard and jet ski into one, powered by a 35-horsepower 330cc STXT patented engine, good for a top speed of 40mph. Other features include: a performance reinforced drivetrain, watertight heavy duty electrical connectors and anti-vibration rubber suspended exhaust. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one explaining "Why CG Sucks, Except It Doesn't?"

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Eisbach River Surfing

Surfing and narrow rivers aren't just usually found in the same sentence, that is unless...you're talking about the Eisbach in Munich, Germany. This famous river wave phenomenon is caused by water that comes gushing in from under the bridge into a 39-foot-wide channel, which is then caromed off right-angled concrete walls. Man-made concrete bollards and a system of ropes, along with pulleys as well as stopper planks, forces the water to crest, yielding the best waves you'll ever find in the middle of a busy city street. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Jet-Propelled Kayak

When in water, you could swim, paddle a normal boat, or ride in Mokai's jet-powered kayak. Powered by a 4-stroke Subaru EX21 electric start engine paired with Mokai's proprietary jet drive, this polyethylene kayak can not only manage shallow waters, but potential hazards as well, and without any issue. This means accessing fishing, hunting, and remote camping sites that were previously inaccessible. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Mattracks Powerboard

While it may still be summer for many, it's never too early to pick up a few winter gadgets, especially the Mattracks Powerboard. This gas-powered vehicle combines the thrill of riding a jet ski with the freedom of a snowboard, enabling you to surf effortlessly over the fresh powder or on packed snow. Its patented rubber track uses 1 3/4" snow lugs and flexes as you lean in the direction you wish to go for graceful turns or aggressive slalom-like carvings. Power comes from a 6.5-horsepower four-cycle gasoline engine that starts with a pull, and has a maximum speed of 18 mph, operating up to two hours on only 3/4-gallon of gasoline. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Kawasaki Ultra 310

Unlike other jet skis, the Kawasaki Ultra 310-series comes equipped with a supercharged, 4-stroke 1,498cc engine that produces 310-horsepower, and utilizes an air-to-water intercooler. At 1,047 pounds, the craft is good for hours of fun, thanks to its 21-gallon fuel tank. For those who'd like some entertainment while riding, Kawasaki's new JETSOUND audio system is an option that lets you listen to music from an iPhone or iPod through a pair of 30-watt speakers - all of which is controlled right from the handlebar pad. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Rampant Surfboard 3D-Printed Fin

At first glance, this looks like any other surfboard, but Roy Stuart's Rampant is entirely handmade, complete with a 3D-printed warp drive fin. Unfortunately, this one-of-a-kind piece will set you back a cool $1.3-million. Before you ask, yes, it has already been sold. The board is shaped from paulownia wood with a 3D-printed polycarbonate fin and a kahikatea tunnel for extra lift, and to top things off, it's detailed with a lion in 23-carat gold leaf. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Size Matters 2 Drifting Truck

Drifting and trucks usually aren't mentioned in the same sentence, that is unless...you're talking about Mike Ryan's 2,500-horsepower Banks Super-Turbo Castrol Freightliner. With stunts and cinematography that are on par with Ken Block's world famous Gymkhana series, Size Matters 2 breaks out the heavy equipment for a drift-filled clip you won't soon forget. Who knows? Size Matters 3 just might be right around the corner. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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