What if surfers could breathe underwater?

January 18, 2014 | Surfing
Triton: the scuba mask for big wave wipeouts

Taking a three-wave hold-down will not be a problem, as "Triton" will give you the ability to breathe underwater somewhere in the future.

The inventor of "Triton" calls it the oxygen respirator concept. South Koran designer Jeabyun Yeon believes that, in the near future, his prototype will change our marine lifestyle.

"'Triton' allows us to breathe underwater for a long time, by simply biting it. It also does not require the skill of breathing in and out like a conventional respirator", explains Yeon on his homepage.

"It extracts oxygen underwater through a filter in the form of fine threads with holes smaller than water molecules. This is a technology developed by a Korean scientist".

Triton: the mechanics of the oxygen respirator concept

"Using a very small but powerful micro compressor, it compresses oxygen and stores the extracted oxygen in storage tank. The micro compressor operates through micro battery, a next-generation technology 30 times smaller than current batteries", he adds.

"Triton" was inspired by James Bond's re-breather and in Star Wars gear. If the prototype gets into production, surfers will be transformed into human fishes. Wipeouts won't be a problem anymore.

However, experts say that the new scuba mask concept would need to filter 90 liters of water per minute, in order to supply oxygen at normal resting breathing rates.