Florida man rides Sea-Doo on highway
One Florida man made quite the splash Tuesday after he was spotted rolling down a Jacksonville street on a personal watercraft modified to run like a motorbike.
Video shared online shows the man, 23-year-old Trey Yarbrough, wearing a black helmet and red backpack while he takes his homemade hybrid — a fuse between a 1988 Sea-Doo and a 1989 Honda Elite motor scooter — on a spin on his way to the gym.
A welder and fabricator by trade, Yarbrough told the Miami Herald that the contraption took him a “few weeks” to build and that it is fitted with a brake light and turn signals that make it “100 percent legal.”
“I built it just for the fun of it just to be different and get smiles,” Yarbrough said via Facebook message. “A lot of people don’t like motorcycle riders so I give them a reason to smile at it.”
Beth Porter, who filmed the odd encounter, told News4Jax that she spotted Yarbrough around noon Tuesday on Normandy Boulevard, roughly 20 miles from the ocean.
After the station shared the video — it has racked up more than 72,000 views on Facebook alone — Yarbrough contacted News4Jax claiming responsibility for the escapade. Yarbrough told the station that the Department of Transportation had approved of the vehicle’s use on state roads.
“I’m just glad to be on the news for something positive if you [want to] call this positive,” he told the Herald.