E-Surfer Mag

Petrol powered or electric surfboard?

What are your thoughts about petrol powered surfboards versus electric ones?

Which would you choose and why?

Thanks in advance!
J

Hi J,

My view is following:

1. petrol powered surfboards

Pros:

  • in the market since a decade and therefore robust
  • light weight, but very powerful
  • agressive manœuvres
  • easy to extend the range (just fill up the fuel)

Cons:

  • loud and not good for the environment (emissions, oil, etc.)
  • difficult to ride for beginners

2. electric surfboards

Pros:

  • emissionfree and not so loud compared to petrol powered boards
  • lots of choices will be available soon: From SUP, different boards to Hydrofoils

Cons:

  • still very expensive (mainly because of batteries), but will become better over time
  • range is still a problem (second battery is expensive)
  • very heavy (again due to the batterie)

My guess is that the petrol powered boards will be still around for a few years, but will ultimately be replaced by electric boards.

I personally use already an electric surfboard, but enjoy to rent sometimes a petrol powered jetboard.

Cheers
A.

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Hi,

I have been doing research and development for enhancing the efficiency of propellers for many years. Nowadays I know everything about propeller hydrodynamics, I can design a propeller for each craft and for each drive.

But for e-surfers, unfortunately, you can not get a highly efficient propeller because it is not produced anywhere.

And that’s actually the only obstacle to more e-surfing.