These electric surfboards boast watertight 5 kW jet propulsion units that allow them to reach speeds of 35-40 km/h (21-24 mph).
Every now and then, I run across something that makes me exclaim "Cool Beans" or "Ooh, Shiny!" On rare occasions, when that something is rather special, it may receive both appellations.
Such was the case when I was introduced to the electric surfboards from Onean. To be honest, thus far I've never actually set foot on a surfboard myself, but it looked easy enough when I saw Elvis Presley doing it in Blue Hawaii. As you'll see in this video, these little rascals boast sufficient "Ooh Shiny!" potential to make me want to immediately dispatch the butler to fetch my swankiest swimming shorts and prepare the Maxmobile for an excursion to the nearest body of water.
These boards boast watertight 5 kW jet propulsion units that allow them to reach speeds of 35-40 km/h (21-24 mph). They are controlled using a wireless remote system that incorporates a pressure sensor to control the speed of the board.
The jet propulsion unit itself is a joy to behold. The torque from the custom-designed double stator brushless motor is transmitted to the main shaft my means of a magnetic coupling, thereby guaranteeing that the electric motor and electronics subsystems remain watertight, while also eliminating the wear-and-tear associated with traditional mechanical coupling mechanisms.
I keep on returning to the above video. This truly is a surfboard for the 21st century. I can imagine everyone's heads turning as I proudly zip past on one of these little beauties. What about you? Could you be tempted to take one for a spin?
@jnissen: ...Oh great, now a new water pest to interfere with a lazy day of sailing!...
When I still lived in England, I once went on a week's holiday with a group of friernds -- this was probably circa 1984-ish -- we rented a barge and spend the week meandering aroudn the canals surrounding Manchester -- it was great -- so restful -- if anyone on the canal went more than 2 miles-per-hour, everyone would should "slow down you daft bugger!"
The barge had a kitchen area, a toilet and shower, and cot beds -- in the evwenings we would tie up next to a pub (bar) where we would have supper and a few pints of beer -- I'd recommend that holiday to anyone.
Oh great, now a new water pest to interfere with a lazy day of sailing! Bad enough the JetSki's and such love to swarm around slower moving craft now we have another "nuisance". Yeah I could probably double as that "Hey kid – get off my lawn" guy!
@perl_geek: Where's the link to the technical explanation and pictures of all that cool machinery?...
They shared some info with me -- including photos and exploted views of the engine and controller -- but I'm not sure if I can pass that info on. Better that I ask them to post their own comments/links here.
But I have to agree with Elizabeth about the price, which is equally breathtaking.
You'ld also want a reliable charge-remaining indicator. Both boards have the range to strand the rider somewhere embarrassing, possibly dangerous, and, if the rescue services charge a realistic fee, costly. Possibly the degree of skill required to stay on would prevent too many drunken yahoos from doing that, though the jet-ski example's not encouraging. (The authorities will try to thwart desirable evolutionary pressures by stopping them.)
Where is the description of the technology? The web site is all action images.