Learn to Jetsurf in AustraliaDiscover how you can take your surfing to the next level with these motorized boards in Perth.
The high-performance motorized boards of Jetsurf take traditional surfing to a new level, transforming even calm waters into a surfer’s playground and delivering an experience that’s described by elite ocean athlete Kai Lenny as “a mixture of surfing and MotoGP.”
“Jetsurfing is a whole new kind of adrenaline rush, and you don’t need a big wave in order to feel it,” says Lenny, the 2013 stand-up paddle (SUP) world champion. “Flying across the water is similar to the feeling you get riding a giant wave. Once you drive into a turn, the G-forces leave you wanting more. It’s really addictive.”
The 12 hp Jetsurf board is capable of speeds up to 35 mph and has a range of up to 45 miles or 90 minutes on a full tank. Adjusting for speed is as easy as squeezing or releasing the throttle, which is a handgrip on the end of an electronic leash attached to the surfer’s wrist. It also acts as an emergency kill-cord to stop the engine as soon as the rider lets go.
While the engine takes much of the strain, it still takes a lot of physical effort to keep the board in check for extended periods, as most surfers aren’t used to riding a wave for more than a few minutes. “This wave lasts over an hour before you need to refuel,” says Martin Sula, the board’s inventor. “It demands a great deal of physical and mental strength.”
However, thanks to the fact that the board has a small engine and a featherweight carbon-fiber hull—the entire rig tips the scale at just 31 pounds—the Jetsurf board is easy to handle on the water and simple to transport.
“If you’re voyaging across larger bodies of water, a GPS or mobile phone is a good idea— just in case,” says Martin Sula.
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