Jetsurfing

Learn to Jetsurf in Australia

Discover 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.”

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Jetsurfing

Kai Lenny comes to grips with Jetsurfing. 

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.

“JETSURFING IS A NEW KIND OF ADRENALINE RUSH, AND YOU DON’T NEED A BIG WAVE TO FEEL IT.”
Kai Lenny
Jetsurfing

On the crest of a wave with 12hp underfoot.

© Tom Servais

THE INSIDER

“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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