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Starter

Recommended for first time users wanting to experience the Jet Board or Jet Surf Board
£150
  • Basic Onshore Training – 30 minutes
  • Safety Briefing
  • Safety Equipment hire
  • In Water Training – 30 minutes
  • Board Hire
  • Personal Instructor
  • Rescue Jet ski or Zap cat
  • Constant training and guidance
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Advanced

Recommended if you want to purchase the Jet Board or Jet Surf Board
£250
  • Intensive Onshore Training – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Safety Briefing
  • Safety Equipment hire
  • Intensive Preparation
  • Mechanical and Maintenance Training
  • In Water Training – 30 minutes
  • Board Hire
  • Personal Instructor
  • Rescue Jet ski or Zap cat
  • Constant training and guidance
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Our World Class Suppliers

Jetsurf - Czech Republic
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Jetsurf

Founded by Martin Sula in 2008. Manufactured in Czech Republic.

Overview

Jetsurf are leaders and pioneers in the race industry and completely dominate the market as far as high performance race boards are concerned. Their petrol driven 86-100cc two stroke engines range in speeds from 55 km/h (34 mph) to 57 km/h (35 mph).

Company Background

Martin Sula, as well as being a great designer, is still one of the top team riders today and was determined to push the boundaries of water sports and create a new way to ride.
Martin Sula, Tadej Sterk and Zbynek Bures combined their expertise in combustion engines, hydromechanics, composite materials, and electrical engineering to bring this idea to fruition with the realisation of the Jetsurf power board. Together they have surpassed what they set out to achieve and have produced the most popular and widely sold jet boards.

Manufacture

Jetsurf’s high quality parts and components are manufactured by the Czech company, MSR Engines, who specialise in the development of combustion engines and special electronics. Some of MSR Engines’ other clients include: BMW, Skoda, KTM and Honeywell. The jet boards are then produced in the Czech Republic utilizing the best materials available in the. Jetsurf’s in-house production allows them to guarantee maximum precision and efficient service for their customers.

Environmental Impact

Jetsurf jet boards have been developed with extreme care to minimize environmental impact. Using the most advanced technology, engineers have reduced the weight of the Jetsurf jet board to just 14 kg, or 30lbs. Jetsurf jet boards also comply with the standards for both noise and engine emissions. The complete drive unit is certified and approved by the European Commission and has the European Union CE mark.

Ease of Travel

Jetsurf boards are the only jet boards that can be transported via car, boat and as personal luggage on plane, even though the boards are quite heavy. This allows Jetsurf board owners to travel around the world with ease.

Lampuga - Germany

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Lampuga

Founded by Benjamin Khonsen. Manufactured in Germany.

Overview

Lampuga dominate the market for both rescue boards and fun, versatile boards for the average rider. Lampuga’s main concept is based on a board which is inflatable, practical, safe and user friendly, and which has a power that can fit into various inflatable hulls.

Company Background

Benjamin Khonsen is the founder of Sashay GmbH which produces the Lampuga brand. The company’s focus is on the mass market, with three different boards on offer – the Lampuga Rescue, The Air and The Boost.

The Boards

The Lampuga Rescue board is aimed a life guards and for rescue purposes. The 15 horse power battery powers an electric engine that reaches speeds of 47 km/h (29 mph). The battery takes about 60 minutes to recharge and will last up to 40 minutes in the water depending on how it is ridden. The Lampuga Rescue weighs 32 kg (71 lb.)

The Air is designed for fun and meets the needs of most people. It’s inflatable (70% air filled), light (32 kg / 66 lb) and very easy to use. The Air is powered by a 15 horse power battery and can reach speeds of 47 km/h (29 mph). The battery takes 60 minutes to charge and lasts about 40 minutes in the water depending on how it is ridden. The Air introduces an interesting revolutionary concept: it has a power box containing the battery, motor and fin at the back, and this fits into four completely different hulls called the Buddy, Air, Air Plus and the Shuttle.

The Boost is the complete opposite to all the inflatable boards. It’s high end, smooth and streamline, with a 15 horsepower battery powered engine reaching speeds of up to 54 km/h (34 mph). The battery, like all Lampuga batteries, takes 60 minutes to charge and lasts about 40 minutes. The Boost weighs 37kg (81 lb).

Radinn - Sweden

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Radinn

Founded by Philip Werner in 2012. Manufactured in Sweden.

Overview

Radinn – short for radical innovation – has a vision to provide extreme sport enthusiasts with the most radical of products, whilst still limiting environmental impact. The Raddin’s Wakejet Cruise is perfect for the beginner, as well as the pro, and this board seems to know no limits. Radinn claims that the Wakejet was the world’s first electric wakeboard.

The Board

The Wakejet Cruise has a super stealth-like body of carbonfibre /kevlar and although it can reach speeds of up to 37-46 km/h (23-29mph), it’s silent with close to zero sound. The battery takes 2 hours to charge and will last for about 20-45 minutes depending on how its ridden. The board weighs 29kgs (64 lbs) and when stationary, the board is buoyant for riders weighing up to 130 kg (285 lbs). This enables most riders to start from a complete stand-still. The board is also completely water-proof, so even if submerged it will continue to run as usual. In addition, the removable bindings allow the rider to stand, sit or lie down.

Unique Features

…are numerous. For example the speed controls are wireless enabling the rider to control the speed remotely. By logging on to the Radinn app, the rider can change the acceleration and max speed to suit their own skills and preferences. It also has a brushless electric motor that increases the sensation of acceleration and speed.
The system monitors itself and for example will recognize if something is ou tof the ordinary – such as abnormal motor temperature or amperage peaks– e.g. as a result of a foreign object entering the jet – in which case it will automatically shut off in order to prevent further damage.

The Wakejet Cruise is marketed as tomorrow’s technology, today. With that we cannot argue.

Onean - Spain

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Onean

Registered by the company Aquila. Manufactured in Spain.

Overview

Onean validated its electric powered board concept during 2014 and their two first models are available for pre-order. Based in the Basque Country, they are perfectly located in an area with a broad industrial experience, by the sea and with a huge surfing culture. Onean have brought together a team of specialised and multi skilled members to face the project challenges.

The Boards

The Carver is an all round fun board and easy to use. It is designed for those wanting to relax and enjoy long excursions at low speed. The board weighs 12kg, is 245cm long, 75cm wide and with a volume of 170L and power of 4400w.

The Manta board is very stable and with great buoyancy, and also designed for those wanting a laid back excursion at low speed – it’s maximum speed is 7km/h. The board is 230cm long and 98cm wide, with a volume of 200L and weighs 16kg without the battery.

The Blade – this is “coming soon” so we will have to wait to find out more.

Board Construction

All Onean boards have a sandwich construction and CNC shaped EPS core. The water jet unit is a brushless electric motor with a high efficiency axial water pump designed by Aquila Boards. It has an electric drive using first electric components designed by Bizintek for Aquila Boards.

Waterwolf - Germany

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Waterwolf

Director Markus Shilcher. Manufactured in Germany

Markus is a German engineer and wanted to surf even when there was no
waves.

Behold the Waterwolf, a self-powered surfboard that features a built in electric motor and lithium batteries. The board is about 9
feet long and weighs 50 lbs, and its 5 kWh motor can push it along at speeds up to 30 mph. The Waterwolf is available to buy right now and they use the Cobra factory in Thailand to build the board. The Waterwolf is a board without footstraps to keep the spirit of surfing. Waterwolf offer two models and they are the MPX3 Standard edition and then the MPX3 Limited edition.

The Waterwolf-MPX-3 is the new developed electric powered high-tech surfboard. It combines modern technology with the fascination and simplicity of surfing. With the MPX-3 it’s possible to surf soundless and environment-friendly on lakes and rivers without wind and waves. The Waterwolf MPX-3 is perfect to practice the take-off and to make radical manoeuvres and it gives you the feeling of “snowboarding” on flat water.

The Waterwolfs’ offer the following features.

  • Newly developed and twice cooled propeller-propulsion-system, optimized for optimal
    thrust thereby tight turning manoeuvres possible without stall!.
  • High current resistant lithium-ion battery with battery management (BMS)
    and security system (BSS).
  • Digital start button and/ or Bluetooth Remote Leash with kill-switch.
  • LCD-display with battery voltage percentage terms.
  • Exchangeable battery system with magnetic charging socket





You Have Questions ? We've Got Answers !

You Have Questions? We've Got Answers!

Who are we ?
Jet Board Limited are a British company that specialises in all Jet Board and Jet Surf related matters,

We offer a full ‘one stop shop’ service including advice, hire, lessons and sales from our base in Brighton, East Sussex.

We also provide instructor and resort packages, so please get in touch if this is for you!

How Do Our Lessons Work ?
We provide lessons under the guidance of a qualified, trained and competent Jet Board Limited Instructor.

Most people coming for lessons are interested in purchasing a jet boards or jet surf boards but want to try them out first. Others just come to experience the thrill of riding the board.

We have basic times and packages but they can be customised to suit your needs.

How Long Do the Lessons Last ?
Our standard lessons include thirty minutes in the water. We find that the average beginner doesn’t have the fitness levels to last longer than this water without resting or taking time out. In fact on the very first session some people find they need to go on their stomachs or knees.

Should your board breakdown eg. due to flooding, your time on the clock will stop whilst we service the board.

How Can I Try Out a Board?
If you would like to try a jet board or jet surf board out and live in the UK then simply contact us. We offer board hire, lessons, and training in Brighton on any board that is worth trying or buying. Whilst the training may seem quite expensive, we can assure you it’s a lot cheaper than buying the wrong board or even worse a dud board. Many people who take lessons with us go on to purchase a different board to the one they thought they wanted.

In addition we have satellite divisions that travel, tour and attend shows and festivals across the country so contact us for more information.

If you’re in another country we can recommend dependable, reliable contacts that we vouch for and highly recommend.

What About Safety ?
Before you venture into the water, you will be given an induction and safety briefing, and be provided with all necessary safety equipment. You will then be taught the basic functions on land.

Your Jet Board Instructor will be with you at all times and will communicate, train and instruct you constantly. Your instructor will normally take you out on a jet ski, in a zap cat or small safety boat to a safe area with open water. Here you can try out the jet board or jet surf board under strict instructions. The instructor will follow you at a safe distance and advise you on how to improve.

What Brands Do You Deal With?
We have established a great relationship with the major players in Europe and the USA. At this time, no jet boards or jet surf boards are manufactured in the United Kingdom. We also keep updated with any new potential brands that may be coming out.

Are There Brands You Don't Work With?
Unfortunately there are certain brands we don’t deal with purely because we don’t believe in the product or the supplier. These will become transparent while using this site. For example there are a lot of wannabe jet board and jet surf designers that appear quite big and established to the untrained eye but don’t be fooled into purchasing what looks like a dream machine but actually is nothing but a nightmare. There are also loads of prototypes that never really make it in the industry but do unfortunately make it far enough to be bought by you.

What Do You Advise Before Making a Purchase?
At Jet Board Limited “Try before you buy” is our golden rule. We’ve seen too many people learn the hard way by buying the wrong board. We’ve also seen people buy new boards that never actually work!

Can You Recommend A Board For Me?
Without a doubt. We offer free advice, recommendations and unbiased reviews on all models and makes of jet boards and jet surf boards. If you tell us your needs and budget, we will recommend the board that is best suited to you. We’re not tied in to any one brand or supplier and you can be sure we’ll give you the honest truth and impartial advice.

Are Jet Boards and Jet Surf Boards Really That Different?
Yes – there are so many different boards that appear similar but differ in major ways, noticeably in maintenance needs, usability, reliability and price. As a first time buyer it can be near impossible to fully understand the different options and make the best informed choice.

Do Jet Boards and Jet Surf Boards Require A Lot of Maintenance?
Yes! Don’t be fooled by manufacturers which claim otherwise. They certainly are not a case of start up, jump on, ride and back away until next time. As an owner of a jet board or jet surf board you need to be dedicated: before riding you need to prepare your board; during riding things can and do go wrong, so you’ll need to stop and repair the board; after riding you need to clean, flush and service the board.

How Can I Purchase A Board?
If you live in the UK and purchase from abroad you can have endless hassles with guarantees and may have to send your board to a foreign country for maintenance – leaving your board-free for far too long! Jet Board Limited offers you the advantage of being able to purchase locally in the UK. We provide a personalised service, peace of mind and the satisfaction of knowing what you are purchasing and who you are purchasing from.
If you live outside the UK, just contact us and we’ll recommend one of our reputable hire and sales companies from our worldwide network of contacts.
I Can't Afford To Purchase A Board - What Now?
Even if you can’t afford to buy your own board, you can still get the chance to experience the ride of a lifetime by hiring a board and having a lesson with one of our personal instructors. Lessons are fixed prices but we can offer tailor made packages at your request. Jet Board limited are able to provide boards and instructors at private and public events so please contact us for prices for your event or function.
Can I Just Hire a Board ?
Jet Board Limited will only allow hire of the jet boards and jet surf boards if the instructor feels you are competent and capable.

 

 

 

Many people find the first session quite difficult, challenging and tiring although that of course depends on your skill, fitness level and board chosen.

Your Instructor will help you choose the right board based on his assessment of you and your skills together with the information you provide.

At the end of the day the board choice is yours and we only offer guidance and recommendations. Your board will then be prepared for you unless you have requested more intensive training which would include preparation, break downs and maintenance.

Where Did It Begin ?

Did You Know the First Jet Board was launched in 1935!

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Did You Know the First Jet Board was launched in 1935!

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A Brief History of
The Motorised Surfboard

A Brief History of
The Motorised Surfboard

The First Documented Jet Boards appear circa 1935.

A motorized surfboard, which was apparently also known as a surf scooter, was featured in an Australian newspaper in 1935:

“Life Guard Speeds to Drowning Swimmer on Motorized Surfboard SURFBOARD riders won’t have to depend on outboard motors or speed boats to pull them over the water in the future. Below is shown a motorized surfboard scooter recently invented in Australia. The small motor in the rear furnishes the power and also sets the board at the proper angle in the water. A good machine for life guards.”

The photo accompanying the article appears to have had some 1930’s artistic photoshop work done to it, but the other photos from Bondi beach are not touched up.

In summary, this jet board was both uncomfortable and impractical and unlikely to have made it past various prototypes.

But hats off to the pioneering visionaries who created the first motorised surfboard!

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Emil Hansen from Bryn Mawr developed a self-propelled surfboard that also became known as Skimboating – an apt name because it was more like a small boat.

It was driven by a seven horse power outboard engine at the front and housed in a watertight aluminium hull. It was 90 inches long, 24 inches wide and weighed 120 pounds making it a heft bit of equipment, although it came apart in 3 sections to make it easier to transport. Top speed was about 30 mph and it could be steered with a rudder and by shifting your body.

It had a novel feature – a safety switch that worked in conjunction with the tiller ropes. As soon as the steering rope was dropped, a magnetic switch automatically stopped the motor.

The photos show the Self-Propelled Surfboard featured in a later magazine in 1950 but we found an article featuring this invention in the Daily Telegraph, Sydney in 1938. The photos show people sitting even though the intention was for people to stand on the board, We suspect that took some practice and the magazine models were probably more comfortable sitting down!

Self-Propelled Surfboards were not welcome at public beaches because

  • They were as big as a small boat
  • Heavy and cumbersome design, necessitating it be split into 3 sections to transport it
  • On the dangerous side and unpopular with non-surfing beach goers

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Circa 1948, Hollywood inventor Joe Gilpin invented his motorised surfboard and although it was 13 years after the original Australian design this board definitely looked more promising and would have been expected to take off but other than a photo of Joe crossing a river or lake on his motorised surfboard while wearing a suit and hat the motorised surfboard seems to be referred to as a failed invention.

We believe Joe actually had something here but a Hollywood star in a suit crossing a river was no way to market the board.

This board in the right hands of the right person on the right day with the right wave could really have taken off. Had Joe been a Californian surfer we may have seen the beginning of the jet motorised surfboard era in 1948.

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Circa 1960…now we are getting somewhere.

The legendary surfboard pioneer Hobart “Hobie” Alter had the great idea of fitting an outboard motor to one of his surfboards.

Quite possibly not the safest of the motorised surfboards but most definitely the fastest and most practical of inventions. You can clearly see by the photo below and the wake of water behind Hobie that he was able to reach some high speeds and the motorised surfboard did turn.

Whether it turned easily or on command is unknown but it sure did look like fun for the brave surfer who didn’t mind losing a limb for a good thrill and adrenaline rush!

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The Real Motorised Surfboard conceived by Alfred Bloomingdale circa 1965

Alfred Bloomingdale, heir to the Bloomingdale Department Store fortune, liked to surf but didn’t like to paddle! He is credited with conceiving the first real motorised surfboard, but with no shortage of money, we believe he financed the creation of the jet board rather than being the actual inventor.

With Alfred’s financial backing the jet boards went into production – although only 200 were made. They were manufactured and engineered by the best and no expense was spared. The hulls of the boards were made by an aeronautical company and cost $1700 back in 1965. Thus your average surfer couldn’t afford one and they were only available to an exclusively wealthy breed of thrill seeker.

The speed was controlled by the dial which had a magnetic lead – if the surfer took spill, the lead would detach and kill the engine. The magnetic lead and kill switch concept is still used today on the latest jet boards, as are many of the other concepts that originated back in 1965.

• The first jet board that moved past prototype or one-off invention
• This board formed the basis for future jet board development
• Many design concepts are still in use on today’s jet boards
• Some of these jet boards can still be found in museums and private collections

 


Car-customiser George Barris also built his Powered Motorised Surfboard circa 1965

George Barris was the guy who designed and built the original Batmobile and KITT amongst other things. He built his powered motorised surfboard to go along with the amusingly named Surf Woody customised car.

George’s motorised surfboard looked great but really wasn’t practical. We believe George wanted to show off his design and build skills, but his motorised surfboard was little more than a prop to market, advertise and bring more attention to the Surf Woody.

• A great looking but impractical motorised surfboard created by George Barris
• Created primarily to bring more attention to his Surf Woody customised car

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Circa 1982. Motorized surf board that cost $2,000  to manufacture, 10’6′ tall, weighed fifty-pound and was propelled by two expensive nicad batteries.

63 year old Neil Townsend, the creator of Aqua Jet honeycomb surfboards, developed the board for his personal use, because of a permanent heart condition which would have otherwise entirely ended his surfing career. Neil rode the board in surf up to ten feet in California and Hawaii.

Powered by a propeller, the board was activateded when the rider laid on the control pad, and stoped when he stood up. The board moved forward as fast as a strong paddler could paddle an equivalent-sized board.

At the time the impact of this design was of little consequence to surfing, but as Neil pointed out; the power cells being developed were lighter, more powerful and cheaper than the ones he was using. Neil pointed out that in ten years his extensive research may payoff for somebody. Circa 1992 many more prototypes were poping up on beaches and laying around in workshops and we are sure that Neils original ideas were the basis for a lot of these jet boards.

In an interview with Surfer magazine in 1982  Neil said “And who’s to say -one day we may see powered boards at Sunset or Waimea Bay flying through impossible sections on those big, unsurfable offshore days.” How right Neil was and that day is finally here.


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