Who is the leader in Electric Jetboards?  The people demand answers!

There is a new sport in town and its here to stay.  Please welcome, Electric Jetboarding.  Lots of established powersports companies, and some new players, are racing to be the highly regarded.  Who’s name is going to become the Polaris or Ski-doo

This is a question that we asked ourselves in back in April of 2020.  Many companies are making a run at Electric Jetboard production.  Some are marketing them as electric surfboards or motorized jetboards, etc.  In our opinion here at Big Lake Electric Surf Co, we can use desired attributes of a jetboard as disqualifiers to identify who really is doing it the best.

Board Type.  In our brand research, there were three different categories of boards: Electric Surfboards, Electric Stand-Up Paddleboards, and hydrofoil surfboards.  The hydrofoil surfboards are neat.  The illusion of floating above the water is truly unique.  But the foils are so long they can’t be operated in shallow water.  The jetpack/impeller unit aren’t capable of high performance.  The learning curve for this style of board is steep.  Second are the stand-up paddleboards.  They are bulky.  They sacrifice too much maneuverability for stability.  Some are very heavy.  That leaves Electric Surfboards.  This board type is regarded as the highest performance option in this space.  They ride directly on the waters’ surface with an intake grate and impeller similar to a jetski.  The downside of riding on the waters surface is difficulty riding in choppy water.  Manufacturers of this board type solve this problem with onboard foot-straps similar to wakeboard bindings.  Futhermore, we think the Electric Surfboard board-type is superior.

Construction.  This is important.  We found two different options for board construction: inflatable and solid.  An inflatable electric surfboard makes it easy to travel with and store. Also, when it comes to weight, these are lighter than the solid construction type.  The solid construction surfboards are expensive over the inflatable electric surfboards.  However, the inflatable boards are not capable of high performance.  The PVC or Hypalon body looks aged rather quickly.  They give the consumer a feeling that the product is disposable.  Solid construction tunes performance and maneuverability similar to a wakeboard or surfboards.  Curvature and sleek design inspire confidence in the jetboard’s quality.  The heavier weight issue is mitigated with the use of lighter build materials such as fiberglass or carbon fiber.  So… solid construction is it.

Battery.  We looked at both the battery life and design for this section.  There are cheaper options of Electric Jetboards with batteries that last around 10-15 minutes.  In addition, these brands don’t typically have removable, replaceable battery packs.  When you start shopping the more expensive jetboard brands, the battery life jumps to 20-70 minutes.  The battery packs are compact, the size and weight are optimized, and many of them can be removed.  When you shop brands with this style battery, you’ll see that prices go up dramatically.  The price starts to look like that of a new jetski or even more.

So what brands meet our qualifications?  There are only a few brands that make the Electric Surfboard board-type, with a solid construction, and a quality battery.  The two brands that stick out are Awake Board and Radinn.  Many articles titled “The Best Jetboards 2020” will list both brands.  How to choose?  Ultimately

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