Are petrol surfboards still actual in the era of eSurfs?
As the motosurfing industry develops, electric surfboards become extremely popular among the fans of surfing. At the same time, the pioneers of motosurfing, petrol boards, are being pushed out to the background of glory. In reality both jetboards have pros and cons, and gasoline boards are not inferior in many characteristics to electric surfboards. Now let's take a deep dive into details and reveal why a gas-powered board is still a good choice for surfing.
If you are craving for competitions, then a gasoline surfboard is the best choice. Light weight of a petrol surfboard allows you to do different tricks on the water and break the waves with high mobility. This aspect especially counts for the Motosurf World Cup, as the championship has a restriction for the weight of a jetboard: it cannot be heavier than 20 kg. And no one of the electric surfboards fits these parameters today. Usually, eSurfs weigh around 35 kg due to its heavy battery, which is about 15-20 kg by itself.
In terms of speed, electric surfboards have pretty much the same characteristics as petrol jetboards. But gas-powered jetboards have the benefit of long riding time of up to 2 hours and up to 3 hours for the Jet Surf Adventure model. And the riding time even for the most advanced electric surfboards doesn’t exceed 60 minutes.
Speaking of electric surfboards, they don’t demand much. The only thing you have to do is to charge the battery of your smart device to curb the waves. But there is also nothing difficult in petrol surfboards handling: you just need to use the mixture of two-stroke oil and gasoline to fill the tank, and carefully wash (except the carburetor) and drain the engine compartment after every ride in salt water. As an advantage, filling the tank takes much less time than waiting for the battery to be charged.
Usually, gasoline surfboards are highly maneuverable, and have large potential for developing riding skills, including various tricks and jumps. This gives you all the possibilities to win a race as well as to enjoy extreme and intensely challenging motosurfing.
In comparison with petrol boards eSurfs are not so agile due to their heavy weight.
What about plane transportation, it’s prohibited to take electric surfs on board because of the battery. You can fly only with a petrol surfboard registered as oversize baggage. For this you should make sure that the gasoline tank of your jetboard is empty and clean. Also, you need to get bubble wrap, «Fragile» stickers and a special case to protect the surfboard against the damage. For extra-protection you can put some soft clothes (towels, safety vest, t-shirts, etc.) over the board inside the bag. One more tip is to take all the documents for the jetboard with you. In case the board got lost, you have useful info about your deviсe and can provide it to the airline.
All In all, petrol powered surfboards have lots of benefits and objectively are worth buying. Light, fast, convenient, possible to be transported by plane – they let you experience the excitement of riding the wave and total freedom.