Surf Without Waves
NewsThursday 20 August 2015
It may prove controversial with surfing purists, but the new electric jet boards from Basque Country-based Onean have the potential to revolutionise the sport of surfing.
Gone are the days of frantically paddling to catch a wave or waiting for the wind to pick up. Onean’s boards are fitted with a 4400W dual-core brushless electric motors to power an axial water pump, allowing riders to effortlessly cruise and slalom along the water’s surface and make fluid turns like a snowboarder.
Available in 3 different models ranging from the buoyant and stable Manta, to the forthcoming slim and agile Blade, Onean’s selection of boards offer an alternative to a range of water-based board sports including wakeboarding, standup paddleboarding, windsurfing and traditional surfing.
Rather than attempt to make these popular watersports obsolete, the Onean boards allow for new areas at sea, or on lakes, rivers and canals to be explored. Unlike most other water-based board sports, manoeuvring an Onean board is not dependent on the elements such as wind and tides as propulsion is adjusted by a handheld remote control.
Powered by interchangeable batteries with charging time of two hours, each board is described to be very environmentally friendly and is almost silent while in use.
Onean are currently taking pre-orders for the Carver (€3,450 (£2,430)) and Manta (€3,650 (£2,571)) boards and are selling fast.
Watch the boards in action below.
Image Credits: Onean