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Uh-oh! Powerboard alert ...

Uh-oh! Powerboard alert ...

Alex Dick-Read

Umm … surfing has a way of spawning freakish offspring. Some of them successfully embed themselves in the real world and seem destined to make millions happy for millenia to come – like skateboarding, maybe even snowboarding and all the other ‘-board sports’ – wake-, skim-, finger-, etc.

Others are just a little frightening.

We couldn’t possibly comment on which category this invention fits into. As a concept, it’s been around since the Age of Steam, but no one has successfully made the mutation work. The people of Powerboards, however, seem to have got as close as anyone ever has to marrying a surfboard with an engine.

This video makes us think of the countless benefits:
No more tiring paddle-outs!
No more missed waves!
Paddle battles with surly locals? Winning!
No problem making it around those unruly sections that break too far ahead!
Deeper barrels than ever, especially in waves formerly known as closeouts!
No more noisy jetskis needed to tow you in on 60ft days!

No doubt there are many, many, many more benefits to having a surfboard powered by an engine, but it’s suddenly time for us to stop writing and go meditate under large banyan tree.

People of the world: Happy power-surfing!

  1. jDizzle


  2. Darren

    If you can’t paddle out into the lineup or to catch a wave, then you don’t belong out there. Not only are you a danger to yourself if you find yourself too deep, but you are a danger to the other surfers out there. I’m fine with these boards for rescue purposes, but surfing is a sport where you have to pay your dues – I really hope I don’t ever see this board when I’m surfing…..

  3. Raul

    lame!!! worst thing ever seem so far, I agree with jDizzle this is disgraceful, only a kook could have come out with something like this. That´s my humble opinion…

  4. derek

    Powerboards: The essence of soul surfing–mainlining to the “church of the open sky”…

    and so ecological, too–let’s see, how many faux-paddles per litre?

    …and requiring such skill and artistry–did you see those guys in the videos rip? Unbelievable! And so fast! Just like Dane!

    …and the innovation–did you see the radical shapes of those boards they were riding? Total originals… a veritable funboard revolution.

    …and of course it’s all so selfless–the business kooks behind this are doing this for purely utopian, not-for-profit motives, I’m sure…

    Power up!

  5. Henry

    Whilst I respect the ingenuity and drive it must have taken to design this, I think they have completely missed the point! Fun in a lake or whatever but I hope I never see one out back either!!

  6. Sean Davey

    I think they would be good for surf rescues, Sure beats noisy jetskis, rubby duckies or those huge wooden boats.
    Keep ’em out of the hands of surfers though. No need already….

  7. Charlie Ray

    Whoa…Just a minute now…rethink this one. Electric motor…tons of waves avail. outside of the crowded lineups. Just having fun all by yourself yourself on waves noone else wants. I’m all over it. I like this thing alot. It is far and above the best design of any which have gone before it. I agree, it would be a disadvantage to those in a traditional paddle in lineup, but the possibilities are to far reaching to just be blown off. I want one!

  8. Nelson

    It would definitely spare my sore back and its painful muscle contractures from years of over paddling! It’s called surfing, but we spend most time paddling and sitting. I would love to catch more waves and paddle less, and you know you would to 😉
    I just doubt my board would behave the same, looks fun on the longboard though.

  9. chris hill

    great new product. i guess it will work well, come down to barbados and my brother peter (past national champ, ex pro,soupbowl master) to check them out. but a great new product that even myself with 37 years in the water could get in on it.

  10. Nathan

    OK previous posters, riddle me this: jet-ski towing isn’t detrimental to the very heart of surfing etc etc but this alternate from of human motive power is somehow?

    I think this will have a ready market, right up until the point that someone tries to ride anything over 5 feet!

    For the record; I think towing-in is ‘cheating’, if you aren’t man enough to catch it paddling then respect it and watch it gracefully pass you by.


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