Unlike skateboarding, rollerblading, or cycling, the art of surfing relies heavily on… ya know, water, and waves in the water. No waves = no surf. But what if you didn’t need to wait for the high tide to kick in? What if you could just ride your board whenever you wanted to?
The Waterwolf is an electric surfboard with its own propulsion system. Located at the rear of the board, it’s a relatively quiet propeller drive craft with a max speed of 16-19 mph (25-30km/h) and easy maneuverability to generally live out your surfing fantasies.
The initial premise was to make a surfboard which could help surfers catch waves more easily. After realizing the motor could be more powerful (it has a voltage of 51.2V and outputs a power of 5.0-6.0KW), the need for waves seemed unnecessary. The final version of the Waterwolf (the MPX-3-2020, shown above) is made of fiberglass with carbon reinforcements for a weight of 64 lbs (29kg).
Like most electric versions of analog vehicles (i.e. skateboards and bicycles), this e-surfboard functions much like the original design. Shifting your weight on the board makes it change direction and the amount of pressure you apply determines the sharpness of each turn.
You don’t need to worry too much about proper take-off postures when riding waves because all you need to do is hit a button to kick in the propeller drive. There’s even Bluetooth watch functionality which allows you to start the board and keep track of battery life.
The Waterwolf has an average surf time of 35 minutes and an average range of 10km. You won’t make it to the other side of the Pacific, but you’ll definitely have a good amount of time to enjoy surfing without any waves. However, once the battery runs out, you’ll have to wait 3.5 hours (or 1.5 hours with a speed charger) to use it again.
You may need to rework your budget a little though. The board rings in at USD $10,500 (9,355 €). If you want to learn how to catch some surf without any waves, be sure to check out the Waterwolf webpage for the complete list of specs.