Motorized surfboards have been around since the early 1990s, with the first prototype designed in 1994. Czech Republic company Jetstream, founded by Martin Sula in 2008, wanted to take the motorized surfboard application to a whole new level of excellence, busting through boundaries of high-octane water sports to create the JetSurf, which was unlike anything the world had ever seen or experienced.
Weighing only 30 pounds and reaching speeds of up to 57 kilometres per hour, the JetSurf of today is an incredible combination of lightweight carbon fibre and clean, green eco-friendly marine engine technology. This 100-cc, two-stroke engine is the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly marine engine in its class, and boasts excellent fuel economy, utilizing about two litres per hour of operation.
Jet surfing is a relatively new sport in Canada with only a handful of people owning this unique board.
A whole new way to hang ten! — Photo courtesy JetSurf/Michael Rivard
The rarity, unique design and application of the JetSurf was exactly what attracted business partners Rob Hall and Michael Rivard to the product and the JetSurf company. The adventurous Western Canadian duo later obtained Canadian distribution rights to the JetSurf line of boards, knowing they had picked a winner. “The board is must-have equipment for anyone that tries it and most people buy them sight unseen (we bought two like that)”, said Rivard. “JetSurf moved into a new factory in January and production has increased 300 per cent, but board supply is still extremely limited as the 2016 North American market launch is absorbing all new capacity.” Rivard, managing director of JetSurf Canada, explains that the production and delivery timeline is between eight and 12 weeks with each and every board meticulously hand-crafted to exacting specifications. Unsurpassed quality and attention to detail is featured with each JetSurf board. Carbon fibre is utilized as much as possible with 100 per cent carbon hulls, along with other carbon fibre features creating a durable and lightweight masterpiece.
When Hall and Rivard unleashed the JetSurf on the lakes of British Columbia and Alberta, many heads turned in astonishment as the duo jet surfed the day away. People simply had never seen a motorized surfboard and were eager to learn more. Once you try it, it’s hard to fight the JetSurf addiction.
Completely unrestrained, the JetSurf is not reliant upon a wave or a boat to propel it, so the experience is incredibly exhilarating and freeing, opening up limitless possibilities including surfing rivers, lakes and deep blue ocean waters—high-octane fun and surfing absolutely anywhere you want! Totally portable, the JetSurf can be transported by hand, car and even commercial airline, which appeals to many thrill-seeking world travellers. With three models to choose from, the JetSurf has something for every hang 10 enthusiast out there.
The pro-race model is designed for competition race performance, while the ultra-sport is a great recreational board anyone can enjoy. Finally, the factory JetSurf has a little more oomph than the ultra-sport, making it another awesome recreational choice for the individual who may want to get a little more creative with tricks and lines.
For more information please visit jet-surf.com.