New electric surfboard set to make waves, but it'll cost you nearly R300K!

Veteran watersports advocate Paul Botha says the newest silent electric surfboard to come out of Sweden could be great to use on rivers and lakes.

The high-speed surfboard can travel at up to 56 km/h, but will set surfers back a whopping R290 000.

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The electrically powered machine is called the Rävik and is made by Swedish company Awake.

Botha says the gadget could make surfing enjoyable for all ages and abilities.

However, weighing 35 kilogram, it may not be the easiest to navigate.

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He says the high speed board is not a good idea in the surf zone, but could work well on flat water.

I'd love one, but at R290 000 it's unlikely that I'll be buying one anytime soon.

Paul Botha, convener of the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame

At 56 km/h you're going faster than you can ride on a wave.

Paul Botha, convener of the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame

I can see it [working] on rivers and lakes and out to sea where you are on your own.

Paul Botha, convener of the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame

It's extraordinary, but it;s not unique. There at least half a dozen other models.

Paul Botha, convener of the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame

To ride a 35 kilo peice of euqipment in th waves is going to be difficult.

Paul Botha, convener of the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame

Take a listen to his opinion:

Image screenshot: Awake Boards website.


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