Types and working of a motorized surfboard

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A motorized surfboard is a stand-up paddleboard fitted with a battery pack, propulsion fins, and a handheld thrust controller. It uses an electric trolling motor to move the board thru water instead of a human arm paddling.

Types of motorized surfboard:

1. Electric motorized surfboard

A man riding a wave on a surfboard in the water

An electric-powered surfing board gives you the same thrill minus the noise of a regular boat engine, making it perfect for waterskiing, wakeboarding, and powering water toys.

2. Gasoline-powered surfboards

These are not popular because they are generally heavier than an electric surfboard or kayak and they are louder than electric ones.

What to consider while choosing a motorized surfboard?

Surfboard weight:

The lighter the board, the easier it is to maneuver.


When selecting the battery type ask if it is user-replaceable or will it need to be sent out for repairs. If it needs to be sent out, consider the replacement cost.

Throttle type:

Handle-mounted throttle is easier to control than twist throttle. Most electric surfboards come with handle-mounted throttles. For gasoline-powered boards, the throttle can be mounted on the board or remote-controlled.

Charging time:

Electric motorized surfboards take anywhere from 1.5 hours to 6 hours to fully charge while gasoline-powered boards generally take around 15 minutes.

Thrusting power:

For gas-powered boards, thrust is measured in pounds. Electrically motorized boards have a wattage rating. The higher the watts, the more powerful the board will be and the further it will travel.

How does a motorized surfboard work?

In an electric motorized surfboard, a battery pack is mounted on the board and powers a small electric trolling motor. The engine sends power to one or more drive shafts known as flex drives. Flex drives connect propulsion fins at the rear of the board to the engine via a swim platform that pivots to provide lift while the board is in motion.

Controls for acceleration, braking, and steering are located on either side of the grip. The throttle can be mounted on the handlebars or remote-controlled depending on the brand of electric surfboard you buy.

Safety tips for motorized surfboards:

Aside from all other regular safety tips for a water sport activity, the following tips also apply to a motorized surfboard:

1. Always wear your life vest and ensure that others on your board do as well.

2. Be aware of what is going on around you at all times- this includes other boaters and jet skis.

3. Follow all boating regulations

4. Make sure that your board is powered by a reliable engine and that you have all the safety equipment required by law, including navigation lights and signals, fire extinguisher, and flares/buoys.

5. Don’t try to stand on your surfboard. It isn’t designed to take weight like a paddleboard and it could tip over.

6. Be aware of the weather and take safety precautions in case of a storm or other adverse conditions.

7. If your battery dies, remember that it takes much longer for gas-powered boards to recharge than it does to refuel when they run out of gas. Plan ahead and ensure you have enough power before you start.

8. You don’t need to be concerned about falling into the water because you are secured to the board by a safety belt, however, falling off is much more likely than with your paddleboard. Make sure not to hang on to any other boat or jet ski too closely as it may cause you to fall off your board.


Motorized surfboards offer a lot of fun and ease to a water activity without the noisy boat engine. They are cleaner than regular boats, making them safe for the environment. They can reach speeds up to 30km/hr which makes them perfect for surfing, wakeboarding, and tubing.

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