Last weekend we had the chance to take out the Onean Carver for an electric surfboard test on a lake close to Berlin.
Rider Jens L. had to wait 1.5 years until he got the electric surfboard for his 6,000 USD (including extras) investment, but we have seen this with early electric skateboards as well.
Today Onean ships with 2-3 weeks.
The Spanish manufacturer promises with 4,400 watt up to 38 km/h for riders up to 75 kg on its website. Our rider had 80 kg with wetsuit, but could not get faster than 27 km/h which was enough to get gliding.
UPDATE: Onean launched the Carver X in 2018. The carver is for riders below 85 kg and the Carver X with 2 batteries and 2 jets can handle riders up to 115 kg.
The 2 batteries we tested were good for 20 minutes rides at full speed. This is a similar range we have seen with other electric surfboards.
Positiv was the easy to exchange battery which just weights 13 kg and the silent jet engine.
The Onean remote control
The waterproof Bluetooth remote control comes as a wristlet and has a short cable with a pressure sensitive sensor. If you press harder you get more speed.
The wristlet is convenient und doesn't disturb while you are swimming or stand up on the board. This is better compared to a standard handheld remote.
Electric Surfboard Test - Conclusion
You get what you pay for. With 4,130 USD plus VAT the Carver is so far the cheapest electric surfboard on the market. For riders up to 80 kg it should have enough power for enjoyable rides.
For riders above 85 kg (including wetsuit) you need more battery power and a stronger jet engine. This is were the Carver X comes into play.
It is a smart move from Onean to offer this 2 option. If you are light (e.g. like my wide) you can go for the inexpensive Carver and if you weigh more you go for the Carver X, which is still cheaper than most other electric surfboards.
More details about the board you will find in our Electric Surfboard database, where you can compare the specs with other boards.
Onean Carver Review Video:
Und here a video from our partner Mike at Jetsurfingnation:
One video is with music and speed indicator by GoPro and the other one is without music in order to get a feeling about sound and acceleration.
Check also the Website of the Onean Carver.