For our EWAKE Jetboard review we had the chance to meet founder Sascha Pollrich in August to test his latest electric surfboards. Later in October we visited him in his workshop in Schwalbach where he is designing his electric surfboards.
We had a beautiful day at a lake close to Berlin and Sascha brought 3 jet-boards plus plenty of batteries with him for our EWAKE Jetboard testing. Sascha has a background in creating custom designs to tune cars, so in the same way each EWAKE electric surfboard has a fully custom design. Everything is handmade including the lithium ion batteries.
We have seen other smaller Jetboard and electric hydrofoil companies which do the batteries on their own and were not so much impressed, but the batteries from EWAKE looked decent. You can see that they are handmade, but it is well done. According to founder Sascha he is using only high quality cells (Sony 18650), materials and a battery management to make the battery safe. The batteries are smaller than many others, but at the same time with about 1,400 USD less expensive which makes it affordable to buy a few spare batteries.
The batteries are good for a 10-15 minutes ride, which is actually enough for a single ride given that it is a race board which means you usually need a break anyways and can swap the batteries before the next ride. It takes two hours to charge a battery which has a weight about 9.5 kg. The 12 serial and 15 parallel cells (180 cells in total) deliver 2.32 kWh / 46 Ah at 50.4 Volt.
The boards produced in Schwalbach (Germany) comes in two models. The EWAKE with 2 jets and the EWAKE Pro with 3 jets. Both models are light full carbon fibre boards with 10 kW or 19 kW (Pro model) power for the 2 or 3 brushless motors designed by MHZ. The board has the dimension of 157 x 62 x 12 cm which is quite short, but EWAKE PRO was able to handle me as a 90 kg rider. I am glad I am used to ride with the short eFoils which made it easier to get up on a board with such low volume. Once up the shape makes it very agile and I had a lot of fun with our EWAKE Jetboard review sessions.
The board comes with an accessory case which includes the handle, the remote control, 2 FSC fins and a buckle for the board. On the EWAKE website, you can further find additional accessories such like a battery carrying case, different spare parts and quite a lot of clothing with EWAKE brand. Even EWAKE branded Nike shoes 😉
The weight of the board is 15 kg which makes 25 – 29 kg in total incl. the battery. The weight is depending on the setup, e.g. with our without foot pads. This makes it one of the lightest Jetboard in the market, but of course with a slightly smaller range due to the smaller batteries. The standard model is good for 40 km/h while the Pro Model can make up to 60 km/h. Both is always depending on the riders weight and the conditions as with any Jetboard. The standard model is selling for 7,999 EUR and the Pro model for 13,999 EUR incl. German VAT plus shipping. The lead time depending on the season is about 2 weeks.
A few weeks after our EWAKE Jetboard review test ride in Berlin we visited the workshop in Schwalbach where Sascha is making each board by hand.
He has access to a digital printer and can make you basically any design you want. No matter if it should fit your car our your boat just send him your design. This could be even a photo as you can see on the picture below.
Sascha shared also some very new adjustments to his boards. For example a new very good looking leash for the handle as well as a security leash with magnet for the board. And he has more improvements in the pipe for his 2021 models. We stay tuned for further updates.
EWAKE Jetboard review conclusion:
The EWAKE Jetboards are very short and as such designed for very light or advanced users. Users above 80 kg should consider the Pro model with 19 kW which requires a boat license in some regions. The trigger is very aggressive with an instant response. Again something which advanced users will like, but hard to handle for beginners. I was riding the Pro model and felt similar power to the Jetsurf Electric. May be I liked the short design from EWAKE even more, but may be it was just because it was something new, And I like new stuff 😉
It is an handmade board and you can see this. The components do not look as professional as from other premium Jetboards such like Jetsurf Electric or the Lampuga Air, but on the other hand founder Sascha gives you the freedom to choose from unlimited designs, with or without handles, with or without foot pads and so on. It is a real custom board.
The small batteries have advantages and disadvantages. It depends if weight is more important for you than changing batteries. The EWAKE batteries are light and less expensive (you can get 2-3 batteries for the same price you are paying from other vendors). Changing the batteries is pretty simple, but you would need more chargers or it just takes longer to charge multiple batteries. The short light board is very easy to carry.
We have followed Sascha from very early days with his first pictures and videos on social media and he has made a huge jump in 2020. We will continue to watch carefully how he will improve his boards further and are already looking forward to our EWAKE Jetboard review 2021. His company is still small, but he is very smart and enthusiastic about what he is doing. Not seldom he is working on the boards until 4 am he told us. Seems he does not need a lot of sleep 😉 He recently got a new investor which we met as well and who should help him to grow even faster.
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