Lampuga is a German electric jetboard manufacturer based out of Ratstatt. They started shipping the Lampuga Air model in April 2019 which they had already announced at the boot show in Dusseldorf in January 2018. You may have heard about the “old Lampuga” which was a company from Hamburg in Germany who released the Lampuga jetboards already in 2016. This company however went bankrupt in April 2017 and doesn’t exist anymore.
The new Lampuga jetboards are completely designed from scratch and even if they use the same name and somehow look a little bit similar you can not use any parts for the old boards. Investor Nicolai Weisenburger bought the assets and patents in 2017, but closed the factory and moved to Rastatt where he hired new staff and developed completely new boards.
Nicolai’s main job is in real estate, but he was an early investor in the old jetboard company (which went out of business) as he was fascinated from the beginning about electric surfboards. He believed in this trend and thought he can make a better e-jetboard with the right strategy and staff. He hired a complete new crew including a new managing director who runs the daily business.
He build completely new factory with over 1,500 square metres where the jetboards are produced. It is based in Rastatt which is close to the black forrest in Germany. His engineers studied the weaknesses of the first generation board in order to improve the manufacturing process and reliability. According to Nicolai one of the most challenging tasks was to figure out all the legal requirements to launch such a product as well as finding a reasonable way to transport the lithium ion batteries to customers.
The big coming out of the new company with the new boards was at boot 2018 which was in January of that year. Lampuga impressed with a huge booth and new colourful electric surfboards. Originally the plan was to ship in 2018, but as many other manufacturers they had to realise that it takes 2 years from a prototype to a reliable mass production jetboard. Nicolai wanted to do it right and delayed the launch to spring 2019.
Unlike other e-surfboard manufacturers, Lampuga is not selling directly to consumers. Instead they are focussing on the rental market and resellers such like the Jetboard Shop from Berlin. In theory they have 2 more models next to the Air model. The Lampuga Boost with a carbon fibre hull and the Rescue model, but they are currently focusing on the Air which got most interest from the resellers.
We meet the Lampuga team several times a year which includes their Business Development guy Sascha Platen as well as the Managing Director Alexander Pick. In June 2018 the team brought a few prototypes to Berlin and I enjoyed to test them on the Havel river.
The Air model is very easy to ride due to the volume of 200 litres at a length of 230 cm and a width of 75 cm. You can stand up with almost no speed. The inflatable jetboard out of double layer PVC is ideal for schools, rentals and yacht owners due to the soft hull. The battery lasts up to 45 minutes and can be re-charged in 120 minutes. The 14 horsepower engine is good for speeds up to 50 km/h. The weight is about 50 kg which includes the 25 kg battery.
- 3.7 kWh lithium ion battery with LED battery status
- 10 kW (14 PS) electric motor
- Jet drive with a thrust of 50 kg
- Bluetooth remote control
- magnetic kill switch which is connect with a leash to your ankle
The remote control can be connected through a rope with the top of the board which makes it easier to ride and steer. Advanced riders can ride the Lampuga without the rope. The Air models is available in the 7 colours yellow, grey, green, red, lighter blue, blue and black. It is equipped with FCS fins which make them easy to replace and adjust the riding experience.
Let’s talk about the Boost model which might be released later in 2019. The carbon fibre jetboard is with 58 km/h faster than the Lampuga Air. It has different hull, but is using the same battery, charger, remote control and other components, which means it has also 14 hp and a range of up to 45 minutes. It is however according to the manufacturer lighter and the carbon fibre hull has less resistance on the water surface which explains the higher speed.
The electric surfboard is 256 cm long, 80 cm wide and 15 cm high. The silver prototype above was already shown at boot 2018 but has no exact launch date yet. The Air model seems to be the focus for 2019, which makes a lot of sense in our opinion as the Air is a very unique electric jetboard compared to the competition. You can compare the boards in our e-surfboard comparison.
Last but not least Lampuga announced a 3rd business to business (B2B) model which is designed for lifeguard organisations or cruiser ships. The Rescue jetboard is a modified Air model with some extra features such like more handles and a resttube. If you think about it, it makes actually a lot of sense to offer such a board. It is fast, has a soft shell which protects lifeguard and swimmer and has a lot of volume to carry even 2 people.
Even in very rough water it can ne manoeuvred easily and safe by laying on the board. It is like a small life raft with a powerful electric jet motor. Since this is a pure B2B product not much details are available.