Hey, meet the Magic Surf Jetboard. Well, you might know it already as the electric surfboard from Germany was sold 2019 under Loawai brand and 2018 under CURF brand. New is that it has a now a different owner after Loawai went bankrupt a few months ago.
If there is one electric surfboard in this industry which has a history then it is the Magic Surf electric Jetboard. Not only has it now the third name and two different owners, but also the original CURF team around Benjamin Köhnsen were the founders of the first Lampuga Jetboard company. Their company Sashay GmbH was already founded in 2011 and they launched the Lampuga electric surfboard around 2016. This first Lampuga company went however bankrupt in April 2017. Later on the Lampuga brand and assets were bought by investor Nicolai Weisenburger and the new Lampuga Jetboards will hit the market in May/June 2020.
After Benjamin K. lost his company around the Lampuga boards he founded a new company (later called Watercrafts Germany GmbH) to bring the CURF Jetboard to the market in 2018. Watch our interview with Benjamin at boot 2019 here:
In 2019 the brand was changed from CURF to Loawai due to a trademark issue around the name CURF. We have a Loawai board here in the office and did ride it through the summer of 2019. The board was always reliable and we had no issues. It is very robust and almost undestroyable, but with 2 batteries of 17 kg and and a total weight of 66 kg it is very heavy and you need a special beach wagon to handle it. On the flip side the heavy weight has an advantage on rough waters.
In November 2019 Loawai announced a new board made out of carbon fibre and we had the chance to interview investor Frank Köhler at the world premier in Berlin. Watch our video interview here:
Just a few weeks later Watercrafts Germany GmbH the owner of the Loawai boards went bankrupt because there was a dispute between the different investors. The new owner Magic Surf is known for their Jetlev-Flyers, which are Jetpacks you connect to Jetski-like device. These are expensive toys which cost up to 100,000 EUR, so they may have the right customers to up-sell a higher priced Jetboard.
Magic Surf Jetboard
Okay, coming back to the Magic Surf Jetboard. Other than the new brand and the 2019 announced carbon fibre boards the website does not show any updates. The Magic Surf is offered in 4 models. The Pro, the Race, the Carbon Pro and the Carbon Race. The difference between the Pro model and the race model is the horsepower. Like the Loawai and Loawai Wake the smaller model has 14 kW (19 PS) and race model has 19 kW (26 PS) which means you would need a sport boat license in many countries to ride these boards. The Magic Surf Jetboard Race models accelerate faster and have a higher maximum speed. The Carbon Fibre models are also increasing speed and acceleration due to the lower weight.
|Model||Pro||Race||Carbon Pro||Carbon race|
|Max. Speed||55 km/h||65 km/h||60 km/h||68 km/h|
( 0 - 50 km/h)
|4,2 sec||3,5 sec||3,8 sec||3,3 sec|
|Thrust||90 kg||110 kg||90 kg||110 kg|
|Power||14 kW / 19 PS||19 kW / 26 PS||14 kW / 19 PS||19 kW / 26 PS|
|35 kg||32 kg||21 kg||21 kg|
|Dimensions||192 x 73 x 26 cm||192 x 73 x 26 cm||192 x 73 x 26 cm||192 x 73 x 26 cm|
|Batteries||Litium Ion Plug & Play||Litium Ion Plug & Play||Litium Ion Plug & Play||Litium Ion Plug & Play|
|Battery pack||1300 Wh, 30 Ah, 43,2 V, 16.5 kg||1300 Wh, 30 Ah, 43,2 V, 16.5 kg||1300 Wh, 30 Ah, 43,2 V, 16.5 kg||1300 Wh, 30 Ah, 43,2 V, 16.5 kg|
|Charging time||6 hours / 2 hours with optional Quickcharger||6 hours / 2 hours with optional Quickcharger||6 hours / 2 hours with optional Quickcharger||6 hours / 2 hours with optional Quickcharger|
|Operating time||30 minutes||30 minutes||30 minutes||30 minutes|
Operating time and max. speed are depending on weight, riding style and water conditions. We contacted Magic Surf twice to hear more about the price and availability. So far no response from them.
The total weight of the Carbon models is 55 kg compared to the standard models which have 66 kg. We assume however that the PE (Polyethylene) body of the standard boards is much more robust. The charger which comes with the board needs 6 hours to charge the batteries. The batteries must stay in the boards while charging as you connect the charger to the board. 6 hours is not really acceptable which means you need to invest into the optional quick charger to bring this time down to 2 hours. The quick charger was with with 2,400 EUR incl. VAT not inexpensive at CURF and Loawai times. At Loawai times the price for the Pro model was about 19,000 EUR incl. 19% German VAT and the Race model was about 24,000 EUR 19% German VAT. A battery set which include 2 batteries was sold for 7,250 EUR incl. 19% German VAT.
More information at the Magic Surf Jetboard website.