Electric Surfboard Gets An Overhaul

One of the realities of building your own hardware is that it will more often than not lead to constant tinkering and revisions. [Simon]’s 3D printed electric surfboard is no exception as it recently got an overhaul. The motors were upgraded from 5000 W to 7500 W, most parts were redesigned to use bearings, and the impellers were swapped out. Luckily, almost all the electronics inside were suitable for reuse.

We previously covered the surfboard in question, and we’re always excited to see an old project revisited. The bearing reduces vibrations and allows the system to last longer. Despite the water cooling on the motors, the temperatures were still getting relatively high when running full tilt. So rather than buying more efficient (and more expensive) motors, he opted to reduce the load on the motors by changing out the impeller from a double to a single. But this meant cutting and grinding a new shaft as now needed to be one impeller shorter.

It might not be a huge shock, but with two 7500 W motors, the run time is just 3 minutes, even with a 48 V 16 amp-hour battery bank made up of four cells. Measuring top speed was done by synchronizing two cameras set 100 meters apart, yielding a top speed of 45 km/h. Even with a short run time, it looks like an absolute blast.

5 thoughts on “Electric Surfboard Gets An Overhaul

  1. Well this is awesome. This is a video where a guy makes a new awesome thing using what is approaching engineering and product development principals, and documents the build, reasoning for design choices and compromises and so on. Then look at the usual “content” videos (like the stupid avocado chopping robot / finger remover) like was posted a few days ago. More waterjet powered surfboards, less garbage content/entertainment videos please. Thank you. And awesome surfjet project.

  2. moar battereez!
    been watching his stuff for a very long time… whole time thinking… man it must be nice to have grown up a rich kid with great access to the outdoors.

    also, dc to ac to dc again. gotta love all that power loss.

    1. I agree on moar battereez, the beauty of watercraft is that more weight isn’t as much of an impediment as on aircraft. He did say near the end that that’s the only change he’d make for next time.

      That DC AC DC charging setup is pretty funny, but sometimes you gotta make do with what you have on-hand.

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