Many surfers, from beginners to avid surfers, don’t get the chance to surf enough to build out the muscle power and stamina needed to constantly paddle. So, the world’s first electric fin for surfboards is coming this January, to Kickstarter and CES Las Vegas.
Boost Surfing is debuting their first electric fin attachable to multiple board types next month. At Eureka Park, visitors will have the opportunity to see it up close.
The fin is pretty light at 1.7 pounds and the company says it’s extremely easy to install, taking minutes of your time. It goes with different types of boards, from Longboards, Soft Top, FCS/FCS II, Futures to stand up and paddleboards (SUP).
The 800-watt fin will give surfers 20 pounds of turbocharged motor thrust and speeds up to 11 mph. However, depending on experience and skill, not all surfers will be inclined to push the pedal at the max on their first try. So, the company created a companion app for iOS or Android where they can tailor the exact power and duration of the boosts.
Battery-wise, the fin will provide about 2 hours of ride time with around 95 8-second power boosts. Recharging will take up to 1.5 hours.
“Surfers make up one of the most dedicated, passionate sports communities, and the last thing we want to do is disrupt the art of surfing,” said Alex Ostanin, co-founder and CTO of Boost Surfing. “We kept that in mind as we developed the electric Fin, creating a technologically sophisticated product that doesn’t interfere with the dynamics of surfing but provides the muscle needed to help surfers paddle out and get on a larger number of waves for a more memorable surfing experience.”
If you want a bit of extra boost to your rides or you have difficulty paddling continuously, this may be your 2020 must-have gadget.
At the moment, the Boost Surfing Fin is available on Kickstarter where you can get it from $189. When it goes on retail, the fin is set to cost $299. Pre-orders will ship next May.