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Ravik electric surfboard awakens the silent thrillseeker in you

Ravik electric surfboard awake...
The Ravik, by Awake Boards, is a high-powered electric beast capable of 35 mph over the water
The Ravik, by Awake Boards, is a high-powered electric beast capable of 35 mph over the water
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The Ravik, by Awake Boards, is a high-powered electric beast capable of 35 mph over the water
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The Ravik, by Awake Boards, is a high-powered electric beast capable of 35 mph over the water
Awake Ravik: yes, it wheelies
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Awake Ravik: yes, it wheelies
Awake Ravik: hand-held wireless throttle
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Awake Ravik: hand-held wireless throttle
Awake Ravik: turns hard if you're game
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Awake Ravik: turns hard if you're game
Awake Ravik: limited consequences for crashing on a machine like this
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Awake Ravik: limited consequences for crashing on a machine like this
Awake Ravik: one of a new breed of high-powered electric watersports toys
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Awake Ravik: one of a new breed of high-powered electric watersports toys
Awake Ravik: carbon fiber body
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Awake Ravik: carbon fiber body
Awake Ravik: high torque, high efficiency electric propulsion system
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Awake Ravik: high torque, high efficiency electric propulsion system
Awake Ravik: no battery details or pricing has been given yet
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Awake Ravik: no battery details or pricing has been given yet
Awake Ravik: electric drive system
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Awake Ravik: electric drive system
Awake Ravik: a hefty beast to store in the garage
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Awake Ravik: a hefty beast to store in the garage
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Hear that? Nope? Me neither, but the silent, high-speed electric surfboard is now most definitely a thing, coming soon to a reasonably smooth set of swells near you. The latest to hit the waves is the Awake Rävik, a 35-mph (56-km/h), full carbon stand-up beast with a wireless hand-held throttle.

Like a vastly overpowered electric skateboard for the surf, the Rävik is one of a growing breed of highly physical stand-up watersports machines that make use of compact electric powertrains to deliver high-speed thrills with a side of exercise and balance work.

Its full carbon body and torquey direct drive water propulsion system make it one of the fastest gadgets in its class – only pipped, as far as we're aware, by the Lampuga Boost, which is a single mile per hour faster flat out.

Awake Ravik: turns hard if you're game
Awake Ravik: turns hard if you're game

This is a smooth-seas toy. It can be jumped over waves in a limited fashion, but looks like much more fun when you can open the throttle and carve a flat body of water with only the occasional bump to negotiate. If you fall off and the board flips over, it'll automatically stop – a nice touch given how far this thing could get away from you if it kept the throttle open.

No prices are given as yet, but expect a fair old punch in the hip pocket. The Lampuga Boost, for example, debuted with a retail price of US$24,600. So this may be one to rent, not buy. Either way, orders open on August 1, and deliveries are beginning in September.

See how it rides in the video below.

Source: Awake Boards

ELECTRIC SURFBOARD - ADRENALINE IN SOUTHERN SWEDEN 2018

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1 comment
Grumpyrelic
When I was a teen, 12 ft. aluminium boats with a maximum horsepower rating of 10 HP were the norm and god help you if you exceeded that rating. Now it is perfectly normal to have a 12 ft Sea-doo with 300 HP. Further the demonstration drivers feel secure enough (read stupid) not to wear helmets. I guess deleting some of the gene pool is good. At least Awake is awake enough to realize the importance of riders of their product to wear brain buckets. 15hp on a 6 ft sliver of carbon is serious power and at 35 kph you can get into trouble fast.