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Motorized fin gives surfers a boost

Motorized fin gives surfers a ...
The Boost Surfing Fin temporarily replaces a third-party board's existing fin, via an included adapter
The Boost Surfing Fin temporarily replaces a third-party board's existing fin, via an included adapter
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The Boost Surfing Fin takes users to a claimed top speed of 11 mph (18 km/h)
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The Boost Surfing Fin takes users to a claimed top speed of 11 mph (18 km/h)
The Boost Surfing Fin was created by entrepreneurs Dmitri Kozhevnikov (pictured) and Alexei Ostanin
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The Boost Surfing Fin was created by entrepreneurs Dmitri Kozhevnikov (pictured) and Alexei Ostanin
Alexei Ostanin, with a Boost Surfing Fin prototype
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Alexei Ostanin, with a Boost Surfing Fin prototype
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The Boost Surfing Fin temporarily replaces a third-party board's existing fin, via an included adapter
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The Boost Surfing Fin temporarily replaces a third-party board's existing fin, via an included adapter
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Surfers use up a lot of energy, both paddling out to the lineups where the waves roll in, and then paddling even harder to catch one of those waves. The Boost Surfing Fin is designed to help, by giving users … well, an electric boost.

Developed by California-based Boost Surfing, the Fin non-permanently replaces a third-party board's existing fin. It's made of a combination of ABS plastic and fiberglass, tipping the scales at a claimed 1.7 lb (771 g).

When users want a boost, they activate the Fin's brushless 800-watt motor via a board-mounted or wrist-mounted wireless remote. That motor responds by putting out up to 20 lb (9 kg) of thrust – this takes the board to a top speed of 11 mph (18 km/h) for either eight or 20 seconds, depending on the selected boost length. Plans call for sensors to shut off the motor if the user falls off the board, so it won't continue on without them.

Power is provided by a lithium battery, that reportedly should be good for two hours of total runtime per 60 to 90-minute charge – the Fin can be removed from the board for charging.

The Boost Surfing Fin was created by entrepreneurs Dmitri Kozhevnikov (pictured) and Alexei Ostanin
The Boost Surfing Fin was created by entrepreneurs Dmitri Kozhevnikov (pictured) and Alexei Ostanin

Needless to say, many surfers will likely think of an electric-assist fin as a form of cheating. The Fin's designers, however, state that it should allow users to stay out longer and catch otherwise-uncatchable waves, plus it ought to make the sport more accessible to the disabled, beginners and the elderly.

The Boost Surfing Fin is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where a pledge of US$149 is required to get one. Assuming it reaches production, shipping should take place next May. The planned retail price is $299.

It can be seen in use, in the following video. And if you're interested in going fast on flat water, you might want to check out a purpose-built fully-electric surfboard.

Sources: Kickstarter, Boost Surfing

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4 comments
guzmanchinky
I am so buying one. I've wanted to surf for years but just can't quite get the punch I need to catch most of the waves around here.
Worzel
If you're going for a powered surfboard, why not go the whole way, and just get a boat?
VincentWolf
And flip it over to scare your friends of a shark attack!!
RoyDBaird
Growing up near Port Aransas in the '60's, I spent a LOT of time in the water, hot and cold days. This would have been a god send back then. We had 9'6" boards that weighed 30-40 lbs. And the surf was not that big, 3-5 most of the time and 8-10 in the winter. The rides were short too. But, we were surfing. There was another company back then that had a flipper on each side of the skeg. It flapped like a fish tale to give you a boost, or so they said. Never say one on the beach. At 69 now, I would buy one today and head to the beach tomorrow...