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Radinn G2X modular electric jetboard hits the water

The Radinn G2X lets you surf without waves
The Radinn G2X lets you surf without waves
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Radinn G2X: can be ridden in icy waters, if you really want to
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Radinn G2X: can be ridden in icy waters, if you really want to
Radinn G2X: now a third cheaper than before, but still very expensive
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Radinn G2X: now a third cheaper than before, but still very expensive
Radinn G2X: excellent for belly-flying if you don't have your stand-up game sorted out yet
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Radinn G2X: excellent for belly-flying if you don't have your stand-up game sorted out yet
Radinn G2X: hand control is similar to that on an electric skateboard
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Radinn G2X: hand control is similar to that on an electric skateboard
Radinn G2X: €9900 electric wakeboard can be upgraded to a 58 km/h "Radical" mode for a further €990
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Radinn G2X: €9900 electric wakeboard can be upgraded to a 58 km/h "Radical" mode for a further €990
Radinn G2X: relatively thin, but still hefty at 40-odd kilograms
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Radinn G2X: relatively thin, but still hefty at 40-odd kilograms
The Radinn G2X lets you surf without waves
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The Radinn G2X lets you surf without waves

Shooting across the surface of the water atop a board no longer requires nature to provide propulsion in the form of waves. Swedish manufacturer Radinn has launched a faster, cheaper and longer lasting version of its electric jetboard, a watersports machine that effectively lets you surf without waves at up to 36 mph (58 km/h).

It's been three and a half years since we first saw the Radinn electric wakeboard prototype. With its wireless hand control, it reminded us of an electric skateboard for the water, but at €15,000 (US$18,640) it was a big ask for a solo toy – doubly so considering that's more than the cost of three small jet skis.

Now, the G2X is here, and it addresses the problem … somewhat. Radinn has managed to cut the price by a third, down to €9,900 (US$12,300) with the standard 2.8-kWh battery, which is good for about 25 minutes flat out at a top speed around 31 mph (50 km/h).

Radinn G2X: relatively thin, but still hefty at 40-odd kilograms
Radinn G2X: relatively thin, but still hefty at 40-odd kilograms

Also, the battery is now replaceable, meaning if you've got a spare €2,990 (US$3717) lying about, you can keep a spare and swap them over to maximize your time in the water.

Coming in black or white, the G2X is also upgradeable with a chunkier 3.7-kWh "XL Power Pack" battery for an extra €990 (US$1,230), or €4490 (US$5,580) if you buy it separately, that gives you around a 40 percent range boost.

A further upgrade unlocks "Radical" mode, just in case you're feeling like a ninja turtle from the 80s. Radical mode takes your top speed up to 36 mph (58 km/h), second only to the mighty Lampunga Boost GTA's 38 mph (61 km/h) for top speed honors. Mind you, the Lampunga costs more than US$30k, and we suspect the standard G2X's 31 mph will feel absolutely obscene to the vast majority of riders anyway.

Radinn G2X: €9900 electric wakeboard can be upgraded to a 58 km/h "Radical" mode for a further €990
Radinn G2X: €9900 electric wakeboard can be upgraded to a 58 km/h "Radical" mode for a further €990

No dimensions are available, but the G2X looks reasonably thin and agile considering all the battery it packs in. It'll be a lot heavier than the two-stroke-powered Mako Slingshot, but then there's a lot to be said for a quiet electric motor, particularly if you're sharing the water with others.

If you want to take this whole enterprise to another level again, there will be a further hydrofoil attachment that replaces the main jet motor and allows the G2X to rise right up out of the water, much like the eFoil from Lift Foils. No pricing details are available for that yet.

Ultimately, these things might struggle to really take off in any kind of numbers until a combination of battery tech and sales numbers helps Radinn get these boards down under about US$3,000. But for the few that can afford them, they'll offer a unique and fun way to explore the water that can vary from peaceful progress to outright madness.

Here's some of the Radinn team riding one of these things in sub-zero temperatures in Norway.

Icebreaking in Norway

Source: Radinn

3 comments
guzmanchinky
Just ordered one.
Quo
I don't need to go 35mph. I wish there were an electric surf/SUP with a speed that maxed out around 15mph. With a lower price point.
ljaques
OutFREAKINstanding! Those look like a total hoot. Let us know how you like it, Guz. I'll bet they sell thousands to lifeguards and surfers alike worldwide as soon as production ramps up, dropping prices. Price is crazy, just like the performance, so they'll definitely be funded for their first production run(s). Go Radinn, Go!