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Thread: Wave Jet Review
Aug 20, 2013, 02:28 AM #51
Mar 30, 2014, 12:56 PM #52Junior Member
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I thought I would chip in. I bought a Wavejet longboard when I moved out to New Jersey. There are some real pro's and con's to this, but for me, the pro's have outweighed the con's. I know I will catch some flack for owning a wavejet, but I think it is worth getting some real info from a real user out on this forum. I am not a really good surfer, and don't pretend to be, but I have fun.
The main thing that I use the wavejet for is riding crappy east coast waves. I have been out almost every week this winter, which has been extremely crappy for surfing with only 3 or 4 standout days so far. The wavejet lets you catch smaller waves than you would normally catch even on a longboard, and ride them far longer: catch them earlier, stitch sections together. Many days I have been the only one out there, because I am the only one that can catch the waves! Other times, I catch two to three times the number of waves that anybody else does. I catch then further out than anybody else, and get more face time on a wave than anybody else. I do my best to not snag all the good waves - in fact I let the best go by so the surfers further in can catch them, or I ask them to go ahead and drop in on me, and I will duck out because it is so easy for me to catch the next wave when they spend a couple hours out there to catch two or three waves total.
As far as the battery life goes - I only use it to catch the wave and ride it, so it will last through a 2-3 hour session for me. Most of the time the jets are not on. I have only ran out of batteries twice at the end of a session - the rest of the time I am done before the battery is. You turn the jets on and off with a little button on a wrist controller. That is one of my biggest complaints about the wavejet - it is really hard to hit that button wearing 5 mil gloves!
The other time I use it is to get out with bigger surf, where my older body wouldn't be able to get a longboard out. I have caught some decent waves with the wavejet longboard, but nothing really big. Frankly, we don't get really big here in NJ! I have ridden some overheads with this, and almost barreled, but that is the biggest I have tried. Bigger than that isn't really really suitable for longboards, at least not for me!
1) The board. The board itself is not very good as a board. It is mushy, doesn't turn well and isn't very fast (even with the jets). I have had a lot of the gelcoat come off this winter as well, despite being careful with it.
That said, it is GREAT for beginners because it is very stable and does not require precision foot placement. Just make sure you don't use this in shore break with beginners, because the board is heavy and dangerous there.
2) The weight. With the pod installed, it is HEAVY. Just getting it on and off the car is fun. I use a sling to carry the board it because it is so heavy. In the summer I used to install the pod on the beach and take it out when done before loading the board on the car, but stopped because that is a pain to do in a wetsuit. So, instead I deal with this very heavy board the whole time.
3) The button. As I mentioned before, pressing that damn button with gloves on is a pain. Timing the press is important to catching the waves, so pressing down repeatedly trying to get it to come on has caused me to miss more than 1 wave.
4) The setup time. It adds about 10 minutes on each end to the setup time the way I have it set up right now. It may not sound like much, but it does detract from the 'grab it and go' aspect.
The wavejet has been great for me. I would buy it again. If we had a better break here and more consistent waves, I would not buy it. I don't use it to catch bigger waves than I should - I use it to catch a heck of a lot more waves than I ever could here if I didn't have it! I would have surfed maybe 1/4 the times that I did without the wavejet - that alone makes it worth it for me!
Hope this helps to add a little info to this discussion. I think the wavejet is fabulous for where i am at right now - I am getting older and can't paddle as hard, and the east coast waves have not been as clean or powerful as the west coast waves, so this has been great for me. I would not recommend using the longboard for big waves as the board itself does not perform that well, but for crappy waves it is marvelous!
Mar 30, 2014, 03:15 PM #53
If you are old and have problems paddling into a wave, just buy an SUP. I have seen guys that look to be almost 80 having success with SUPs. I also don't get your comment about east coast waves. Where do you love that you never get decent waves? Even SC sees fun clean surf at least once a week. It might not be big, but still east to ride.
Mar 30, 2014, 03:31 PM #54
I've been looking hard at SUPs. and at some john boats. to go out in the shipping lanes to await freighters. both aren't cheap.
Mar 30, 2014, 06:46 PM #55
Apr 1, 2014, 01:38 PM #56Junior Member
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Apr 1, 2014, 04:19 PM #57
Apr 1, 2014, 06:14 PM #58Senior Member
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Apr 1, 2014, 06:49 PM #59
HA HA HA, I wanna get one and just do figure 8's (laying down) in the line up while whistling. No arms in the water, just using the jet. They are only $4,445.00, get two!
Apr 1, 2014, 07:16 PM #60