All Star Jetboard Testing Tour 2017 Testing Mako Boards Motosurf Nation – Jetsurfing Nation – Jet Board Limited
The Mako jetboard has finally arrived. Mako Boardsports team came over to Spain with Gilo Cardozo (CEO of Mako Boardsports), Kester Haynes and Sam Wedgwood to visit us and present their jetboard in detail. Full video and review in this article.
We had our favorite video team from Jetsurfingnation come join us and we had the fabulous opportunity of riding the board and discovering all of the new great features that the Mako Slingshot has to offer. Mako are bringing out a whole new range of boards so a lot more exciting things to come.
JETBOARD TEST CONDITIONS
Type of ride: Sea ride
Wind: No wind
Water Temperature: Cold
Jetboard Model: Mako Slingshot
Location: Benidorm (Spain – East Coast)
MAKO SLINGSHOT JETBOARD TEC SPECS
SIZE, WEIGHT, COLOUR
Dimensions:1880 mm Length (74.02 in)
596 mm Width (23.46 in)
447 mm Height (17.6 in)
Weight:19.5 kg Dry (42 lbs 16 oz)
Colour: Herringbone Carbon Fiber / Chrome Mako Graphics
Max Weight: 100 kg (220 lbs)
Max Speed: 34 mph (55 kph)
Fuel Capacity: 2.8 ltr (0.74 gal)
Cruising Range: 40 minutes full throttle
Construction: High grade carbon fiberXT100
ENGINE Type: Rotron XT100 2-StrokeDisplacement: 100 cc
Cooling: Water cooled open loop
Fuel: Unleaded 95 octane or higher & full synthetic 2 stroke oil Mix ratio 50 : 1
Drive Unit: Direct drive, axial flow jet pump
Impeller: Aerospace grade alloy
MSRP: £7500 ex VAT (US$ 10,000.00)
Warranty: 12 months
MAKO BOARDSPORTS BRAND AND COMPANY
Mako Boardsports are force to be reckoned with, they are not a new startup company, Gilo Cardozo the founder of the company and Gilo Industries has brought out some amazing products already. My favorite is the flying car and one of the most popular is the Parajet. This team has been doing designing, engineering and manufacturing in the aviation industry for many years. Their experience, skills and industry standards are exceptional. Plus, this Mako Slingshot board is the best of British, everything is manufactured in England and I believe this is the beginning of a very exciting new brand. Keep an eye on these guys it’s going to be hard to miss them!
UNBOXING THE SLINGSHOT SURFBOARD: WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
– Mako Slingshot
– Jet Board Case
– Floatable strap
– Floatable security magnet
– 1 rear Fin
– 2 side fins
OPTIONAL / SPARES
– Spare battery packs
WHAT MAKES THIS BOARD INTERESTING?
THE SHAPE OF THIS JETBOARD IS VERY SPECIAL
Front, nose, tail … this is something we haven’t seen before, mako offers a streamlined jetboard with a longer rail allowing super nice turns. The nose shows a bigger curve than other boards so you can take bigger waves and the jetboard doesn’t stick in so easy.
ADJUSTABLE HAND CONTROL SYSTEM WITH AN ON/OFF BUTTON
Just release the cord so you can use it from different heights
MAKO JETBOARD FLOATABLE MAGNET KEY WITH KILL SWITCH
By keeping the cord around the wrist, the rider can fall safely as the engine will be immediately shut down.
FOOTSTRAPS LEFT AND RIGHT (STANDARDLY)
Super easy change around footstraps with enough remaining room on the jetboard
SOFT COVER PADS
Having this extra pad in the middle, in choppy conditions is going to keep your knees from being cut up from bouncing around on the carbon fiber.
REMOVABLE COMPACT WATERPROOF IGNITION BATTERY PACK
No need to bring your board at home to charge the battery pack, remove the battery pack and bring it home or charge it in the car while driving to your favorite spot! Also bring spares with you at the beach and ride all day long. No need to open the jetboard to refuel or recharge it!
Steps to remove the ultra compact ignition battery pack
Mako jetboard direct and easy access to the gas tank cap
Mako Bonus: 3L Premix Measuring System Container Specifically Designed
Fill up the petrol into one side, oil in the other side of the gas tank and you mix it. No need for funnels as there is one in it. Just press the button, the fuel is released in the board tank and that’s it. So literally you can just stick it in, upside down, leave it and it stops when it’s full thanks to the integrated valve.
3 BUTTONS POP OFF FLOATABLE LID – SUPER EASY ACCESS TO THE ENGINE
… but you shouldn’t need to open the lid.
Engine bay is segregated from the inside of the board so if you do get water in, you can turn the board on the side and the water roles out
LED LIGHT INDICATOR
When you power up, you put the magnet and press the handle button, it engages the engine, the light flashes and then when the engine is running the light remains lit up for the whole ride. If you have any issue, the light flashes again and you know that you have a low battery for example and you should be coming in, or your ignition system is not working, … little details like that.
EASY TO CARRY WITH DEDICATED HANDLES
Located close to the tail of the slingshot, on both sides of the board, they make it way easier to carry the board down to the water. It helps especially if your arms are not long enough to wrap around the board. As a reminder the board is 596 mm width (23,46 in.).
Handles really make the difference on that board, (not everyone but) you can carry it with one arm! Daniel
CLIC-AND-CLAC FCS FINS, NO SCREW
Super easy to set.
THE EYE OF THE RIDER: EXPECTATIONS MET AND EXCEEDED
A lot of great ideas and a board full of surprises. Just at a glance, the things that I like are the long rails, all the pads are good quality and much thicker but my favorite thing is the engine edge cover. To be able to just push those 3 buttons and remove it is great. It has got so many features … The battery, the fact that you can take it out and charge it alone is fantastic. You can adjust the throttle cable cord every time someone uses the board to suit the rider. All these little things you guys have been paying attention to. You’ve obviously been using the board a lot and you know what the riders are looking for. Wayne
This board is fast and powerful, with great floatability, it is easy to stand up on it. I love it! Mike
This is a really high-end board that behaves really well in the water, it’s very promising and exciting. Daniel
AVAILABILITY AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Available through the official European dealer Jet Board Limited (Don’t be shy, let them know you’re coming on behalf of Motosurf Nation, you’ll get some neat goodies and extra fun)
Directly through Makoboardsports