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Swedish Jet Board G2X Brings Motorized Surfing to Miami

Anthony Michel showcasing his skills on the G2X.
Anthony Michel showcasing his skills on the G2X. Nicholas Olivera
click to enlarge Anthony Michel showcasing his skills on the G2X. - NICHOLAS OLIVERA
Anthony Michel showcasing his skills on the G2X.
Nicholas Olivera
Behind a million-dollar home on Star Island, sunbathers do a double take as an unusual vessel whizzes through the waves. Imagine a surfboard, but a lot heavier. In fact, half of the watercraft's weight comes from the electric battery used to propel it through the water at 35 miles per hour. It looks like something a ninja turtle would use to cruise the sewers of New York.

Its driver, Anthony Michel, does circles around one of the ships his company, Vice Boat Club, uses to ferry partygoers through South Florida waters. Today, the ship is escorting members of the press into the Intracoastal Waterway to see the product in action. Michel approaches the boat before coming to a full stop.

The Frenchman asks everyone onboard who would like to go next.

He's showing off the G2X, an electric-powered jet board he claims is the future of watersports. Created by Swedish entrepreneur Alexander Lind, the G2X is new to many watersports markets, including Miami, but it's already made a big splash. An image of Richard Branson clowning around on a G2X gave the product something of a publicity boost back in 2017.
click to enlarge Anthony Michel demonstrates how beginners should start using the board. - NICHOLAS OLIVERA
Anthony Michel demonstrates how beginners should start using the board.
Nicholas Olivera
Radinn, the Swedish-based company producing the G2X, is attempting to get American water enthusiasts excited about its engine-powered board. That’s where Michel and Florimon “Flo” Richer come in. The duo operates Vice Boat Club in South Beach and started working for Radinn when the company began taking steps to launch in the United States.


“They were scouting, looking for partners,” Richer says about Radinn, “people to represent them here.”

Radinn brought its board to the Miami International Boat Show in February, followed by an appearance at the Palm Beach International Boat Show the last weekend of March. One of their primary selling points is how convenient the G2X is compared to a Jet Ski. In fact, its promoters compare the board to a Jet Ski throughout this writer's entire encounter with it.

The company is looking for U.S. retailers interested in acquiring the G2X, although the product is already available to order online for the hefty sum of 10,000 euros. According to Richer, 250 units of the G2X prototype had already been preordered ahead of the product’s official launch in Miami.

Radinn has its eye on South Florida as the ideal location for their product to flourish.

“Florida is the best place for riding,” Richer says. “We have sun almost every day of the year.”
click to enlarge Michel cruises alongside Star Island. - NICHOLAS OLIVERA
Michel cruises alongside Star Island.
Nicholas Olivera
Michel gives everyone on the boat a tutorial on how to use the G2X. He explains everything, from properly mounting the board to using the Bluetooth control that regulates its speed. The ankle strap attached to the board via magnet is also important: The G2X halts once the strap is detached from the board. I compare the strap’s function to that of a safety cord used to stop a treadmill.

“It is just a switch off,” Michel says. “Like on a Jet Ski.”

The board itself is easy to maneuver. While it requires some level of mastery to pop up surfer style, an uncoordinated amateur such as myself had a pretty good time safely cruising atop the G2X like a boogie board out of Tony Stark's workshop.

I hit the board's maximum speed of 35 mph maybe once or twice during my encounter. I could've done it more often, but I was a beginner. My fear of smashing into the side of a yacht or careening into one of the luxury backyards of Star Island outweighed my need for speed.

For this novice test driver, everything went fine. It's a fun ride. But that 10,000-euro price tag is steep. And after South Florida's many Jet Ski mishaps over the years, I was left wondering whether the G2X would one day become an accessory in future Florida Man stories.
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Nicholas Olivera is a South Florida-based journalist who graduated with a degree in broadcast media from Florida International University. He claims to be from Miami Lakes, but really it's Hialeah.
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