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Title:
ELECTRICALLY POWERED, WATER-JET PROPELLED SURFBOARD
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/143276
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The disclosure relates to a surfboard comprising a surfboard body (1) extending along a longitudinal direction (L) and having an upper surface and a bottom surface, an electrical battery pack (2) being removably positioned in an upper compartment accessible from the upper surface, and an electrically driven water-jet configured to propel the surfboard and being provided with electrical power from the electrical battery pack, wherein the electrically driven water-jet is provided in a propulsion module (3) being removably positioned in a lower compartment accessible from the lower surface, wherein the upper compartment and the lower compartment partly overlaps each other as seen along the longitudinal direction (L).

Inventors:
LIND, Alexander (Simrishamnsgatan 24, MALMÖ, 214 23, SE)
BECKMANN, Esbjörn (Alströmergatan 6, MALMÖ, 216 19, SE)
Application Number:
SE2018/051262
Publication Date:
July 25, 2019
Filing Date:
December 10, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
RADINN AB (Grimsbygatan 24, MALMÖ, 211 20, SE)
International Classes:
B63B35/79; B63H21/17
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
AWA SWEDEN AB (Box 5117, MALMÖ, 200 71, SE)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. Surfboard comprising

a surfboard body (1 ) extending along a longitudinal direction (L) and having an upper surface and a bottom surface,

an electrical battery pack (2) being removably positioned in an upper compartment accessible from the upper surface, and

an electrically driven water-jet configured to propel the surfboard and being provided with electrical power from the electrical battery pack, wherein the electrically driven water-jet is provided in a propulsion module (3) being removably positioned in a lower compartment accessible from the lower surface,

wherein the upper compartment and the lower compartment partly overlaps each other a distance (d) as seen along the longitudinal direction (L).

2. Surfboard according to claim 1 , wherein the upper compartment and the lower compartment partly overlaps each other as seen along a height direction extending between the upper surface and the bottom surface of the surfboard.

3. Surfboard according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the battery pack (2) is directly connected to an electric circuitry of the propulsion module (3).

4. Surfboard according to any one of claims 1 -3, wherein the

propulsion module is provided with an electrical connector (7) provided in and fixed relative to an upper wall of the propulsion module, the electrical connector (7) being configured to be directly connected to the battery pack (2). 5. Surfboard according to any one of claims 1 -4, wherein the battery pack (2) is provided with an electrical connector provided in and fixed relative to a lower wall of the battery pack (2).

6. Surfboard according to any one of claims 1 -5, wherein the jet- propulsion module (3) comprises a jet-box (4) forming circumferential walls of a water channel, a directly attachable electric motor (5) and a directly mountable electronic drive module (6) comprising circuitry for controlling the electric motor (5), wherein a drive shaft from the electric motor (5) extends in rearward direction through a wall of the water channel and along and inside a rear portion of the water channel. 7. Surfboard according to any one of claims 6, wherein the jet-box (4) is made of heat-conducting material, such as aluminium, allowing heat to be transferred out to the surrounding water.

8. Surfboard according to any one of claims 6 or 7, wherein an impeller (8), a stator (9) and a jet-cone (10) is mounted rearward of the jet-box (4).

9. Surfboard according to claim 8, wherein the stator (9) and the impeller (8) are dismountable in a rearward direction. 10. Surfboard according to any one of claims 1 -8, wherein the battery pack (2) is a replaceable and rechargeable water tight pack.

Description:
ELECTRICALLY POWERED. WATER-JET PROPELLED SURFBOARD

Field of invention

The invention relates to a surfboard, and especially to an electrically powered, water jet-propelled surfboard.

Technical Background

US 2011/0201238 A1 discloses an electrically powered, water-jet propelled surfboard. However, the technical design makes it difficult to manufacture the board and install the propulsion system. It is also difficult to perform fault-finding and service.

US 7,731 ,555 also discloses a powered surfboard. This surfboard is designed to preserve energy of surfer during paddling. Furthermore, the design of also this surfboard makes it difficult to manufacture the board and install the propulsion system. It is also difficult to perform fault-finding and service.

Thus, there exist a need for an improved electrically powered water-jet propelled surfboard addressing amongst others the above discussed problems with the prior art surfboards. Summary of invention

It is an object of the invention to provide an electrically powered water- jet propelled surfboard addressing amongst others the above discussed problems with the prior art surfboards.

This object has been achieved by a surfboard comprising

a surfboard body extending along a longitudinal direction and having an upper surface and a bottom surface,

an electrical battery pack being removably positioned in an upper compartment accessible from the upper surface, and

an electrically driven water-jet configured to propel the surfboard and being provided with electrical power from the electrical battery pack, wherein the electrically driven water-jet is provided in a propulsion module being removably positioned in a lower compartment accessible from the lower surface,

wherein the upper compartment and the lower compartment partly overlaps each other a distance as seen along the longitudinal direction. This configuration of the compartments allows for the battery pack to be directly connected to electric circuitry of the propulsion module. Directly connected is intended to mean a connection without any wiring extending inside the body of the surfboard.

Preferred embodiments appear in the dependent claims and in the description.

The upper compartment and the lower compartment partly may overlap each other as seen along a height direction extending between the upper surface and the bottom surface of the surfboard.

The battery pack may be directly connected to electric circuitry of the propulsion module.

The propulsion module may be provided with an electrical connector provided in and fixed relative to an upper wall of the propulsion module, the electrical connector being configured to be directly connected to the battery pack.

The battery pack may be provided with an electrical connector provided in and fixed relative to a lower wall of the battery pack.

The jet-propulsion module may comprise a jet-box forming

circumferential walls of a water channel, a directly attachable electric motor and a directly mountable electronic drive module comprising circuitry for controlling the electric motor. A drive shaft from the electric motor may extend in rearward direction through a wall of the water channel and along and inside a rear portion of the water channel.

The jet-box may be made of heat-conducting material, such as aluminium, allowing heat to be transferred out to the surrounding water.

An impeller, a stator and a jet-cone may be mounted rearward of the jet-box.

The stator and the impeller may be dismountable in a rearward direction.

The battery pack may be a replaceable and rechargeable water tight pack.

Brief description of the drawings

The invention will by way of example be described in more detail with reference to the appended schematic drawings, which shows a presently preferred embodiment of the invention.

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a surfboard. Figure 2 is an exploded view of the surfboard of figure 1.

Figure 2b is a cross-sectional view basically corresponding to figure 2. Figure 3 is a cross-sectional view of the surfboard of figures 1 and 2.

Detailed description of preferred embodiments

The present disclosure generally relates to modularisation of an electrically powered surf-board. In short the complete surf-board comprises a surfboard body 1 , a battery pack 2, and a jet-propulsion module 3.

The surfboard body 1 is made of light-weight material. In a preferred embodiment the surfboard body 1 is made with a sandwiched design with a durable top and bottom shell, filled with a lightweight foam. Other designs of the actual surfboard body could also be possible.

In more detail, the surfboard comprises

a surfboard body 1 extending along a longitudinal direction L and having an upper surface and a bottom surface,

an electrical battery pack 2 being removably positioned in an upper compartment 2a accessible from the upper surface, and

an electrically driven water-jet configured to propel the surfboard and being provided with electrical power from the electrical battery pack, wherein the electrically driven water-jet is provided in a propulsion module 3 being removably positioned in a lower compartment 3a accessible from the lower surface,

wherein the upper compartment and the lower compartment partly overlaps each other a distance d as seen along the longitudinal direction L.

In the preferred embodiment, the upper compartment is, apart from the overlap, positioned in front of the lower compartment.

The battery or battery pack 2 is a replaceable & re-chargeable water- tight pack that allows changing the battery even in wet conditions. The battery pack is mounted in the board and the battery connector connects directly to the propulsion module 3 without any wiring between them. This may also be said to be an electrical surfboard 1 arranged with overlapping modules 2 and 3 such that electrical cables within the surfboard 1 can be excluded.

The jet-propulsion module 3 comprises a jetbox 4, a directly attachable electric motor 5 and a directly mountable electronic drive module 6 and a battery connector 7 that exits upwards through the board without any wiring inside the actual board body 1. This allows for a number of advantages relating to simplified and cost -reduced manufacturing process, as well as simplified fault-finding and service / replacement of the jet module.

Further, the jet-box 4 is made of heat-conducting material such as aluminium that efficiently allows the heat loss created in the electric motor 5, the drive module 6 and the connector 7 to be transferred out to the

surrounding water.

This arrangement of an integrated & supporting jet-box module gives several benefits not only for heat conduction but also allows easy pre- production of complete finished modules 3 as well as easy service & module replacement in the field, without the need for skilled service engineers.

It also enables low-lead time production advantages where several versions of the complete boards can be assembled with pre-produced modules according to specific customer orders without the need of having to build each unique order from scratch.

Further, a plurality of board designs can through this modularisation easily be sourced from various suppliers.

Rear of the jet-box 4, the impeller 8, the stator 9 and the jet-cone 10 is mounted. This arrangement is made such that e.g. a damaged impeller can easily be replaced simply by removing the stator & impeller package, without having to remove the entire jet-box.

It is contemplated that there are numerous modifications of the embodiments described herein, which are still within the scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.

The battery packs may for instance be mounted from the rear of board, in a compartment having a mouth through a rear surface of the surfboard body and/or a mouth through the upper surface, while still avoiding need of wiring inside the surfboard body.