Jetboard Limited – Interview Wayne Brooks
Wayne Brooks from Jetboard Limited is an jetboard industry expert and organiser of the Allstar Jetboard Tour powered by E-Surfer, Jetsurfingnation and Motosurfnation.
Time to interview Wayne to learn more about his motivations and plans for the future. He has 2 decades of Jetboard experience.
Wayne, when you were a teenager, which were your most favourite sports you did yourself?
Wayne Brooks from Jetboard Limited:
My two main and favourites sports as a teenage were riding motorbikes and surfing.
My first motorbike was bought in pieces and I had to hide it away because I was not allowed to have one.
I slowly and secretly managed to put it together with help from friends and I got it running.
I remember sneaking the bike out of the garden, starting it up and flying off down the main road with no license, no crash helmet, no idea how to ride it and only wearing a pair of shorts with no shirt and no shoes.
I felt like king of the road for about two minutes and then the throttle stuck while at full speed, breaks failed, clutch cable snapped and I managed to not only hit the one and only tree on the side of the road but I actually rode up the tree and pulled off my first backflip on a motorbike.
I luckily got away with only losing a lot of skin and the only thing that was really hurt was my pride. I collected all the pieces of my bike and took them back to my hiding place.
I tried telling my dad that I slipped while running into the swimming pool but by then the whole neighbourhood knew what happened so I got caught out and my motorbike days were put on hold until I proved I could be trusted again.
I don’t think the trust moment ever came and I ended up fixing the bike and getting it back on the road a few months later.
I always wanted to surf but I never had a surfboard and I lived a bit far away from the beach. My first surfing experience was when a friend and myself took his dads huge big classic longboard one day without having permission.
The board was so big and heavy and the beach was so far that it took us the whole day to get to the beach. We were so excited though and we ended up
trying to learn to surf and before we knew it we were surfing in the dark.
We hid the board away and got home as quickly as we could but it was midnight and again I had some silly excuse that my dad didn’t believe. Myself and my friend spent the next week trying to get this huge big heavy monster of a long board closer to home each day while hiding it in the evening and doing
the same thing each day for a week until it was home safe and sound.
My second surfing experience was when I manage to offend the biggest bully on the beach and instead of taking a beating from him I took his surfboard and paddled out and wouldn’t come back to the shore.
After a couple of hours of getting bashed about in large surf and just trying to stay alive I got washed up on the beach but the big beach bully was so entertained by me spending two hours trying not to drown that he decided to spare me and instead he ended up teaching me to surf.
This was the beginning of one of the best things that ever happened to me.
Went on to surf the rest of my life and I had my own label called Blue Blood where myself and friends shaped many surfboards.
We had an international Surfing business where we had surfers come from all over the world to stay with us in South Africa and they learnt to shape their own boards and got to surf some beautiful secret spots with us.
When did you get involved in motorised surfboards?This is custom heading element
Wayne Brooks from Jetboard Limited:
I started getting involved in motorised surfboards about 20 years ago.
Long before any of the new boards came out I was already a fan of all the old classic boards and over the years together with family and friends we manage to buy, repair and rebuild many old classic jetboards.
I have collected owned and had virtually every single jetboard that has ever existed.
When it comes to classics and collectables I’m a real sucker for punishment and I just cant say no to them. I have traveled many a long road to go and buy someones pile of junk and most the time have managed to turn it into a
I have had to slow down a bit on the old boards as they end up costing a lot of money and I’m running out of space. Most my family and friends that have space have at least one old board of mine stored at their place.
So if you know anyone thats selling an old board then let me know. If you know anyone who has spare storage space then let me know that too please.
The first time I saw a Jetsurf I could not believe my eyes. I had to have one. I couldn’t believe that a jetboard existed that one person could carry.
Normally we would have three or even four people carrying a jetboard. We were amongst the first people in the UK to get Jetsurf’s and although they were early models that required fixing nearly every time we road them we just couldn’t help but fall in love with the boards and the sport.
All our family and friends started getting boards and because we were the pioneers and the main guys riding we naturally became the people everyone turned to for help.
We started off as a jetboard club and we naturally evolved into a company called Jet Board Limited. By 2014 jetboards were becoming a big part of our lives and we were getting involved with all the other jetboard brands.
From 2014 onwards we made a point of keeping up to date and informed on who’s who in the industry and we started growing with the industry. We bought, tested, unfortunately broke, fixed and rode every board we could get our hands and not a board came out without us knowing and trying it.
It had started and there was no turning back.
How did your first motorised surfboard look like?
Wayne Brooks from Jetboard Limited:
My first motorised surfboard looked like a small boat and the second looked like a huge yellow banana.
The surf jet has a big box on the back where the engine is housed. These boards are quite heavy and some of them even come with their own trailers for towing.
I still have quite a few Surf Jets in my collection and they are quite fast and powerful for their time.
The next board was the powerski which is pretty powerful and quite a serious piece of equipment. Had powerski continued to evolve and make progress this would have been the jetboard of the future.
Powerski really started off on the right track but just didn’t take it to the next level.
Unfortunately I think the cheap Chinese copy market help ruined things for both of these boards. Nobody could compete with the Chinese prices and the poor quality that the Chinese were selling pretty much destroyed the market.
Not counting the old classics my first new board was a Jetsurf and it looked beautiful.
I know the guy who has it and it still looks beautiful today. That first Jetsurf was a dream come true for me and nothing could have looked better.
If you knew the amount of hours I spent just looking at it and
admiring it you would be shocked.