How are PEDAL boards different from conventional paddleboards?
Unlike conventional paddleboards, pedal boards are propelled through the water by utilizing Hobie’s innovative and exclusive MirageDrive propulsion system. The MirageDrive system is powered by your leg muscles (the largest muscle group in the human body), so there are no awkward body twisting paddling movements or unnatural standing stances. Pedal boards are very stable and MUCH easier to master than conventional paddleboards. Pedal boards also feature rudder controls to make turns a snap.
How does the MirageDrive propulsion system work?
Nobody explains it better than its creator, Hobie...Click on the following link to watch a short video about how the Mirage Eclipse Pedal Board and the MirageDrive system works. Hobie Eclipse Features
Who can ride a pedal board?
Persons of all types and ages have come to love our new pedal boards! Kids, women and men with experience in other balance based sports tend to master pedal boards the quickest, but just about anyone will find pedal boards MUCH easier than conventional paddleboards. The 12ft long board is almost 8 inches thick and 35 inches wide, so it is VERY stable in the water.
Will I get wet?
Yes...Although you have a much better chance of staying on the pedal board once you’re up (compared to a conventional paddle board), you still have to get in the water to about your waist before you can get onto the pedal board.
Will I fall off?
Most likely...The pedal boards are MUCH easier to master than conventional paddleboards, but there can still be a learning curve for some people. Women and kids tend to master the board right away because (on average) they have a lower center of gravity. Men tend to be taller and therefore are more prone to tipping, but mastering the pedal board is simply a matter of balance. If a taller person has experience in other sports that require good balance, they will probably have no trouble at all. In most cases, it just takes a few dunks into the warm Hawaiian water before one is able to stay standing for the rest of their adventure.
What happens when I fall off?
You get wet...We instruct people that if they feel like they are going to fall, just let go. By letting go of the handle bars and allowing yourself to take a dunk off the board (if you are losing your balance and are going to fall), the board will stay upright and you can simply pull yourself back onto the board and start again. It is very common at first to instinctually hold onto the handlebars and pull the board over with you while you are falling. If this happens, reach over to the other side of the board and use your weight to pull the board over to flip it back upright.
If I fall off, will the board leave me?
Not if you’re wearing the provided ankle leash...We provide the ankle leash free of charge as an additional level of water safety. By wearing the ankle leash, if you fall off the board, the board will always stay close enough to swim to it (or pull it to you). Unlike extremely light conventional SUPs, pedal boards do not have the tendency to shoot away from you when you fall off. More often than not, the pedal board will still be floating right next to you if you fall off.