Beach Riding - Yes or No

  • Hey gang,

    I frequently ride on a path along the beach and often feel tempted to ride on the wet packed sand during low tide but I don't want to risk damaging my beloved OW. Anyone have any experience with this? Any horror stories?

    Enjoy the wknd!

  • @BriFi OW can handle it no prob, I've done it several times without issue. I put a piece of waterproof tape over the on/off button and the charging port to keep water + sand out. Best to do it when tide's at its lowest, that way you get a wider stretch of harder packed sand to ride on. A lot of riders keep a tide chart app on their phone for this reason. After a beach ride I like to wipe down OW with a damp cloth to get the salt water and sand off. Where you at, Culver City?

  • @groovyruvy Nice. Can you take a hose and fully spray off the OW to get it extra clean? I'm a few blocks from the Grove. You?

  • @BriFi I suppose you could hose it down (and some in fact do) but my feeling is it's not a great idea, and others in this forum have expressed similar views. Concern being that somehow water could find its way to the sensitive electronics inside the board. I prefer to use a damp wet rag to wipe down everything but the wood footboards. If it's really dirty I'll hit it with a Lysol wipe. For the wood footpads I hit them with a soft bristle brush and then if I really want them clean I hit them with this sanding belt cleaner I'm in Mar Vista not far from Penmar Golf Course and have a ton of sweet local riding spots. If you wanna ride let me know, I'd be glad to make it over your way as I'm jones-ing for something new. @thehoff is coming to visit us from Ireland mid-October and we'll be looking to tear it up as much as possible.

  • Definitely yes. I ride various beaches near by all the time here's some recent footage

  • @BriFi


    would you rather walk across the sand like someone not from the future?

  • I ride on the beach every week.. best to ride at low tide in the hard packed sand.. I always hose down and scrub with a soft brush.. then hose again.. I quickly dry and stand the board on its end.. I've removed foot pads to clean underneath them a few times and all seems good..

  • I've done it also and it did not go well. I was in fresh water up to the axle and the board died 20 minutes later. Had to be sent back to replace the battery. YMMV
    If you are in salt water I would rinse the board with fresh water after.
    The biggest issue i saw when disassembling it after was the plugs going into the controller do not have blanks in the terminals where there are no wires allowing water to pass through a hole into the connector.

  • i thought Onewheel is an amphibious vehicle. i was planning on riding it straight into the ocean and the riding it back like a surf board.

  • And remember, water doesn't hurt electronics as long as there's no current running through it when it gets wet. So just be sure you turn off the unit before rinsing it with fresh water after riding through salt water, and hang it from a clothes line to dry for a day before turning it on again. Use extra strong clothes pins.

  • i'm gonna seal off my board and fill the tire with ammonia and ride it on the bottom of the ocean.

    i never thought i would wear a helmet in a Onewheel.

  • I used to ride on the beach but no more, had bad nose dive fall on the way back, board locked up at speed and stayed that way. Sent in for repair and reason given was water got into control module.

  • Oh ya, YES on the beach riding..right up there with golf courses and full moons. Dip it in WD-40 and go for it!

  • @wr420 Got to love WD-40. ;-)

  • @BriFi here is my beach ride ;)
    Just awesome sensations ;)

  • Go for it,
    Start upwind then come back down wind for max speed and less juice pumped :

    PS: Don't sink it though ! rince it nice and let it dry.

  • Its one main reasons I bought one..

  • @BriFi I ride on the beach fairly often. One of my favorite rides is in cape may point, New Jersey if anyone ever gets the chance to go. It starts on off-road running/biking nature trails that zigzag parallel to the beach for about 2-3 miles depending on which trails you take and you could take ones that are 10+ miles long. Then you can take a trail that leads directly to the beach and starts you off on flat ground with lots of pebbles and slowly you begin to climb a large hard packed sand hill. Once you reach the top is when the real fun starts and you get to ride down the other side and get on to the actual beach. Like everyone else has recommended go at low tide and don't fully submerge your board in the water. I avoid the water and super wet sand as much as possible just because you get no benefit anyway going through the water so why take the chance.

  • The sand has to be right; my mistake was riding at low tide on a mucky beach. The wheel was soon caked with a thick layer and it put a lot of strain on the battery. It turned out to be less fun than I had imagined. Riding barefoot was definitely the only way to go, as flipflops were worse than useless and wouldn't stay on the board!

  • @Rno Sorry, your video was too long, I couldn't sit through the whole thing ;)

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