Foil surfing is one of the hottest and most thrilling extreme sports. It's leading surfers to previously unseen waves and providing spectacular experiences on previously unrideable days.
An efoil lifts the board above the water's surface. Surfers can now catch a wave even in a no-wake zone.
What is an efoil?
An efoil is a board that is powered electrically and has a 3ft mast, silent motor, and double fins on its belly. After reaching a particular speed and balance, the board rises from the water, creating the illusion of "levity."
Efoils, unlike traditional foil boards, do not need the strength of waves to lift above the water since they are powered by a battery and propeller. Its sleek electric motor and rechargeable battery power the eFoil. The portable wireless controller powers your board and connects to the eFoil via Bluetooth.
The eFoil rider does not need to paddle for waves or pump the board with their legs to keep it moving. An eFoil is the world's most compact personal, powered watercraft.
How much do they cost?
The cost of a complete eFoil system ranges from $8,000 to $12,000. Similar to surfing, the price of the board is determined by the quality, technology, and size desired. Flifoil, Fliteboard, and Lift Foils are some prominent brands in the sport of eFoiling right now. These firms are recognized for producing high-quality foil sets with outstanding warranties and a wide range of safety and performance features.
Brands providing eFoil configurations for far less than Flifoil, Flite and Lift are oversaturating the market. These boards, often only come without any quality or warranty assurances. To decide which brand and type of eFoil is ideal for you, we advise reading reviews, conducting extensive research, and speaking with your neighborhood eFoil merchant.
FAQs About eFoiling
Can anyone eFoil?
- Not everyone should participate in eFoiling. Specialists advise that participants in the sport be at least 16 years old, I have however seen a 10-year-old shred pretty hard on Flifoil’s Big Boy Blue Board. Surfers who weigh more than 250 pounds should speak with the board's manufacturer before buying as the majority of eFoil boards are designed to support riders up to this weight.
- Remember that bigger riders will have shorter battery lives and slower foiling speeds.
Is eFoiling similar to snowboarding or surfing?
- Compared to board sports like surfing, snowboarding, skating, and others, eFoiling is significantly different. However, there are many similar abilities needed for both balancing and rotating the board. You don't need any prior knowledge to begin eFoiling, it will probably speed up your learning curve if you have expertise with other board sports.
Is eFoiling dangerous?
- EFoiling is not a very challenging activity, and even brand-new beginners will find eFoils simple to operate. During the learning phase, you'll probably fall off the board a few times, but the majority of eFoil models have built-in kill switches to shut off the board when the controller trigger is released when the kill switch magnet is disconnected or the controller comes into contact with water.
- When utilizing an eFoil, experts recommend wearing safety gear such as a helmet, boots, rash guards, and a life jacket to prevent injuries.
Do eFoils require maintenance?
- Quality eFoil systems are made to withstand corrosion and other water-related harm. Although they often need little to no care, they should always be thoroughly washed with fresh water after each usage. Until your next session, keep your eFoil dry and shaded, and before using it carefully check it to make sure all the bolts, screws, and seals are tight as well as checking for any damage.
Where can I ride an eFoil?
- You can eFoil on any body of water, including lakes, rivers, and the ocean. You don't need waves to move the eFoil because the engine does the propulsion. Use your eFoil to spot rare aquatic creatures, discover new rivers, or ride waves in the ocean. When you can fly above almost any body of water, your options are virtually limitless.
- The depth of the water is the sole restriction. To prevent bottoming out, which would likely result in a collision and possible damage to the foil's wing, it should be as deep as the mast of the eFoil.