Exploring the world of eFoils

By David Trewern

Imagine gliding effortlessly above the water's surface, feeling the wind in your hair and freedom in your heart. Welcome to the world of eFoils, an innovative and thrilling way to experience the beauty and excitement of watersports. In this article, we will explain what eFoils are, how they work and the key differences between eFoils and traditional hydrofoils.

What is an efoil?

What is an eFoil?

An eFoil is a revolutionary watercraft that combines surfing, hydrofoiling and electric propulsion. A surfboard-like deck is equipped with a hydrofoil below the water's surface. The hydrofoil is connected to a powerful electric motor, usually mounted in a waterproof compartment beneath the board. This motor drives a propeller or jet at the base of the mast. The forward thrust that is created allows the rider to glide above the water's surface at impressive speeds, without the need for wind or waves.

Why is it called an eFoil?

The term eFoil is short for electric hydrofoil or electric hydrofoil surfboard.

How Does an eFoil Work?

By harnessing the principles of hydrodynamics and electric propulsion, eFoils create a unique riding experience. The hydrofoil, with its wings submerged beneath the water, generates lift as the board gains speed. This lift elevates the board and reduces drag. The result is smooth and effortless gliding above the water.

The electric motor is powered by a rechargeable battery. Rather than relying on wind or waves, this motor provides the necessary thrust to propel the eFoil forward. Riders control the speed with a handheld wireless remote or a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone application. They can use their body weight to lean into hard carves and other aquatic manoeuvres.

eFoil vs. Hydrofoil

While eFoils and traditional hydrofoils share similarities, the key difference is that eFoils are more accessible to a wider audience. Due to better stability and adjustable speed settings, the learning curve is much easier on an eFoil. A hydrofoil’s lack of electric motor means riders need to pump their legs to get back out for the next set of waves. For many, the combination of physical demand, skill and experience puts hydrofoiling out of reach.

eFoil vs Fliteboard

There are a number of eFoil brands in the market, with boards in different sizes, shapes and designs. Whether you are a beginner or performance rider, there are many boards to choose from. Fliteboard is the most premium eFoil brand, with a range of market-leading eFoils that are high performing, innovative and hand-finished.

Future of watersports

The future of watersports

With the ease of learning and thrill of flying over water on electric power, eFoiling has captured the hearts of water enthusiasts around the world. The combination of technology, adventure and environmental consciousness gives us a new way forward on the water. The versatility of an eFoil allows you to have an exhilarating experience riding waves or a serene journey over calm water. You’ll never forget your first time eFoiling, and the progression is endless.