If you’re trying to figure out how to take your next relaxing vacation to the next level, consider exploring the world’s top destinations via eFoil. As a brief introduction: an eFoil is a hydrofoil with a high-energy lithium-ion battery that powers an electric motor. All of this is then controlled by a wireless Bluetooth hand remote. Basically, it allows you to surf above the water, but unlike traditional surfing, it also means you can explore waterways where waves or wind might not be readily available. It’s a great way to see a whole new side of some of the world’s most beautiful places while engaging your body and your mind, no matter your level of expertise. Demo locations located around the globe mean that you can get yourself (or anybody in your family or group) riding in about 30 minutes. And once you’ve got the hang of it, we would be willing to bet money you’ll be hooked. Really, there’s no feeling that compares.
Miami is the United State’s warmest destination during winter, so keep it in mind if you’re looking for a good place to weather the storm. Because the city is home to endless waterways, it’s also a great place to learn to foil. The folks at E-FoilUSA will get you going so that you can soar in a protected, flat water basin surrounded by mangrove forests and see the city sparkling behind you. Beginners can take time to safely learn and more advanced foilers can practice and improve their technique. All of this is situated just minutes away from fun-packed sand bars, the Brickell Bay boardwalk, and South Beach’s islands.
Ibiza and Mallorca
The Spanish Balearic Islands, located just east of Spain, provide ample opportunities for some of the Meditteranean’s finest foiling. In Ibiza and Mallorca, the waves don’t break often, the climate is mild and sunny, and the water is gentle and crystal clear. Both islands boast multiple Blue Flag beaches, meaning they reach high standards of environmental care and quality. Glide silently past pristine coastlines and secluded coves while you take in the vastness of the protected underwater ecosystems. Ibiza Foils offers lessons and foil rentals on both islands.
Ocean City, NJ
Located on New Jersey’s coastal shore and home to old school boardwalks and seaside attractions, Ocean City has a little bit of everything when it comes to foiling: flat water for beginners, open ocean swell for advanced riders, and breezy back bay canals for leisurely tours. Leading Edge Kite School caters to foilers of all levels. Advanced riders can get out there with the Lift folding prop and ride larger swells or come in closer and have fun in the shore break. Added bonus: it’s not at all uncommon for dolphins to join in for the ride.
Jamaica is one of the Caribbean’s most scenic islands and the preserved city of Falmouth, located between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, is one of its most awe-inspiring treasures. Warm, clear waters and lush nature make for an ideal foiling setting. If you start at Falmouth Lagoon, where Lift Foil Jamaica is located, you’ll get to see the water change from turquoise to deep blue while taking in many of the island’s picture-perfect white-sand beaches.
Rincon, Puerto Rico
The air and water temperatures in Puerto Rico are pretty much perfect all year round, so you can always escape there. The island has several incredible beaches for foiling, including Crash Boat beach in Aguadilla (where Lift was born). In the Caribbean, trade winds blow from east to west. Rincon—where the folks at Seakindly Foil School are located—faces west-southwest, so most of the time conditions there are flat, fun, and very safe for foiling. There’s also a ton of sea life to check out as you fly above the water. More secluded than the capital city of San Juan, Rincon also has some of the best surf waves in Puerto Rico. In fact, it’s widely called Puerto Rico’s surf capital.
The small yet impressive emirate of Dubai greets a foiling newcomer with warm, welcoming waters and scenic views around the infamous Burj Al Arab Hotel or the Palm Jumeirah (a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree). Setting off with Ibiza Foils, you can also fly the Dubai Water Canal, a 14-km canal that runs from the old town of the Dubai Creek and cuts through Dubai’s main artery, the Sheikh Zayed Road, across to the busiest part of the Business Bay, where the tallest building in the world stands. Imagine taking that all in while calmly surfing—truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Monaco, a tiny state just off France’s Mediterranean coast, is best known for its luxurious yachting and car racing scenes but it’s also an incredible place to foil. Riders of all levels can have a great time flying over the calm waters of the French Riviera and catching a fantastic view of the city, its bustling ports, and the hilly natural landscape. Monaco is an especially eco-friendly city, so innovative tech toys like the Lift eFoil, which is silent and electric, fit right in. Luxury Water Toys rents eFoils, gives lessons, and is located just steps from the heart of town.
From remote lakes to the Puget Soun, anywhere you cruise on the eFoil around Seattle will amaze you. A foiling experience with Urban Surf is an adventurous change of scenery, especially if you’re used to more tropical destinations. Grab a wetsuit (this is key), breathe in the salty air, and take in the rocky, rugged, and wild expanses that can only be found in this part of the U.S.
Traveling elsewhere? Check out our demo map to see where you can schedule a lesson to explore your destination in a totally unique way.