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Experience the Freedom of Flight

eFoil

As anyone who loves adventuring out on the water knows, the experience of moving quickly among the elements can provide a sense of quiet and calm, and also of thrill and exhilaration. Electric foiling, in which a rider lifts above the water on a board attached to a mast with a motorized propeller system (otherwise known as an eFoil), is one of the fastest growing trends in the water sports market. Seeing these impressive watercraft in action, it’s easy to understand why this one-of-a-kind experience is taking off.

Much of what makes foiling so appealing is the inherent joy in the adventure. It’s accessible and easy to pick up, with most riders comfortably gliding over the water within an hour of their first lesson—regardless of their athletic prowess. And unlike boating, it’s something almost anyone can try, since you don’t need a special license or permit to operate an eFoil. The rider isn’t overburdened by needing to master a special skill, which frees up the mind and spirit for true exploration.

Despite the complex technology and dedicated craftsmanship that leads to such a smooth and seamless ride, the mechanics of using an eFoil are relatively uncomplicated. The rider controls the eFoil with a handheld remote to reach the desired speed and can fly fast and yet never touch the surface of the water. It’s absolutely exhilarating. For families ready to bond on vacation together and solo riders who are driven to set out on their own path, foiling is a great, safe option. A rider can cruise in places where a boat or jetski couldn’t necessarily go, allowing for a singular peaceful connectedness with nature.

Since the eFoil’s motor is silent and powered by a battery, there’s no sound or gas pollution, unlike other watercraft. The rider is peaceful and weightless, but in complete control, soaring over the water. A more serious foiler can up the ante and crank up the intensity by confronting larger swells and getting air. The ride all depends on what the rider wants, allowing for a more personalized journey. This versatility just can’t be found in other water sports. The eFoil can be used on choppy seas, ocean swells, riding behind a boat, on rough rivers, or in quiet lakes. Any body of water that’s shoulder deep is fair game, and the next adventure is always within reach.

Since the eFoils are easier to disassemble and transport than a jet ski, for example, owners can take them along on a boat trip. This adaptability means that there are many different ways to have serious fun with this incredibly innovative technology.

Among companies that are active in the foiling world, Lift, a ten-year-old foil company based in Puerto Rico, has set itself apart with its eFoil, which has already shipped to close to a thousand people worldwide since 2018. For Lift Founder Nick Leason, the hustle is all about getting as many people out onto the water as possible. “People ride the hell out these boards! It’s great,” Nick says. “Our demographic ranges from the world champion of surfing to the guy that never even dreamt about it. There’s just something majestic about flying over the water.” From the thrill of the wave to the calm of a lake, you control your own destiny on the eFoil.

Breaking down the eFoil

Experience the Freedom of Flight - Electric Foil

Nearly ten years ago, Nick Leason set out on a mission to bring the experience of flight over water to as many people as possible. His company Lift has since introduced the world to the first self-propelled electric surfboard, or eFoil. “We’re opening up foilboarding to a wide demographic of people,” Nick says of Lift. “Imagine that you’ve never surfed before. Now you’ve purchased an eFoil and you can carve perfect turns as you glide above the surface of any body of water and connect with nature. It’s the best feeling in the world.” Nick and his team meticulously crafted each of the eFoil’s components so that riders of all skill levels can easily rise up on the hydrofoil and glide at speeds of 25 miles an hour and over.

The board and hydrofoil

The optimal foiling board has to tick a number of boxes: it has to be strong but light, stable but small in size, rigid but thin, fully sealed but accessible. The Lift team spent years perfecting a board that fits within all of these parameters, and now they’re leading the market. Lift’s hydrofoils and boards are made out of carbon fiber, the best possible material due to its strength, rigidity, minimal weight, and excellent feel in the water.

The battery

The eFoil’s custom Lithium battery pack is equipped with a sophisticated battery management system to meet the highest safety standards. As Nick explains, “All battery packs are not created equal, and ours is top of the food chain.” The battery is powered to carry riders at top speeds for an hour and only takes two hours for a full recharge.

The motor

Lift contracted the best motor engineer in the U.S. to build a machine that could efficiently convert electrical power to mechanical power, to keep riders moving smoothly through the water. “I’m still impressed by what our motor can do,” Nick says, “and how well it’s holding up to the elements.” The motor on Lift’s eFoil is designed to be an extension of the rider and, because it’s electric, there’s no delay from command to action. Leveraging the eFoil’s built-in computer, which is programmed to set the perfect accelerations, decelerations, and speed outlets, the rider gets unparalleled stability and control.

The wireless Bluetooth hand controller

Lift’s team had to solve for the fact that radio waves don’t travel through salt water and carbon fiber. “You’d think that there are many waterproof wireless hand controllers in the world capable of throttle control,” Nick says, “but there were none. We invented it, and it was a beast of a project!” By pressing the throttle on the eFoil’s wireless hand controller, riders control their ride’s speed; the motor automatically shuts down when the controller is released or hits the water. The Lift team made sure the controller displays speed settings, alerts, and battery charge percentages too.

The software

The eFoil contains five “computers” with individual software, which all communicate and interact with each other. It all comes together to provide seamless control as the rider activates the power of flight.

By employing much of the same modern technology that’s used in other vehicles on the road, in the air, and on the water, Lift has not only pioneered a new sport but also a brand new, uniquely exhilarating experience. The journey from conception to mass production of the eFoil took a ton of work, but as Nick explains, “after almost a decade of tedious work and investment, things are taking off—literally.”