Interview - Leading Edge Kite School - New Jersey eFoil - Lift Foils

Interview – Leading Edge Kite School – New Jersey eFoil

Tell us a little bit about you and the Leading Edge team! Where are you based, how many people are on the team, how did you meet, what’s the culture like etc.
We are Leading Edge Kite School and have been teaching kiteboarding for 11 years here in Ocean City NJ, as well as our winter location in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands during the winter. We are a husband and wife team, Chris and Laura Lee Doyle who own and run Leading Edge Kite School and NJ-Efoil. We also have Teddy Lyons–a shredder in kiting, surfing efoiling and anything on the water, who is our main efoiling instructor, he claims to be able to get anyone in the world up and riding on an efloil. In addition we have Mason and Dana Reilly who do a bit of everything for us from boat driving to instructing. We are all determined to leave you with a smile on your face after any and every time you come out with us! Last year after having a demo on a Lift Efoil with Damien in the Florida Keys we quickly jumped on board with the Lift team and started teaching lessons. It’s been an amazing ride ever since. People fall absolutely in love with eFoiling as soon as they get on the boards and we’ve enjoyed growing the eFoil community here in NJ. We couldn’t be happier with the decision we made to dive in and join the Lift team!

How did you discover Lift Foils?
Damien Leroy has been a friend of ours for years and was kind enough to give us demo on a Lift board at our Cabrinha Dealer meeting in the spring of last year. Needless to say…we fell in love!

What’s your favorite eFoil size or wing configuration and why?
I love the 4’4 with the foldable prop and the 250 wing! I love this combo because we can ride waves and let off the throttle and continue to foil the wave. The 4’4 board is super fun and nimble and the 250 wing foils very easily– this is the best setup for wave riding.

What excites you about eFoiling?
What doesn’t? It’s an amazing feeling of floating quietly over the water,I  love using electric power and the silence of not having a gas powered motor. It doesn’t hurt that foiling in general is simply one of the greatest sensations in the world!

What regions do you work out of, and what does your company offer demos, lessons, etc?
We are Lift’s NJ affiliate and cover all of New Jersey. We have two locations, one in Ocean City, NJ in South Jersey and one in Oceanport New Jersey as our North location. We also are mobile and will travel and teach on location anywhere in New Jersey.

Tell us about one of your most interesting water or adventure experiences, whether foil related or not!
Last year right after receiving our Lift eFoils there was a boat parade here in Ocean City, we made superhero capes and rode all throughout the parade and blew everyone’s minds! Was tons of fun and so cool to show people these eFoils for the first time.

What are some of your go-to eFoiling spots?
I love the Ocean in Ocean City NJ, the perfect time is on a glassy day with a nice rolling swell. We also hit lots of the back bays all over the New Jersey as the flat water is tons of fun too!

Any tips for watersports enthusiasts in New Jersey?
New Jersey provides any and all conditions. We have lots of bays for flat shallow water and a coastline that stretches the entire length of the state. My biggest tip is just get out there and get after it! Try it all and see what you love. Call us if you want to learn to eFoil or kite or simply for any watersports advice for our area.

How can interested people who are going to be in your area reach out?
Our website is www.njefoil.com and www.leadingedgekiteschool.com you can email me at chris(at)leadingedgekiteschool.com.