Have you had the chance to research what people mean by “eFoil boards”?
Perhaps you’ve seen someone riding on the water, giving you the impression they were flying. If that piques your curiosity, and you’d like to learn more, then we have a quick tutorial on this novel way to surf around the shores of Sarasota. Read eFoils 101 to discover how this works, and why it’s all the rage right now.
What is an eFoil?
This is an electric hydrofoil board, comprising a mast/wing attached to a board, which enables you to “fly” across water. Of course, while it looks like flight, to the untrained eye, it’s actually an electric device that propels the rider above the water.
Best of all, this battery-powered equipment doesn’t drain as fast as e-surfboards or other items. You can often get at least two hours of fun from them before having to re-charge.
The Components of an eFoil Board
- Design Elements – So, these look similar to e-surfboards, but are much more compact, making them more controllable. The board has a fin-like shape that attaches to a “hydrofoil,” which may resemble an airplane attachment.
- Materials – Some manufacturers make the board hull out of carbon fiber. However, we get ours from the maker, Lift Foils, who uses fiberglass materials instead. This contributes to greater aerodynamics, leading to superior maneuverability around the water.
- Sizes – eFoils come in different lengths and weights, corresponding to the user’s height, skill level, and preferences. Lift Foils makes a 5’4” Cruiser, 4’9” Sport, and 4’2” pro board. If you’re a beginner, it’s better to go with the larger board for better stability.
How Do You Ride an eFoil Board?
First, the best way to learn how to rid an eFoil is to schedule a session with our friendly staff, who will show you how to master it. We always recommend doing this before buying your own model (plus, it gives you awesome discounts once you buy your own).
The actual riding technique takes a little while to master, but it’s doable for teenagers and adults. Always begin your adventure by equipping the right safety gear (vest and helmet). Then, select a power level for your board (start with the lowest setting if you are brand new).
When you’re ready to get on the board, begin by laying on it like a boogie board, allow it to build speed slowly, and get a feel for it. Then, you can stand on it with both feet; finding a comfortable foot position is key. From there, you’ll be on your first eFoil flight, where you can practice balancing, experiment with the throttle, and practice until you get the hang of it.
Visit Sarasota eFoil to Learn More!
We hope this increases your interest in eFoiling. Now’s a terrific time (while the waters are still warm) to learn this unique water sport and impress all your friends.