Is a questionable patent slowing down the e-Foil trend?

There is a big hype about electric hydrofoils these days. Multiple commercial and DIY projects are described in our e-Foil section.

A lot of time and money is spent from hundreds of enthusiastic people to form a new sport and potentially a new way of travelling.

In October 2013 Prof. Jack W. Langelaan from Penn State University in Pennsylvania issued several patents around weight-shift controlled personal hydrofoil watercrafts.

e-Foil project Evolo
e-Foil project Evolo from 2009

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Jetfoiler by Kai Concepts

The Jetfoiler from Kai Concepts is an electric hydrofoil developed in Alameda close to San Francisco.

The Kai concept team is led by Don Montague who has an impressive water-sports background. Don worked close with Robby Naish and Pete Cabrinha where he developed for example their windsurf sails and kites as the head of R&D at Naish International.

Kai Concepts Don Montague - Foto Betsy Peiffer
Kai Concepts Don Montague – Foto Betsy Peiffer

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These are busy days for Liftfoils CEO Nick Leason as he is preparing the initial launch of the eFoil later this year. In our eFoil interview from July 2017 he is giving his some insights about him and his company.

We prepared a catalog of 10 questions for our eFoil interview which Nick was able to answer even while he is currently travelling.

LiftFoils CEO Nick Leason
LiftFoils CEO Nick Leason