Electric Hydrofoil Shop
In early 2019 we opened the Electric Hydrofoil Shop Europe as an authorised Lift Foils eFoil reseller to make it easier to buy the eFoil in Europe. Since 2018 we have tested multiple different electric hydrofoils and we chose the Lift Foils eFoil, because it is very reliable, easy to use product. It was the first E-Foil on the markt and has shipped over 3,000 times worldwide.
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About the electric hydrofoil shop:
We are your local support in the region and our Electric Hydrofoil Shop Team is able to help with technical questions by email, phone or WhatsApp. We have also spare parts available and will be able to replace any component, if this should be necessary. 2019 and 2020 we were in addition Lift Foils official representative in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic and other Easter European countries. So we have a lot of experience with the eFoils and know the team in the US very well for years.
Before you buy an eFoil you have the opportunity to test it. Make your appointment at the test center. Our staff will explain the products in detail and join you on the water connected via a bbTalkin radio. We have the products on stock in our shop in Berlin.
About electric hydrofoil surfboards:
Electric hydrofoils are similar to electric surfboards and Electric-SUP boards controlled by a bluetooth remote control which accelerates the board. Carving works exactly like an electric surfboard, but is slightly more difficult as you also need to control your height with your body weight.
Most boards have a hard carbon fibre hull, but some manufacturer such like CabraTec and Fliteboard are offering inflatable boards as well. Inflatable e-foils are easier to transport and protect for example your yacht. They are also easier to ride on the surface as they usually have more volume, but on the other hand they create more resistance on the water surface which makes it less smooth when you go up and down.
The boards usually weigh around 15 kg and another 15 kg for the battery. The battery lasts usually around an hour if you fly. Beginners usually drain their battery in 30 minutes or less as they most of the time ride on the water surface before they can fly.
Some electric hydrofoils start flying at speeds below 20 km/h and some can reach a maximum speed of 50 km/h. Most of the manufacturers offer different wings and masts. A short mast is easier to ride, but not good for aggressive turns.
Similar is the story for the size of the wings. Smaller wings are for high speeds and aggressive carving, but difficult to ride. When the wings are getting bigger the speed goes down and the foils are more stable. Most of the hydrofoil brands are using a propeller which is protected by a duct. With VeFoil and the latest Audi prototype we have seen jet engines like the electric jetboards use. In both cases the engine is connected to the mast right above the wings.
It will be very interesting to see how many electric hydrofoils will really ship in volumes 2019. Lift Foils certainly has a head start, but in a few weeks / months (I am wring this article in April 2019) we will see who else can successfully deliver.
Prices range from 8,000 to 15,000 EUR or more, but you usually get what you pay for. For such a product you want to get the best quality materials you can get and a battery with premium lithium ion cells and an advanced battery management. If you end up with a cheap board which has cheap components it can become dangerous. High quality parts are expensive.
How to learn e-foiling
If you start foiling please wear a vest and a helmet, because it is for sure that it will take you a few crashes until you master the e-foil. You start lying on the board, get on your knees, stand up, position your feet and start foiling. For some people this may take 15 minutes for others 2 hours.
After 4-5 hours you should feel comfortable on your electric hydrofoil. This actually faster than learning to kitesurf or windsurf for most people. The feeling is just awesome. It is silent, creates no noise or waves and doesn’t harm the nature. As a former windsurfer, wakeboarder and Jestki fan I can only recommend it. It is so much fun.
First steps on an e foilboard:
- Set the power to level 1 (beginner) with the remote control.
- Start lying on the board board and accelerate
- One notices very fast that unlike with a normal surfboard, the top always wants to go up when accelerating. It is therefore very important to move the weight forward. When lying down you have to pull yourself forward with your hands after accelerating.
- Keep sufficient speed, otherwise the board will sting into the water with the front and it will be unstable.
- Now do a few laps lying down to get a feel for the board and the remote control.
- Second step on your knees. Pull your knees up to chest height with your hands at the top and continue on your knees. Now turn a few laps again to become safe.
- Get up. To stand up, the front foot should be positioned at the same height where the knees were before. The rear foot is offset laterally further back.
- Now find a comfortable foot position while standing and do a few laps again. Don’t get too slow, otherwise the top will come up again.
- Fall properly. If it gets too unstable, use the last stability to jump away from the board. Never jump forward. Always jump to the side or back. As already mentioned one should wear helmet and vest.
- The first flight. As soon as you can ride safely standing on the surface, you can start flying slowly and step by step. For this you need enough speed. Depending on the model and weight of the rider, the performance may have to be adjusted from beginner to advanced via the remote control. As soon as you have enough speed, move your feet backwards and your upper body forwards so that the center of gravity remains the same. If you now move the center of gravity backwards, the electric hydrofoil will lift off. The height is not controlled with the remote control, but only with the weight shift. The first minutes always fly only briefly and land again. Then increase the flying time bit by bit.
- It takes a little practice to find the right foot position for yourself. How far back you have to stand depends on your weight. The feet should be more than shoulder-width apart in the direction of travel so that you have more room to move your body weight. Furthermore, the feet have to be offset sideways (shoulder width), so that you have more balance and leeway for steering.