What Makes Flite The Best eFoil
From a spark of inspiration, to a globally recognised company producing the world's most highly-awarded electric hydrofoils, Flite has come a long way in a short time.
They got here by relentlessly refining and testing their design with eyes on the ultimate ride. Excellence is, after all, an approach – not a destination. Their origin, however, was far more whimsical.
The idea for a motorised hydrofoil arrived on a windless day in 2016 as a 'lightbulb moment'. Flite's founder, former kite-surfing world record holder and serial entrepreneur David Trewern, was at a kitefoiling event when he thought: ‘What if I didn’t have to wait for the wind. What if I could just attach an electric motor to my foil?’
Flite's founder, former kite-surfing world record holder and serial entrepreneur David Trewern, was at a kitefoiling event when he thought: ‘What if I didn’t have to wait for the wind. What if I could just attach an electric motor to my foil?’
That dream became a sketch and the kitchen table, a workshop. The 3D printer went into overdrive and late nights became early mornings. Dozens of prototypes later, David flew for the first time.
Flite now has more than 200 authorised partners selling our boards, Fliteschools across the world, and offices in three countries: Australia, The Netherlands and The United States. The company includes Naval Architects, Product Designers, Mechanical, Electronic and Software Engineers; and is focused on the intersection between electric vehicle technology and hydrofoil design.
In 2021 Flite set records for the fastest eFoil speed in the world, and hosted the first official international eFoiling race – the Flite Cup. In 2022 Flite Ambassador Tom Court and big wave surfer Glynn Ovens used Flite’s eFoils to surf the biggest waves ever ridden (Nazare) on an electric hydrofoil.
Flite has patented five new inventions and just released our latest series of upgrades, Flite Series 2.2, which melds all of our new technology into whisper-quiet rides.
Flite's full range includes the easy riding AIR, popular and dynamic Fliteboard, adrenaline inducing PRO and the acrobatic ULTRA. Our latest innovations in battery technology, management and thermal control; create new benchmarks in electric marine power.
The best part though, is the thrill you get from the ride.
Research and development
They are living on the edge of innovation, constantly developing at the intersection of electric vehicle technology and hydrofoil design. Every Fliteboard is comprised of hundreds of parts, many of them custom designed.
The majority of the development happens in their Byron Bay factory, in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, where they test our creations almost daily. They also collaborate with experts in specialist fields in the USA, Germany, Thailand and China, in their mission to create the perfect ride. A board that rides as an extension of your reflexes, glides harmoniously with nature and is part engineering and part work of art.
One of the innovations that holds their boards above others in the market is their patented unibody fuselage. They machine the motor and the mast out of one piece of aircraft grade aluminium, which takes 14 hours, rather than clamping the motor to the mast. This not only gives the foil added strength, but it acts as a heat sink, removing the need for cumbersome cooling tubes.
It's how they created the most balanced, responsive and efficient electric hydrofoil in the market.
For All Ariders
The iconic Fliteboard is our #1 best selling eFoil. It's great for sharing and packed with customisation features easily adjusted to your experience, riding style and water conditions. Turn rivers, lakes and oceans into your playground.
Our most popular board flows strong, always at your pace - There’s a reason most people ride Fliteboard. It’s the multi-tool of eFoils. Whether you want to take your dog for a ride or push the limits in waves – Fliteboard suits the widest range of skill levels and conditions.
- 5'8" (173cm)
- 100 litres
- Early planing
Confident Starters To Experts
Fliteboard PRO is a purposefully designed eFoil for riders with previous board-sports experience, looking to take it up a level.
A smaller board, making it excellent for, lighter-weight riders to enjoy and advanced riders to progress their eFoiling skills with ease.
- 5'0" (152cm)
- 67 litres
- Reduced swing weight
- Enthusiasts choice
- Moderate planing
Level Up your fliteboarding with the Fliteboard ULTRA eFoil. At 4ft 2inches, the reduced swing weight lets you push the limits.
Strap inFor the ride of your life - The Fliteboard ULTRA efoil has optional footstraps which connect you to the board like never before.
- 4'2" (128cm)
- 54 litres
- World's smallest
- Optional footstraps
- Late planing
Fliteschools, Yachts & Resorts, Families, And Heavier Riders
Fliteboard AIR is our most buoyant, stable and durable board. The perfect eFoil for yachts, Fliteschools and resorts.
Share the AIRFliteboard - AIR is a must for beginners. Easy to transport, tough and durable, it’s great for family and friends to learn on and the perfect addition to any yacht.
- 6'0" (183cm)
- 150 litres
- Rugged inflatable
- Buoyant & stable
- Beginner friendly
Flite eFoil Board Assembly
Plug in controller and hold the plus and mode buttons for three seconds to turn it on.
Always check to make sure the contoller is at least 50% charged before each use.
To charge Flitecell first remove the battery from its protective case. Charge the battery in a cool dry location away from flammables, hot items, and direct sunlight. Connect the charger plugs to the battery terminals. Clip the magnetic charging clip to the battery to wake the battery up for charging. When charger is hooked up correctly there should be two red LEDs visible on charger. You can use the magnetic battery clip at anytime to check battery charge.
Preparing The Board
Remove the board from its bag placing on top with the bottom facing up. Do no leave the black carbon in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
Check that the orange O-ring is clear of any sand, debris, or kinks and is in the right position.
Open the eFoil bag. Carefully fit the Flitebox into the mastbox on the bottom of the board. Direct the power cables towards the battery compartment. Ensure that no cables are compressed and that the o-ring has not moved. Check that the Flitebox is flush in the mastbox. Add a little bit of tef gel to the 4 x 20 mm bolts. Use the bolts to secure the mast tightening in a cross pattern. Apply enough force that the bolts are tight but the hex tool is not bending. When properly tightened the o-ring will be compressed and watertight.
Adding the Fuselage Tail and Wings
Insert fuselage tail and insert it into fin under the propeller guard. Add some tef gel to the bolt, push the tail in to compress the o-ring and then tighten bolt. Now choose a wing shim for mounting the rear wing. The number 3 wing shim will be best for beginners. Add tef gel to the bolts and bolt the wing to the tail with the shim between them.
There is a sacrificial anode inside the fuselage above the front wing, it minimizes corrosion in salt water. You should still regularly inspect bolts and re-apply tef gel to bolts.
Remove front wing from case, add tef gel to the bolts and tight wing to fuselage.
Attaching The Battery
Before turning the board over consider using the wing covers to protect the wings and whatever they are being set on.
Twist latches to open battery compartment. Always inspect and ensure the black rubber seals are clean of any debris and undamaged. Before connecting batter cables connect the the boards data receiver to Flitebox, take extra care the the small pins remain straight.
Move the cables to the side and full insert battery, connect the battery cables. Make sure to lock the battery into the board. Close the lid ensuring there is nothing caught between. Twist both latches and lock to secure the lid is closed. You will hear three beeps and see the light on the receiver when the board turns on.
Pairing And Arming
If the receiver light is solid your Flite Controller remote is already paired. If the light is flashing you will need to pair. Before going anywhere you will need to be familiar with the pairing process as you may need to do this out on the water.
Hold the plus button on controller for five seconds to put in pairing mode. The words "Looking for new pair" will appear. Hold the bottom of the controller on the magnetic arming pad on the board receiver to put the board in pairing mode. The light will change to blue when the controller is in the arming position. Hold still for 10-12 seconds and the board will go into pairing mode and pair with the remote. Be careful not to hold in this position for too long, too long and the board will go into software update mode.
While out on the water be careful not to hold the plus button for 5 seconds or the controller over the arming pad for 10 seconds as this will unpair the controller and they will need to be paired again.
Once the pairing is complete you can confirm by arming the board. A paired controller must be armed to start the motor. This safety lock feature ensure the rider can't accidentally start the motor.
To unlock the motor place bottom of the controller over the arming pad, the light will turn blue and the controller will have a 5 second countdown. Pull the trigger within the 5 second window to activate the propellor. The controller will vibrate if you successful arm it.
Constantly monitor the battery level of both the Flite Controller and Flite Cell to ensure you have the compacity left to return to shore.
Different conditions and usage scenarios can deplete the battery faster, so you need to always be aware of the battery levels.
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Independent testing confirms reduction in noise levels of 50% or more. Tige Boats tested FAE to comply with the strict noise reduction standards in the European Union and recorded noise reductions of up to 9 decibels.
Step By Step Beginner Guide
Learning will be significantly easier if you take your time to progress slowly through each step.
Most of our customers report no significant change in handling or wake, at all speeds; including surfing, wakeboarding or slalom skiing. We even have a few barefooter customers.
Since there are so many variables with boats (hull design, prop size and pitch, ballast) we can’t predict how FAE will work on your boat (though experience tells us it will work well). Therefore, we offer a very liberal return policy and yet have a less than 1% return rate.
When learning there is a potential to fall on the board, wings, or mast. Always wear a helmet and approved personal floatation device. Be careful when floating or swimming with board not to hit any part of the board. Keep hands and feet away from motor as it is very powerful and could result in serious injury. Regulations vary depending on location, check if you need a license or if there are any restrictions in your area.
Carefully choose a suitable location clear of obstacles, weeds, traffic, and at least 4.5 ft deep. Staying at least 300 ft from other boaters, swimmers, etc. It is much easier to learn on a calm, flat water day.
Go through the linking and motor test procedure detailed in Flite's video above. When ready to get started take care not to flip the board over in less than 4.5 feet of water.
Lay on the board with one hand on the front of the board or on the front handle if your board has one. Once moving you want to keep your weight toward the front of the board.
The controller should be set to level. Slowly pull the trigger to begin moving. On level one you will be moving slowly, when up to speed you can use your thumb to press the plus sign and shift into gear two (you press the minus sign to shift down). While laying down practice slowly going through the gears to get comfortable with the gear shifting procedure.
Make sure to keep enough weight forward on the board to keep it level as you are getting comfortable with the remote. As you start to increase your speed you may have to add more weight to the front of the board.
Moving To Your Knees
Once you are comfortable laying down and adjusting speed, find a speed where you are moving fast enough to be stable and not so fast you are bouncing around. Typically between 6-10 kph. Make sure not to adjust your speed while making transitions, moving your trigger finger will all but guarantee that you fall.
When at speed place both hands and/or forearms on the front of the board, slide your legs forward, and move onto your knees. If you start to sink you are likely going too slowly. If you start to foil you need to move your weight more forward or you are potentially going to fast.
Spend a good amount of time learning to ride on your knees. Learning how to adjust your weight as you change speeds and practicing slowly turning by leaning your weight.
At this point you are ready to try foiling.
Increase your speed to between 18 - 25 kph depending on your weight. Carefully move your weight backwards (use your torso and head) when you no longer hear the splash of the water you are foiling. Move your weight forward to touch back down. When first starting you should try to foil for a few seconds and then safely touching back down. Learning a controlled take off and landing with small shifts in your body weight is the goal.
Select a power level where you feel stable, typically between 8-12 kph. When ready place both hands on the front of the board, slide your front forward slightly to one side. As you get your balance you can go from a lunge to standing. Maintain your weight forward to keep the board flat and not foiling. Also ensure that you are not adjusting your speed while you are transitioning.
When standing your chest should be pointed forward with your front foot to one side of the board and the rear foot to the opposite side of center. Feet should be hip width apart.
Practice slowly adding speed noting that as you add speed everything wants to push the nose out of the water. As you go faster you will need to apply more weight to the front of the board to keep it flat.
Now that you are standing and comfortable with adjusting speed and body weight it's time to start foiling. Slowly increase your speed to 20-25 kph. When you up to speed move a little weight towards the back of the board releasing pressure from the front foot. Keep your core engaged and weight over the centerline of the board. When you start to feel the board lift and you no longer hear the sound of the water move your weight back to the front foot and touch down again. Now you are foiling!
The best way to learn is to continue flying in short distances a few seconds at a time. You are teaching your brain an entirely new type of balance with new, distinct feelings and movements. The worst thing you can do is try to fly too far too fast and have a bad fall where you hit the wing. You will lose your confidence and the learning process will inevitably take longer.
Unlike surfing where you control the board with your back foot, eFoiling the board is controlled more by the front foot.
Always jump away from the board in the direction you are falling. This keeps you away from the foil.
Keep your weight forward and press down through your front knee and ensure your feet are in the right position
Don't vary your speed it will only upset the foil and make balance harder.
Don't try and foil too slow, the wings will stall and you will crash.
Don't try to turn while foiling until you are very comfortable going in a straight line. Turning requires very careful balance on all axis of the foil and your body. Start by doing shallow turns and then move on to tighter turns.
Make sure you read through all of the storage and maintenance info in the instructions to ensure safe transport and a long life for your equipment.
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