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DIVEIN.com’s Beginner Guide to:

The best efoil in 2021

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The authors:

christos nicolaou

Christos Nicolaou

Divemaster and Paddler
Christos is a passionate diver, enthusiastic paddler & amateur SUP racer.

Bradley Axmith boating & sailing editor

Bradley Axmith

Editor at DIVEIN.com
Bradley is a sailor, diver and stickler for details

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to surf without waves or windsurf without wind? Enter the efoil!

Efoils are motorized hydrofoils that harness the power of electricity to lift you off the water and propel you across it. Whereas most watersports require either wind or waves, the efoil provides an experience similar to surfing (but above the water). Efoiling is one of the most fun water sports available and it’s also a great way to practice your balance and coordination.

It’s extremely easy to stand up on a efoil making it accessible to most riders. You decide how fast you go, usually with a controller and you can even reach speeds of up to 35mph. Efoil is a new and exciting way to hit the water with little to no preparation. All you need is to charge your board up and go.

The Best Efoil in 2021

See our updated top 10, followed by 20 of the next best!

 

Providing an excellent balance between performance and stability the Lift 3 4’9” is a suitable choice of eFoil for both beginners all the way to more experienced riders. The performance and stability of this board make it easy to learn and progress on allowing riders to grow their foiling skills.

The smaller size of the board makes it transportable and maintains the lightweight. Just like the 5’9” Explorer the Lift 3 4′ 9” Sport is great for beginner and intermediate eFoilers, however, it is primarily made for more athletic and experienced riders. The size of the board makes it great for learning new skills and taking the eFoiling experience to a whole new level.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Max Speed: up to 29mph
  • Ride Time: 180min
  • Weight Incl. Battery: 30lbs (can vary due to wing size)
What we like:
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Versatile with excellent performance
  • Stable and durable
  • Great for all levels of riders
What we don’t like:
  • Expensive

Versatile and lightweight this board provides excellent stability and durability. It also provides a high performance and carves well in the water. Excellent for all levels, this board is predicted to be the Lift bestseller in the next year. It is great for all levels of riders from those who have never tried eFoiling before right to more experienced eFoilers.

The Fliteboard is an iconic electric surfboard designed in Australia. This unique eFoil jet board has a runtime of up to 90 minutes and can support riders of up to 80kgs. This is a premium board that you’re going to have to pay for but if you got the means, you will be very pleased.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Max Speed: 29mph
  • Ride Time: 90min
  • Weight Incl. Battery: 101lbs
What we like:
  • Long ride time of 90 minutes
  • Easy to use for beginners
  • Super maneuverable
What we don’t like:
  • Lack of customization
  • Not available in some regions
  • Heavy

Fliteboard has three models in their collection, Fliteboard Pro, Fliteboard Air and Flightboard (standard). The Fliteboard (standard) is a more mainstream model that is suitable for most riders. All boards from Fliteboard have two mast sizes of 60cm and 75cm available, with the shorter mast being more suitable for beginners and providing more stability.

The larger mast is more suitable for choppier and waiver water conditions. Instead of using water cooling tubes, Fliteboard uses their own Flitebox system that combines the board attachment mechanism with electronics housing, waterproofing and cooling.

The Lift 4’2 Pro is for more advanced eFoilers looking to take their eFoiling skills to the next level.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Max Speed: up to 29mph
  • Ride Time: 120min
  • Weight Incl. Battery: 30lbs (can vary due to wing size)
What we like:
  • Maneuverable
  • Lightweight
  • High performing
  • Great for learning and mastering new eFoiling skills
What we don’t like:
  • Expensive
  • Smaller board size is not ideal for beginners and less experienced riders.

High performing, stable, and most importantly extremely manouvrable this board is responsive to the riders moves and excellent for riders looking to improve their foiling experience and skills. Lightweight, this board makes you feel like you are floating above the water. It carves well and has a long ride duration of up to 2 hours.

The Waydoo Flyer is an amazing electric surfboard constructed with high quality carbon fiber, making it strong and durable. Using innovative eFoil technology and with a ride time of 120 mins and a top speed of 27mph, this board provides exceptional performance for an electric surfboard.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Max Speed: 27mph
  • Ride Time: 75-120min
  • Weight Incl. Battery: 66lbs
What we like:
  • Lightweight
  • Longest available ride time
  • Fast charge time
  • Bluetooth compatible
What we don’t like:
  • Makes more noise than other models
  • Sacrifices stability for maneuverability

The Waydoo Flyer is an incredible electric surfboard for intermediate to experienced surfers who have good balance. One of the most advanced and innovative features of the Waydoo Flyer is the way the battery and mast connect. Waydoo has created a very clean plug and play solution in order to ensure you waste a little time possible getting your board ready for surfing.

For riders looking to purchase a completely customizable eFoil, look no further. The Flying Rodeo is premium priced eFoil that made its debut in 2018. This eFoil features a number of wing designs that allow the eFoil to trade stability for speed allowing for a more versatile eFoil experience.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Max Speed: 27mph
  • Ride Time: 60min
  • Weight Incl. Battery: 55lbs
What we like:
  • Great design
  • Awesome ride time
  • Suitable for all skills and water conditions
  • Customizable
What we don’t like:
  • More expensive

With a focus on custom board design, Flying Rodeo allows you to customize your eFoil to your specific needs. Designed and produced in Slovenia, Flying Rodeo focuses on being a bespoke eFoil producer claiming that each eFoil they produce is a work of art and is made of the highest quality.

Unlike the previous boards on this list, the Lift eFoil 5’6” Cruiser uses motorized hydrofoil technology and a carbon fiber propeller. It provides the rider with exceptional performance and high levels of both stability and maneuverability.

Though it might be more difficult to master at first, surfing above the surface gives the rider of this jet board a smoother experience in choppy water.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Max Speed: 34mph
  • Ride Time: 20-40min
  • Weight Incl. Battery: 132lbs
What we like:
  • Long ride time
  • Suitable for all skills and water conditions
  • Very stable
  • A great travel bag for board and all accessories
What we don’t like:
  • Heavier than other electric surfboards on the market

Suitable for all skills and all water conditions this e-foil surfboard is a well constructed board. Durable and stable, this board offers an excellent riding experience. Its heavy-duty, thick, high-density, and hard-wearing core make it sturdy and buoyant. This board is one of the fastest electric surfboards on the market and can reach up to 34mph and the battery can last up to one hour.

With more than 10 years of experience in the electric surfboard market Lift Foils are of excellent quality, durability and are extremely reliable. This is also evident in the aesthetics, weight and feel of the boards, and gives this brand a competitive advantage over their competitors.

Designed by Red Wood Paddle, the PWR e-Foil was created for those looking for a more exciting extension of their SUP and foil experiences. A solid and sturdy board that is lightweight makes the PWR eFoilgreat for floating over the water’s surface. Powered using a remote control, the board has 3 speeds and modes. PWR, with Red Wood Paddle, have 4 eFoil sizes so there is a board fit for everyone and all levels, making this eFoil great for first time foilers to advanced foilers.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Max Speed: 24mph
  • Ride Time: 90min
  • Weight Incl. Battery: Depends due to board size, mast size and battery choice
What we like:
  • Various board, wing and mast sizes
  • Lightweight
  • 3 Speed modes
  • Customizable through size and battery selection
  • Fast charging
What we don’t like:
  • Slower speed than others on the market

After two years of product developments, PWR have created a reliable, durable and lightweight eFoil in 4 various sizes and 3 different colours. As customisable as they get in this new market, when purchasing a PWR board you can choose board size, along with the size of the mast and wing, either 1500cm2 or 2000cm2.

With two choices of battery from the classic to the long range model these boards can be made to fit your specific requirements, guaranteeing fun and comfort whilst on the water. The battery charges quickly taking 1.5 to 2 hours maximum, great for charging quickly and using the board for long periods of time.

With one of the largest eFoil batteries on the market the Get Foil claims to be the most advanced eFoil available and boasts high speeds and performance. The Get Foil has a wireless Bluetooth remote and the propeller and engine under the board give this eFoil a sleek look to match its high performance. Charging in only 2 hours, this board can take you up to 28mph and has a range of 15 to 18 miles.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Max Speed: 24mph
  • Ride Time: 90min
  • Weight Incl. Battery: Depends due to board size, mast size and battery choice

Lightweight yet durable this board is great for all water surfaces from rivers, lakes to the ocean. The Mavericks Direct Drive Motor gives the board a lot of torque and can take you to 28mph. The eFoil’s Lithium-Ion batteries charge in 4 hours, which can be reduced to 2 hours with the Get Foil Supercharger.

Get Foil also has two eFoils in their range, the Long Range and the Performance. The Performance is faster as the 9 HP Mavericks Direct Drive engine takes the board to 28mph. On the other hand, the Long Range only reaches 22mph. The Performance board is also lighter with a battery that weighs 77lbs, making it 3lbs lighter than the Long Range model.

Lift 3 5’9” Explorer eFoil is smaller and although this is the biggest size in the Lift 3 range, this eFoil is a much more manageable size than its predecessor. Ideal for beginners this board is lightweight whilst remaining stable on the water.

Thanks to its stability this board is great for beginners and those who are new to foiling and eFoiling. With an efficient battery this eFoil boasts a ride time of 120 minutes, making it amazing for exploring or trying out with your friends without having to recharge it often.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Max Speed: up to 29mph
  • Ride Time: 120min
  • Weight Incl. Battery: 30lbs (can vary due to wing size)
What we like:
  • Long ride time on one battery charge
  • Stable and lightweight
  • Customizable wing sizes
  • Beginner friendly and perfect for more laid-back riding and cruising on the water
What we don’t like:
  • Expensive

Newest model in the Lift eFoil range, the Lift 3 5’9 explorer, is durable, reliable and powerful. It’s long ride time makes it ideal for exploring and learning new tricks.

The board is customizable with varying front and back wing sizes. The largest wing size makes the board extra stable and is great for beginners and those new to foiling, along riders to learn moves and tricks whilst keeping their stability on the water.

The EasyGoat eFoil is one of the most lightweight and transportable eFoils on the market. With a weight of 20kg including the battery, along with a transportable bag with wheels, this board is excellent to take along on adventures.

The mast and wings are detachable and the board only takes 5 minutes to install once you are at the water’s edge. The lightweight battery is efficient and can take you on rides for over an hour.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Max Speed: 18mph
  • Ride Time: 80min
  • Weight Incl. Battery: 44lbs
What we like:
  • Transportable bag with wheels
  • Very lightweight (one of the lightest on the market)
  • Efficient power usage
What we don’t like:
  • Slower speed than other models on the market

Made in Czech Republic, the EasyGoat foil is lightweight. High performance paired with efficient battery and usage means you can ride for over an hour and charge the board relatively quickly. Wireless and compact, this board is ideal for travelling and easy to use and assemble.

Efoil Surfers Photo

We’ve made the most comprehensive guide to the efoil. Here you can find the answer to any questions you may have about efoil. You can also discover how to get started, how to find the right efoil and general tips for starting your efoil journey. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that this beginner’s guide to efoil will answer.

What is an efoil?
How does an efoil work?
How to efoil?
What happens if I fall off?
How are efoils different to surfboards?

What is an efoil?

An efoil is a type of hydrofoil that uses an electric motor to push the board, rather than a sail. Also known as electric foil, electric hydrofoil, and e-hydrofoil, this new niche of water sport is exciting because it allows you to go faster than windsurf boards (that are only equipped with a sail) and surfboards that require waves.

Efoil Solo Surfer

How does an efoil work?

Most efoils work through a lithium-ion battery that powers a motor that is attached to a hydrofoil. The motor has propellers that push the hydrofoil forward creating lift and thrust by displacing the water behind the hydrofoil.

How to efoil?

For your first ride make sure to take things slow and become familiar with the controller and handling of the board in order to build confidence and comfort with the efoil. Make sure to set your controller to a low setting and turn it off before taking your efoil into the water.

Find a wide open water area that has smooth water and no obstructions such as swimmers, buoys, or boats. It’s important that the water is flat as riding your efoil on rough water will make it difficult for you to find your balance and stand up.

Additionally, make sure the water is deep enough for your board to float before placing your efoil, so that the hydrofoil doesn’t get damaged by coming into contact with the sea bed.

Slide onto the board and lie on your belly and turn the controller on to ride. Gently engage the throttle and slowly accelerate while still lying on your belly.

Make some gentle turns and get comfortable with both the board and throttle. From there move to your belly to your knees and increase acceleration until the board becomes more stable.

Once you are comfortable with the speed and stability, slowly transition from your knees to your feet while maintaining the throttle. Try to take a wider stance when standing for additional stability when riding.

Efoil Surfing the Waves

What happens if I fall off?

If it’s your first time on an efoil you will probably fall off when trying to stand up. Don’t worry if you fall off, as you should hit the water relatively softly, and assuming you’re wearing a personal flotation device, you should be fine.

Do make sure to use the last bit of control you have when riding the board to bail, by pushing or jumping away from the board. It’s important to put as much distance as possible between you and the board when falling off to avoid getting hit by the propeller.

It’s important to remember to stop your board after you’ve fallen into the water as the efoil will only stop if you release the trigger found on the controller. The efoil doesn’t have a leash (for safety reasons) meaning you will have to swim back to it.

How are they different from surfboards?

Efoils are different to surfboards in a number of ways. Firstly, you don’t need a wave to ride an efoil, all you need is a charged battery and waves might actually make it harder to ride the efoil.

Secondly, you can go much faster than on a surfboard and your board won’t be making contact with the water at faster speeds, giving you a smoother and more comfortable ride.

For surfboard enthusiasts, electric surfboards offer an alternative to efoils, however they maintain contact with the water and do not have hydrofoil technology. Instead, electric surfboards offer a motorized version of a surfboard.

If you’re interested in an electric surfboard check out our guide to electric surfboards here.

If you’re more likely to take up traditional surfing make sure you check out our guide to surfboards here.

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Efoil

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    How long does an efoil charge last?

    The ride time you have on the efoil depends on how long the charge lasts. Of course, the charge lasts a different amount depending on the brand of efoil you are using and the selected settings. Generally, you should be able to get between an hour and a half to two hours out of a single charge.

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    What size efoil should I buy?

    The size of efoil you should buy depends on a number of different factors. The rider’s size and weight should be taken into consideration for choosing a size as bigger efoils tend to have a higher weight capacity. Additionally, the rider’s experience level is also a factor that plays into choosing the right efoil size. Efoils with large surface areas will have more stability and are prefered by beginners to the sport.

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    How long does an eFoil take to charge?

    Depending on battery size and efficiency the charge can last anywhere between 60 to 120 minutes on the water, or 1-2 hours.

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    How much power does an eFoil need?

    To power an eFoil the battery of the board will need to be anywhere between 6kW and 10kW.

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    How much does an eFoil cost?

    E-foil prices vary anywhere between $5,000 to $15,000. Cost depends on materials, battery power, as well as size, design and wings.

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    What size eFoil should I buy?

    If you are an experienced foiler any size will fit and for beginners wider and larger boards, with larger wings, tend to provide more stability when on the water. A smaller board size will be more manoeuvrable, making it easier to carve and learn tricks.

2 Comments

  1. Dan

    Which E-foil do you recommend

  2. Torben Lonne

    Hi Dan,

    Any of the e-foils in the guide would do for most needs. I’d suggest you start at the top of our list here and go down.

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