Ready? Set? Lift!
Okay, it’s not possible to actually walk on water, but e-foiling will help you fly across it! As anyone who loves adventuring out on the water knows, the experience of moving quickly can provide a real sense of exhilaration. Electric foiling, where a rider lifts above the water on a board attached to a mast with a motorized propeller system (otherwise known as an Lift eFoil), is one of the fastest growing trends in the water sports market.
For those with no experience, no problem! It’s very easy to learn how to use a Lift eFoil, and it’s fun for everybody — from beginners to advanced riders. But there’s a science to doing it right, and at E-Foil USA, our master guides offer these tips to get you started:
Start by getting a feel for the board and the hand control by lying down on the board first.
Once you feel comfortable slowly begin to ride on your knees.
Once you master riding on your knees feel free to stand up.
Once standing, get a feel for the ride under your feet.
DO NOT attempt to elevate until you feel comfortable and balanced on the board.
Once you feel comfortable and balanced on the board while standing, begin to lift by slowly accelerating and shifting your weight back, touching and going until you get the hang of it and feel balanced.
Do not tense while you are lifted. The feeling of flight is a foreign experience to most and your initial reaction will be to tense. That is normal, but just relax all your muscles and concentrate on the placement of your feet.
In order to lift off the water, you must place your weight on your back foot to allow the board to exit the water, but once it is elevated you need to shift your weight forward to balance the board and fly.
Remember you need to remain above a certain speed to stay lifted. If you do not add enough speed, you will not lift off the water.
DO NOT push the throttle all the way down, slowly increase the speed and you will gain enough speed to elevate off the water.
Maintain a steady speed once elevated.
Remember, where you look, your body turns and the board will follow. By increasing your speed when lifted, you will turn more seamlessly.
To stop the board, simply let go of the throttle.
If you feel you are losing your balance and are going to fall, make your best effort to simply jump away from the board and foil. Do not try to correct. You want to avoid crashing into your equipment and will gradually find an easy way to fall off into the water; it is part of the experience. Just get back on the board and keep riding!
E-Foil USA is South Florida’s go-to destination for Lift e-foil lessons, events, sales and support. For more information on our services, give us a call today.