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eFoil fun! – electric hydrofoil prototype testing update.

After a bit of a false start (we won’t get into it) there’s now a solid bout of electric hydrofoil board testing under our belts. For those not aware McConks currently has a prototype eFoil set up we’re putting through its paces to decide if its a thing that has legs – or rather, wings…

Suffice to say after some back and forth with the manufacturer we were on for today (Sept 15, 2020). Conditions for this session ranged from extreme light wind to totally glassy. Tide was high with a very small ground swell running at our test location. The sun was shining and temperatures were hovering around 30C, which for September is pretty good even if we do say so ourselves!

For anyone familiar with foiling the actual act of flying on an eFoil is pretty standard. What’s not standard is the controlling of a very sensitive throttle trigger which will ultimately dictate how easily you manage to get to your feet, get on foil and stay flying. That said with a little bit of perseverance and the correct technique it’s easily achievable.

So far so good then. Stay tuned for more updates as and when.

Thanks to Oli Lane-Peirce for the images.

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First flights – electric hydrofoil board prototype testing.

We’ve already alluded to this in previous posts but being a watersports brand we get a lot of opportunities come our way – some that fall by the wayside (for various reasons) and others that we readily jump at. This is one of those that we’ve jumped at, more out of curiosity than anything.

To be honest we’re still on the fence when it comes to electrically powered watersports craft – in this case an electric hydrofoil stand up paddle board (e-foil for short). It doesn’t really fit with McConks’ sustainability and environmentally conscious ethos. But, as we say, we’re curious. And we said we’d test it for one of McConks’ suppliers and give some feedback.

There’s a lot of chat about foils currently. Wing foil, SUP foil, surf foil, wind foil and kite foil. Then there are e-foil brands suggesting enough of a market and interest for electric hydrofoils to be viable. Is this actually the case? We’re not sure. Toys like these carry a fairly hefty price tag…But then if you take e-bikes as an example, with some being comparable in price, it seems (some) people may be willing to stump up. Maybe that’d be the same for an electric hydrofoil?

Whatever the case we’re keen to see how it performs on the water. Is it just one step away from a jetski? OR is there bona fide fun to be had and it fit as a complimentary toy in our/your quiver. Stay tuned to find out what we think.

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Electric hydrofoils – fad or fun? What do you think?

This isn’t anything new per se – electric hydrofoils and their associated boards have been around for a while. There’re some good YouTube vids out there featuring riders covering unique distances. We say unique as one edit we have in mind sees the foiler head inland along a city river on a beautiful Bluebird day. It certainly inspires…

Hands up as well, our interest has certainly been pricked of late. BUT, and it’s a BIG BUT (hence the capital letters), there are a few downsides. eFoils are pretty pricey. You’ll certainly need a few extra pennies in your bank account if you fancy getting hold of one. And also, are these just one step away from riding jetskis? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, apart from those select few who taint the sport’s reputation. And, of course, as an ethically sustainable brand, that relies on paddle/wind power for our jollies does an electrically driven toy fit the mould?

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What do you think? Are the fun or faddy? Would you buy an eFoil you could? And what would you do with yours?