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September 15, 2020

Let's go eFoiling

Say what?

eFoil is short for electric hydrofoil surfboard.

From the New York Times: "Technology from smartphones, electric vehicles, and drones was used to create a remote-controlled board that could fly over the water without wind or waves."

And: "Roughly described as a cross between a surfboard and a Jet Ski, an eFoil can go as fast as 25 miles per hour and is powered by a battery, which lasts just 90 minutes."

More: "Brad Conway, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Station New York, said that his team had not seen many eFoils yet, but that they are basically simple boards was concerning. 'Once you are in the water, off your board, your head is the only thing showing above the water, like a coconut,' he said. 'You have someone going through on a speedboat or a Jet Ski, they aren't paying attention, which is very common, you could get run over.' And as for the batteries’ short lives: 'If you run out of battery and drift in front of a barge that can't stop,' he said, 'you might go under.'"

Watch and learn.

You can too!

Boards run about $12,000: Get yours here or here.

September 15, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


Comments

Re: battery lasts "just" 90 minutes...

I'm pretty sure I'd be exhausted from keeping it upright long before that.

Posted by: Luke | Sep 16, 2020 12:38:22 PM

Fun fact from Canadian history: Alexander Graham Bell, along with his wife, Mabel Bell, and colleague Frederick W. Baldwin, developed the first successful hydrofoil in 1906.

They soon set an all-time water speed record racing across la Bras d'Or almost twice as fast as the fastest steamship.

Posted by: Luke | Sep 16, 2020 12:35:55 PM

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