Everyone dreams of a summer spent gliding on the waves with the assurance of the Point Break gang. Except that: surfing is as impressive to watch as it is difficult to master.
The Chinese company eFoilFly solves the problem with its electric hydrofoil surfboard Neptune X, which completely democratize the water sliding sport. The electric propulsion system equipped with a carrier wing, which lifts the vessel above the water level at higher speed, gradually become more common.
This revolutionary flying machine has everything to seduce gliding enthusiasts with a top speed of up to 45 km/h (28 mph), an autonomy of up to 80 minutes, and full of new sensations it offers.
The Neptune X electric board is made of carbon fiber, fiberglass, EPS foam, and resin parts that keep the surface cool to the touch even when the surfboard is exposed to radiant sunlight. The board itself is 1.68 meters long, has a width of 1.1 meters, and weighs around 16 kg. It has a 2.3kWh removable battery integrated and a detachable full carbon hydrofoiling wing, measuring 80 centimeters high, is mounted underneath.
It is equipped with a 48V electric motor rated at 3kW nominal and 12kW peak power, rotating at the speed of 6500rpm. The integrated 2.3 kWh Samsung battery weighs 12.5 kg and takes 2 hours to get fully charged.
The user stands on the surfboard on the water, squeezes the trigger on the gun-shaped remote, and the surf begins to accelerate. As the speed increases, the surf begins to rise above the water surface, which literally cuts its wing propulsion at a maximum speed of up to 45 km/h (28 mph) for up to 80 minutes. Surf is able to carry a user weighing up to 130 kilograms.
But this form of entertainment is not cheap. The Neptune X electric hydrofoil base set is priced at 12,000 euros (the US $13,000), so it can be enjoyed by ordinary people if they rent it somewhere in the near future.