The dream of the creators of Back to the Future has finally come true. Over the past few years, the world has been rapidly captivated by Hydrofoil Surf flying boards, however, you can only ride them over water …
We are talking about hydrofoils – surfboards equipped with hydrofoils and engines. The principle of operation of such devices is quite simple, so one can only guess why mankind thought of them only in the 2010s.
Hydrofoil is a simple structure (surfboard) of hydrofoils and a mast, the main advantage of which is that it expands the possibilities of riding on the water. It is usually made from steel, aluminum and fiberglass. It also functions very simply – if you tilt your body back and press on the board with your back foot, it rises higher in the wave. And if you tilt your body forward and press on the board with your front foot, then it will sink more into the water.
Electrohydrofoil is almost the same structure to which a motor is attached to the boom, powered by a battery with a capacity of 40-50 A. up to 45 km / h. Stabilization is provided by hydrofoils and, of course, rider coordination. Considering that the batteries of a conventional electrohydrofoil last for an hour and a half, you can run 100-120 km on a single charge! The board is controlled by a remote control similar to a joystick that a surfer holds in his hand.
It was expected that electrohydrofoils would literally turn the world of outdoor enthusiasts upside down in the summer season of 2020. Most likely, it would have happened if it had not been for the outbreak of the coronavirus and the collapse of global tourism. Meanwhile, nothing stops this vehicle from revolutionizing the minds of surfers in the 2021 season.
In Russia, the first electrohydrofoils appeared in 2019, but in very small quantities, rather as exotic. Today, they are actively traded on the Internet, and the first clubs and schools for water hoverboard lovers began to appear in cities with a population of over one million. However, according to one of the enthusiasts of this type of transport, the founder of Ibiza Foils, Daniel Van Doorren, it is quite easy to learn how to soar above the water. To be able to repeat Marty McFly’s maneuvers over water, it is enough to spend 2-3 hours on training.