Frequently asked questions:
Fliteboard is an electric powered hydrofoil, also known as an eFoil. Standing on the board, riders use a handheld Flite Controller to manage their speed. With a mast that is partially underwater, Fliteboarding gives you the feeling of freedom as you glide silently just above the water.
Fliteboard refers to the whole configuration of board, Flitecell (battery) and eFoil (propulsion unit). Technically, an eFoil refers to the mast / propulsion unit only. That said, many people refer to the setup as an eFoil and the sport as eFoiling. We also call it Fliteboarding.
Fliteboard has been extensively tested with riders weighing up to 120 kg / 265 lbs. Heavier, experienced riders may be able to use Fliteboard, however our factory specified limit for warranty is 120 kg with the Flite Propeller and 100 kg / 220 lbs with the Flite Jet on Fliteboard and AIR. Our factory specified limit for warranty is 100kg / 220 lbs for PRO and ULTRA / L with the Flite Propeller or Flite Jet.
The complete Fliteboard package weighs between 22.5 - 34kg depending upon the board, Flitecell and wing choice.
Fliteboard ULTRA L is the lightest performance eFoil in the market at just 22.5kg including wing and Flitecell Nano. All weights and dimensions for each board, mast and Flitecell can be found in the User Guide.
Along with being the most awarded eFoil on the market, Fliteboard spares no expense when crafting our eFoil. We use only the most premium quality materials in all aspects of the Fliteboard, including our patented Unibody Fuselage which is machined from a single block of aircraft grade aluminium in a 14-hour process. We’ve made significant R&D advancements in our Flitecells (batteries) and believe they are the safest marine battery on the market. Fliteboard’s advanced safety features like automatic tilt detection and magnetic arming, and intelligent Battery Management System ensure your ride is seamless.
We have a wide range of Fliteboard models - from beginner to expert, we have a setup for you. Fliteboard's modular design allows you to advance and share your rides with friends and family. Our 2 year warranty across all Fliteboard products and 24/7 global Customer Support ensure you always get the best assistance possible.
Fliteboards operate on battery power, which means they can be recharged using renewable energy. Our hydrofoil efficiency and light weight potentially make Fliteboard the most environmentally friendly ‘powered’ water craft (not reliant upon wind or waves) when speed and range is considered. Sustainability is one of our company values and we are on a path of continuous improvement to make Fliteboard as environmentally friendly as possible.
We have offices in Melbourne Australia; San Fransisco and Nyack in the USA; and Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Fliteboard HQ is in Byron Bay, Australia. This is where we design and assemble our Fliteboards, each one hand finished and treated like a bespoke work of art. If you are interested in lessons, servicing or purchasing in-store, we have 300+ Flite Partners and resellers around the world that can be found via our Locations page.
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You can carry the board by holding one handle and the mast. The board can either be in front of you or behind you. Alternatively, you can crouch down beside the board and place the mast on the top of your shoulder. Engaging your core, lift your setup as if you are coming out of a squat. The board will be resting on your back and you can have both hands on the mast.
If carrying the complete board and battery is too heavy, we suggest carrying them separately and connecting the battery close to where you’ll enter the water. Just be sure to avoid putting your Flitecell battery on the sand. Carry it down and place it straight into your board.
Many people have compared Fliteboarding to snowboarding in soft powder. It's similar to surfing and skateboarding but requires more front foot pressure.
The propulsion system is the difference between an eFoil vs hydrofoil. Through the use of electric power, you can experience a quiet yet thrilling ride on an eFoil. The electric motor gives you the power to fly through the air above a flat lake or river without the effort of pumping, like you do on a hydrofoil. While a hydrofoil relies on wind and waves, eFoils give you the freedom to ride anywhere, anytime. eFoiling has a much easier learning curve than hydrofoiling or surfing.
Like other water and snow sports, expect to crash and have a few thrills and spills, especially when learning. Like other water and snow sports, learning to Fliteboard can be an extreme activity. You need to be travelling at around 20km/h to be able to hydrofoil, and there is potential to hit the board, wing or eFoil in a crash. Part of the learning experience involves learning to fall away from the board to avoid injury. We reccomend wearing a PFD and a helmet.
Fliteboard can achieve speeds in excess of 50km/h. Top speed depends on a number of variables including weight, wing choice, propulsion system and rider ability. It's best to review our Ride Time Calculator for the most accurate data.
Regulations vary from State to State and Country to Country. For example, in Australia Fliteboard is exempt from registration in some states, and in others it must be registered as a vessel. It is the responsibility of riders to be aware of and comply with regulations in their specific location.
It is highly recommended that you wear appropriate safety gear when Fliteboarding, including an approved PFD and helmet. When going out alone, notify people of your location and intented time of return. You may choose to ride with your cellphone in a waterproof pouch in the event of an emergency. If going a long distance, ensure you have a support boat to accompany you.
Our Bluetooth Flite Controller has the battery charge % displayed on the screen and gives warnings at 50%, 10% and low battery, so you can make it back to land before running out. You'll hear a beep, vibration and get a message. We suggest not riding out further than you are willing to swim back.
While Fliteboard can be ridden in a wave or ocean swell (just like a SUP or surf foil) Fliteboard is not suitable for riding breaking waves in the surf zone. Riders do so at their own risk.
Fliteboard is much lighter than other powered craft, however it is heavier than a surfboard or SUP Foil. Therefore, it can be more dangerous to riders or other water users if caught in a wave. Fliteboard should never be ridden in the breaking surf zone, near other water users (including swimmers and surfers) or offshore from swimmers and surfers (in case Fliteboard is pushed towards shore in a wave).
Your purchase is final once we have received payment in full for your product and shipped it to you. We do not accept the return of any product unless faulty, in which case the return must be made in accordance with our Terms & Conditions of Sale.
We accept MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, Poli and Direct Bank Transfer.
Yes, most components like a second Flitecell, Flitecell Charger, front wing or even boards are available as add-ons.
Full payment is required prior to shipping your board. You can make the Final Balance Payment any time you'd like, but this won’t affect your place in the queue. The expected shipment date of your order will be confirmed at the time that we send you the Purchase Agreement, after your order has been placed. We offer next day shipping/dispatch on most configurations.
The epoxy construction boards, Fliteboard, PRO and ULTRA /L can be repaired by your local surfboard repair specialist. The inflatable construction Fliteboard AIR may be repaired using the included repair kit. Fliteboard Limited 2 year Warranty covers damage caused by defects in the materials or workmanship of the product only.
There are 4 different models on offer.
Fliteboard – 5'8'' x 100L is the best size for most riders who are willing to take a few sessions to really get the hang of it. (Available in Carbon Fibre and Fibreglass)
Fliteboard PRO – 5'0'' x 67L is a smaller board for a more responsive ride. It isn't as easy to learn on, particularly for heavy riders. Well suited to those with boardsports experience or lighter weight riders. (Available in Carbon Fibre and Fibreglass)
Fliteboard ULTRA / L – 4'2" x 57L is an adrenaline machine. Minimal swing weight lets you push eFoiling limits. Best for experienced riders. (Available in Carbon Fibre only)
Fliteboard AIR – 6'8" x 164L is an inflatable board with the most stability, making it perfect for beginners. It is lightweight, more impact resistant, and very easy to transport.
Fliteboard, PRO and ULTRA / L are made from our signature composite of carbon fibre and bulletproof grade Italian Carbon Innegra. This material provides superior strength for its weight. Boards are lighter to carry but can still withstand frequent use, wear and tear.
Fliteboard and PRO are also available in fibreglass construction. You'll still get the performance and durability that Fliteboard is known for, at a more accessible price point.
AIR has an inflatable PVC Coated Drop Stitch exterior and carbon core. This allows for constant use and enjoyment. Considered design makes it easy to roll up, transport and store.
Fliteboard and PRO are available in 'Carbon' and 'Carbon Classic'. Both are made from the same premium carbon fibre and innegra construction for ultimate strength to weight ratio. 'Carbon Classic' refers to the board's classic, iconic shape. 'Carbon' boards showcase a new shape, deck grips, handles and finishes.
The main difference between Flitecell Explore, Sport and Nano is the foil time. You can find out more information with the Ride Calculator.
We have two chargers available for purchase. Both plug into a standard household wall socket.
Flitecell Charger is 13.5 Amp. It charges Flitecell Explore in 2hr 30min, Flitecell Sport in 1hr 45min and Flitecell Nano in 1hr.
Flitecell Fast Charger is 25 Amp. It charges Flitecell Explore in 1hr 45min, Flitecell Sport in 1hr 15min and Flitecell Nano in 50min.
Unfortunately electric vehicle batteries are not permitted on passenger aircraft at this stage. Depending on the route, it may be possible to ship the Flitecell separately on a dedicated cargo plane, via road or sea transport.
The Flite Controller display shows the remaining Flitecell power as voltage, remaining time and range (based upon your power consumption). An efficiency screen on the controller displays watt hours per kilometre, to guide you to speed up or slow down to maximise your ride time and range.
In addition, the specially configured Battery Management System will reduce the power available when the Flitecell is close to running out. This gives you enough power to motor slowly back to shore, but not enough power to foil. For safety reasons, you should never ride further from shore than you are prepared to swim.
The maximum possible distance can vary in excess of 40km / 25mi and depends on your wing choice, battery choice, conditions, rider experience and weight. Checkout the Ride Calculator for a precise indication based on individual setups.
Flitecell is the best portable marine battery range available. Ride duration is dependent on a number of variables like weight, speed, competency of the rider as well as wing and propulsion system. The most accurate indication of battery charge duration is found on our Ride Calculator.
Yes, all Fliteboard wings are compatible and interchangeable with any Fliteboard, however the Cruiser 1800 and Cruiser Jet 1800 are for Series 2 and 3 Fuselages only. We do not recommend putting performance wings on the AIR.
Fliteboard wings are carbon composite epoxy construction and can be repaired by your local surfboard repair specialist.
Fliteboard wings are built in a high pressure, pre-preg carbon fibre construction for stiffness and strength.
Sometimes foil wings can make a humming noise at certain speeds. This can be easily fixed by a process called 'tuning' which involves lightly sandpapering the trailing edge of the wing. Follow the instructions in this video to tune your wing and get rid of the noise.
Yes, except the Flite 500 stabiliser which requires its own set of shims (those are supplied together with the stabiliser wing when purchased).
We offer 3 masts of varying length that are best suited to different boards and rider preferences.
60cm mast: Best suited to the AIR. Our 60cm mast is the most user friendly. In the event of a fall, riders are less likely to land on the wing, and when the rider falls it will be from a lower height above the water and therefore have a reduced impact. It also allows riders to Fliteboard in shallower water as there is less risk of hitting the bottom.
75cm mast: Suits Fliteboard, PRO and ULTRA / L. Our most popular mast length suits the widest range of users for all round performance from carving to cruising. Longer masts provide a benefit when riding in choppy conditions since there is more range of height to fly above the chop. The board can also be carved harder and tighter in the turns because the mast allows for a lower angle before the board touches the water.
80cm mast: Best suited to the ULTRA / L. Designed for more advanced riders, it's the preferred choice when tackling bigger waves. As with the 75cm mast, it allows for riding higher over choppy water and even more extreme lean angles in turns and carving.
The Flite Controller is fully waterproof. It includes a magnetic hall sensor throttle for precise throttle control. The Flite Controller includes a number of rider modes to make learning easier, and also to provide precision control for experienced riders. Flite Controller features a high contrast digital display that provides a range of information to help you get the most from your ride, and to assist you to return home with remaining Flitecell power.
In Series 3, we have introduced the following innovations and advancements:
Flite Jet is the world's smallest and lowest drag jet for the safest, smoothest ride.
Dual Drive is a unique interchangeable propulsion design allowing riders to change from jet to prop.
ULTRA L is the world's lightest performance eFoil.
Flitecell Nano is the lightest lithium-ion eFoil battery.
80cm / 31.5" mast lets you ride higher, carve harder and take on bigger waves.
Fibreglass construction options are available at a more affordable price for Fliteboard and PRO.
Cruiser Jet wings are perfectly paired with Flite Jet for max efficiency and safer wing tips.
New iconic shape for Fliteboard and PRO.
Premium inset custom deckgrips, sliding silicon handles, silicon nose guard, new colours and finishes.
Fliteboard PRO in black comes standard with footstraps for freestyle riders wanting to push the limits.
You can purchase Fliteboard Series 3 directly from our website, or head to the Locations page to find the closest reseller near you. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org and the Sales Team will be able to assist you.
Flite Jet is the world's smallest eFoil jet, featuring a fully shielded impeller. It offers the safest smoothest Fliteboard experience. Read more about jet vs propeller riding.
Unique to Flite, Dual Drive is an innovative propulsion system that allows the user to quickly change from Flite Jet to Flite Propeller or True Glide Prop. No tools required.
Flite Jet is the world's smallest, lowest drag eFoil jet. Featuring a fully shielded impeller that reduces the risk of contact to ensure the safest, smoothest ride. It’s the ideal choice for families, beginners, yachts and Fliteschools.
Flite Propeller is the best choice for maximum efficiency, thrust and control. We recommend that beginners use the Prop Guard for safety. Intermediate riders can remove it and replace it with the Pro Tail Cover for greater efficiency and to reach top speeds.
True Glide is a free spinning propeller, designed for minimum drag when catching waves and riding swell. Using only the power of the ocean, you can release the trigger to glide. The transition between powered and unpowered is unbelievably smooth. Power back out after your wave to catch the next set. This is the best choice for experienced riders looking for max range to weight ratio.
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We recommend the True Glide prop for catching waves.
No tools are required to change from jet to prop, however tools are required to remove the prop guard (if applicable). Prop guard removal tools are supplied to customers when purchasing the Pro Tail cover, which is essential if using a propeller without the prop guard.
If you purchase a jet and prop, you will receive an eFoil case that has space for both propulsion systems.
No, Flite Jet is only compatible with Series 3.
The 80cm mast is not compatible with Series 1. Customers with a Series 2 board may attach the 80cm mast to all models except AIR.
Series 2 Pro Tail Covers are compatable with Series 3. Series 1 are a stand-alone product.
Series 2 Fliteboard is compatible with Series 2.2 and Series 3 Flitecell range, eFoil Packaging, Flite Controller and Flite App updates.
Series 2.2 eFoil packaging is compatible with Series 2. Series 2 customers can purchase via our website.
Titanium plates make Series 2.2 Flitecell the most robust and durable marine battery there is. It contains premium 21700 cells and additional thermal headroom. Phase Change Material is in Flitecell Explore. Advanced BMS (Battery Management System) in the entire range.
The Series 2.2 Flite Controller has double the range with a new long throw trigger. The increased range from 20 to 40 degress allows riders to enjoy more precision and control when powering in and out of turns.
The wing quiver bag is an optional wing bag that can be purchased separately from our website.
Our Series 2.2 eFoil bag is 40% smaller, lighter and stronger, to house your eFoil perfectly. Our customers want choice and many own multiple wings to change up their ride. We now offer an optional wing quiver bag to house all those extra toys.
No. Series 2 eFoils require a special mastbox and battery box to work correctly as the receiver for the Flite Controller is now built into the Flitebox and not into the top of the board. Series 2 boards also have been designed to allow for RF signals to pass through it while underwater.
No. Series 1 eFoils require the board to have the Receiver built into the board. Series 2 boards expect the Receiver to be incorporated within the eFoils Flitebox.
Yes. Note, the Series 2 latches require the new backing plate with 4 screw mounting holes.
No. The connection signal is not strong enough, and the firmware is not compatible with the eFoil.
No. The firmware is not compatible. It can however be modified by Fliteboard HQ (requires internal software and firmware source files).
Yes. If using the Series 1 Sport battery, ensure the battery foam spacer is used in the battery compartment.
The label on the Flitecell is marked with a serial number.
The new deck grip has a thermoformed stipple (small bumps) across the diamond pattern to improve grip and comfort.
No. The Series 1 and 2 fuselages have different tail piece connections and are not interchangeable.
Yes but the Series 2 End Cap has been improved for better serviceability. The Series 2 End Cap can be used on the Series 1 fuselage but the Propeller Duct will need to be swapped for the Series 2 variant also.
No. The Series 1 variant does not have the correct bayonet fitting.
Yes. All wings are compatible with Series 1 and 2 eFoils.*
*Exception: The Cruiser 1800 must not be fitted to a Series 1 eFoil that does not have the reinforced webbing at the front of the fuselage. This can be confirmed by checking the serial number of the eFoil as it contains the information.
*The Cruiser 1800 wing must not be used on a 75cm eFoil
Yes but there will be a large step behind the aft of the wing which will result in induced drag.