Flying above the waves on an electric hydrofoil is a relatively new way to have fun on the water, but eFoil beginners can have a hard time. The Flitescooter uses large inflatable panels and a center handlebar to help people get started.
Following other beginner-friendly endeavors from Lift and Awake, Australia’s Flite is the latest manufacturer to focus on creating the “ultimate easy rider” for beginners. But the Flitescooter is equipped with handlebars for improved stability, balance and control.
The handlebar post mounts directly in front of the large inflatable panel battery bay – designed for easier launching from docks and boats. And the rider adopts a “more relaxed forward” stance on the non-slip upper surface, which also makes it suitable for families and tourists “looking for a more leisurely way to fly”.
The Flite skateboard features a new fully enclosed jet propulsion system on a 24″ mast with a simple thumb throttle for increasing or decreasing speed. The unit comes with a beginner-friendly set of Cruiser 1800 wings and a removable Flitecell Sport battery pack for up to 90 minutes of use per charge – with the optional Explore battery extending ride time to 150 minutes.
Flite estimates that novices can surface in minutes with minimal instruction, and as the user’s confidence and skill grow, the handheld Flite controller can be detached from the handlebar, with the handlebar itself removed (rather than like Sea-Doo Rise) and eFoil used as a surf-style flyer.
The Flitescooter is available for pre-order now, starting at $12,995, including a skateboard bag and a hand pump, with shipping expected to begin in late August. The video below has more.
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