- Oct 26, 2017 -
How We Built an Electric Flying Surfboard from the Ground Up
I was hooked. Nothing compared to the sensation of flying over water carving smooth, bottomless turns. It’s a feeling so unique; it kept me coming back for more.
There was only one problem…I had no one to share it with.
To harness the power of a wave and surf like a bird, although extremely rewarding, is difficult. Not because riding a foil is hard, but controlling the source -flying a kite or surfing a wave- takes skill.
To harness that type of power and gain excellent control is something that may take years to master.
So I set out to make it easy.
I started with the simple task of strapping an electric motor to our foils. My team and I took some parts we had in the shop, cut holes in them, bought some parts off the shelf and pretty much duct-taped pieces together. It took some tweaking, but eventually we got our first ride of about 50 feet.
So how did we build it?
The first few years were a chase. We had to convince the best minds in their field to work with us to build a flying surfboard. And yes... Pitching a flying surfboard is no easy task. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. And after countless conversations, costly contracts and lots of pleading,
my father and I were able to convince enough brilliant minds to help us build the components necessary to create the world’s first wireless, electric foil board.