1) What is the learning curve like? Do I need to be able to surf/snowboard?
Learning to Fliteboard is different for everyone. We have seen experienced surfers foiling in five minutes, or take a three to four sessions before they can comfortably balance the foil. We have seen people with limited water sports experience get the hang of Fliteboard very quickly, and others that need a number sessions and a few hours of practice. However most riders will be having run instantly, as riding on the board, even when not foiling is rewarding. Similar to riding a bike, with practice, foiling becomes automatic.
Experience balancing on a board of some kind will be a significant advantage. Fliteboard recommends lessons through an approved Flite School.
2. Is Fliteboarding dangerous?
Like other water and snow sports, expect to crash and have a few thrills and spills - especially when learning. And like other water and snow sports, learning to Fliteboard can be an extreme activity. You need to be travelling at around 20kph to be able to hydrofoil, and there is potential to the hit the board or foil in a crash. Part of the learning experience involves learning to fall away from the board to avoid injury.
2) Should I wear a lifejacket/safety gear?
It is highly recommended that you wear appropriate safety gear when Fliteboarding, including an approved PFD and helmet.
3) Does Fliteboard need a license or registration?
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. Fliteboard will provide information as it comes to hand from various authorities in Australia, however it is the responsibility of riders to be aware of and comply with regulations in their specific location.
4) Does Fliteboard have any weight restrictions?
Fliteboard has been extensively tested with riders weighing up to 100kg. Heavier riders will be able to get foiling, however our factory recommended limit for warranty and other purposes is currently 100kg.
5) How does the hand controller work? Is it waterproof?
The Flite Controller is fully waterproof. It includes a magnetic hall sensor throttle for very precise throttle control. The hand Controller includes a number of rider modes to make learning easier, and also to provide precision control for experienced riders. Flite Controller includes a 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 battery power.
6) Can Fliteboard be used in waves?
While Fliteboard can be ridden and turned 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 is heavier than a surfboard or SUP Foil, and therefore can be more dangerous to riders or other water users if caught in a wave. Fliteboard recommends you use a paddle Sup or Surf foil for dedicated wave riding.
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).
7) Where can I learn - where is my closest Fliteschool?
Flite School locations will be available on the Fliteboard website in coming weeks.
8) How much does a Fliteboard weigh?
The complete Fliteboard package weighs between 22kg and 28kg depending upon board, battery and wing choice.
9) Is Fliteboard environmentally friendly?
Fliteboard is emission free, noise free and wake free. It’s battery power means it can be charged using renewable energy. Fliteboard’s hydrofoil efficiency and light weight makes it potentially the most environmentally friendly ‘powered’ watercraft (not reliant upon wind or waves) when speed and range is considered.