E-Foiling on the Loosdrechtse Plassen is the ultimate sport for days without wind. Cruising on the water on a foil board with an electric motor.
Sometimes you want something different when there is no wind. Because we would like a board under our feet, we came up with the idea to book an E-Foil lesson the first the best windless day after our holiday.
What is E-Foiling
E-Foilen is a fast to learn board sport with electric motor. An E-Hydrofoil as shown below is a stable surfboard with mast and wide fin.
The board has a hydrofoil, called the foil, with an E-motor attached. With a remote control you accelerate and because of the speed the board comes out of the water and you feel an enormous freedom in balance and movement.
E-foiling is quickly to learn
Riding with an electric hydrofoil is quite easy. We had an E-Takuma board, which is very stable and which you can stand on even when standing still. Despite our senior age and therefore some stiff muscles, we were both on the board within 5 minutes. We are used to standing on a board and regularly practice on a balance board, that makes a difference, but even without a board feeling you will quickly stand up straight.
The remote control takes some getting used to. The throttle and your body position is very close, you have to play with that, but once you have the remote, it is time to bring the board in plan.
Hydrofoiling at last!
Hydrofoiling is for a kite surfer like me actually swearing in church, but underneath the skin I felt that it would come off once. Today was the day. An E-hydrofoil though, because it is the latest adult toy and appeals to the imagination.
We have booked a lesson with Johan van Hese and Dim Versluis from 2Foil.com. Johan’s home base is Het Gooi (Netherlands), where you can enjoy sailing on the Loosdrechtse Plassen and surroundings with your boat and now also with your hydrofoil.
We agreed with the Vuntus for our first E-Foil session.
When we arrive Johan from 2Foil.com is preparing the Takuma Hydrofoil. The foil is attached to the mast and in the meantime he tells us some safety instructions that we will be able to observe in the future. It is a fairly risk-free sport. You can fall off the board and with a bit of bad luck you have to swim a bit because you gave the E-Foil a move during your fall.
After a short instruction on how to sit/stand on the board and explanation of the remote, it is time to go foiling. We have booked a Duo instruction lesson and I am going first.
I feel a little tension when I climb on the board, like a seal shuffling up a sandbar, but once accelerated with the remote, I glide on the knees through the water. You steer with your body, it looks a bit like snowboarding. Once I have made my first turns and feel comfortable enough, it is time to stand. I make the same movement when you do on a surfboard and stand on my board. For the right balance, bring your weight to your front leg. I am a goofy so I put all the weight on my right leg. Now it’s a matter of accelerating, leaning forward to get out of the water.
After about 10 minutes we both realize how it works and we can enjoy a nice cruise on the lake. It’s accelerating, falling, getting up and continuing. The feeling as soon as you go on a plane and sail purely on the hydrofoil is special. Virtually no resistance, looking for your balance it has something meditative.
E-Foil lesson at 2foil.com
Do you also want to experience this unique feeling on an E-Hydrofoil? You can book a lesson at 2foil.com, they have a choice of private lessons, a duo lesson, but groups are also welcome. Din and Johan are experienced board sportsmen and will give you a super fun encounter playing with this fun toy!
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