What should I wear for my lesson?
First of all, we will be spending most of the lesson in the water, so a swim suit is the obvious answer. What may not be obvious is that you will be transitioning between three positions: prone - kneeling - standing. Our deck pads on our boards are very good for foot grips, which also means they can wear on your knees. It would be a good idea to protect your knees with either longer swim pants, or neoprene sleeves to avoid unnecessary rubs or skin abrasions. For women, we definitely recommend more than a bikini bottom. Ideally, wearing aerobic pants or paddling pants would be helpful. A shirt is also a good idea to keep the sun off your arms and back, but not necessary.
What equipment will be provided by HEE?
Safety is paramount for us, so we will provide every student with a helmet and a life vest. We have multiple sizes, so you will be covered. We also use communication devices so that we can provide you with clear instructions while we are on the water. Finally, we provide the efoil and all necessary equipment to ensure that you have a fun-filled experience.
Do I need surf experience to ride the eFoil?
Not at all! Any type of boarding experience is helpful so that you have a good understanding of balancing on a moving board. This includes skateboards, snowboards, wake boards, and surfboards. Balance is a big part of riding any board, so even balance beam experience helps with efoiling.
Do I need to be an athlete to ride the eFoil?
Athleticism is always a desirable trait to have when you are trying a new physical activity, but it certainly is not a deal breaker. First of all, standing up is not a requirement for foiling. Some of our students prefer the stability of kneeling and start to foil from their knees instead of from their feet. As long as you have a comfortable sense of balance, and you can perform a one-legged squat, you should be able to stand up on our efoil boards. If a one-legged squat is difficult, or your balance is a bit shaky, then we would recommend that you stay in the prone or the kneeling position for your lesson.
Can I bring my GoPro camera to capture this experience?
Absolutely! You will want to watch yourself when you get home. Your family and friends will want to know why you are so excited about this efoiling thing. We have helmet mounts on every helmet, and a board mount on the nose of our efoil boards. As long as you have a standard GoPro mount to slip onto our helmets or boards, you are encouraged to bring your GoPro camera.
Is eFoiling safe for my child?
We recommend children under 16 to NOT participate in efoiling. Children 16 and older are definitely safe to ride an efoil. Although we brag a bit about how fast we can go on an efoil (25 mph), the reality is that only the pros operate this equipment at that top speed. During your first lesson, we stay below 10 mph. Additionally, the throttle is in your hand, so only you can determine your speed.
How strong of a swimmer do I need to be?
Swimming proficiency is what we require. You will need to demonstrate to your instructor that you are able to swim with a life vest and helmet on while holding your hand controller. Everyone falls off of the efoil on their first try. Being able to swim back to your efoil board is a common activity for any efoil lesson. Speed is not required, and grace is optional. Style points still count.
How far from shore will be go?
Our lessons are mostly conducted in paths that are parallel to the shoreline. The area that we use typically is 200 - 300 feet offshore so that we are not interfering with offshore fishing and most swimmers. People on the beach will be able to see you, but they won't see the color of your eyes.
Are you a licensed operator?
Yes. We are licensed, insured, and authorized to do what we do. Hawaii Efoil Experience is the ONLY commercial operator licensed to conduct efoil lessons in the State of Hawaii. We have been granted permission to conduct our lessons in two locations. We are also insured as any reputable business would be in order to protect our assets, our operations, and our customers. Finally, we are authorized by Lift Foils to conduct efoil lessons and to sell Lift Foils equipment. If you are going to participate in an activity that involves specialized equipment in the ocean, you should know that your guide is conducting business correctly and following all rules and regulations. If they are cutting corners with rules and regulations, what other short cuts are they taking that could impact your experience?
I am thinking about buying an eFoil, but I don't know which manufacturer or which size board is right for me. Can you help?
We are an authorized representative of Lift Foils, the inventor of the original efoil. We can address all of your questions about Lift, and some of your questions about other manufacturers. We have two of the four efoil boards and two of their front wing sizes from Lift that you can try so that you can compare the differences. We operate under Lift's "fly before you buy" program so that you know what you are getting before you make the investment. Additionally, we will provide you with a discount code that nearly covers your lesson cost that will reduce your purchase price of a Lift efoil.
Can I rent your eFoil boards for the day?
It depends. If you have taken a lesson with us, it is possible. We need to ensure that you know how to operate and to care for the efoil boards. These efoil boards are not common (yet), and there are many hazards that you could run into in the water and on land. Come talk to us one-on-one to determine how it could be possible for you to rent a board.
How much does a lesson cost?
The base rate is $350 per lesson which provides you with a 90-minute lesson. At least 60 of those minutes will be spent on the water. We also offer discounts for kama'aina, U.S. military and veteran families, and repeat customers that can add up to $100 off. Find the discount codes near the bottom of our homepage. HINT: If none of the discount codes apply to you, visit one of our retail partners to get a discount code from them.
I am interested in the folding prop. How does it work, and can I try the folding prop during my lesson?
The folding prop is the latest innovation from Lift Foils. Essentially, it allows the eFoil to ride like a surf foil... by the power of the wave. You can see a video by the designer here. Hawaii Efoil Experience does have folding props, but they are reserved for use by experienced efoilers. We can show you the folding prop and discuss the benefits of them, but before you can use it, you will have to demonstrate to us that you know what you are doing before trying to take this into surf.