Hydrofoil (or foil) board is a water board with a set of wings underneath it. Like an airplane, those wings lift the board off the water when a little speed is added. However, instead of flying on air the hydrofoil flies on water.
The roughly 8-foot-long SwagSurf arrives folded into threes and in a relatively small carrying case. The body of the device is inflated through a port on its top end. The SwagSurf is covered in a tough, drop-stitch fabric, and when I squeezed the board, it felt like it was filled with foam, not air.
On the back of the device, there is a small motor paired with a wireless remote control that the surfer can hold and use to control surf speed as he rides.
Like a regular surfboard, there are a pair of stabilization fins on the bottom, but in front of them is a hydrofoil. As you surf, the foil lifts the board and rider (who can weigh up to 240 pounds) up out of the water. To maintain stability, SwagSurf never completely clears the surface of the water, but Swagtron execs claim that it is lifted up enough to significantly reduce drag.
With the help of the motor, the board can glide along at up to 15 mph. It rides for an estimated 44 minutes per charge. Best of all, the battery is removable. If you buy a second 48-volt battery, you can open the battery compartment, which is accessible through the surface of the board, and put in a fresh one.
SwagSurf is designed to be used as a surfboard or paddle board, but I assume you could also just sit on it and let the motor drive you back to shore. It’s a surfboard for lazy people.
The electric motor of the hydrofoil lifts the surfboard out of the water and lets you cruise with nearly no drag. It’s efficient, as you seemingly glide above the waves at impressive speeds.
This innovative surfboard enhancement changes the game of water activities, as it is a totally new type of water toy to get you where you’re going — a good time. Much like a ‘conventional’ motorized surfboard, the handheld controls are similar, however, the speeds that you can achieve are far from the same.
The foil as well as the deck are made of the same composites as performance race boats, and while it is still under development you can expect the Jetfoiler to be cruising the waters near you sometime soon.
Amazingly fast, the electric motor of the hydrofoil lifts the surfboard out of the water and lets you cruise with nearly no drag. It’s efficient, as you seemingly glide above the waves at impressive speeds.