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Waydoo is set to make personal electric hydrofoils more accessible

Waydoo is set to make personal...
The Waydoo Flyer allows users to "surf" on flat water
The Waydoo Flyer allows users to "surf" on flat water
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The Waydoo Flyer weighs 25 kg (55 lb)
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The Waydoo Flyer weighs 25 kg (55 lb)
The Waydoo Flyer allows users to "surf" on flat water
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The Waydoo Flyer allows users to "surf" on flat water
The Waydoo Flyer has a top speed of 35 km/h (22 mph)
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The Waydoo Flyer has a top speed of 35 km/h (22 mph)
The Waydoo Flyer's speed and height are controlled via a Bluetooth handheld remote
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The Waydoo Flyer's speed and height are controlled via a Bluetooth handheld remote
The Waydoo Flyer can reportedly run for 40 to 60 minutes on one 2-hour charge of its 18650 lithium-ion battery pack
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The Waydoo Flyer can reportedly run for 40 to 60 minutes on one 2-hour charge of its 18650 lithium-ion battery pack
The Waydoo Flyer disassembles into two pieces for transport – it can be put back together by hand
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The Waydoo Flyer disassembles into two pieces for transport – it can be put back together by hand

It was just a couple of years ago that we heard about Lift Foils' eFoil, a surfboard-like personal electric hydrofoil. And while it does look like a lot of fun, it also costs US$12,000. China's Waydoo is now about to provide some competition, though, with its $7,999 Flyer.

First of all, here are the basic specs.

Propelled by a 6,000-watt brushless motor, the carbon fiber-bodied Waydoo Flyer has a top speed of 35 km/h (22 mph – the eFoil tops out at 25 mph), and can reportedly run for 40 to 60 minutes on one 2-hour charge of its 18650 lithium-ion battery pack. It weighs 25 kg (55 lb), can accommodate riders weighing up to 120 kg (265 lb), is 1,800 mm long (71 inches), and disassembles into two pieces for transport – it can be put back together by hand.

The Waydoo Flyer disassembles into two pieces for transport – it can be put back together by hand
The Waydoo Flyer disassembles into two pieces for transport – it can be put back together by hand

Speed and height are controlled via a Bluetooth handheld remote, with riders being able to select between Beginner and Advanced modes, depending on their skill level. Other features include a slip-resistant textured wooden deck, a removable rope that beginners can hold onto to boost their stability while standing, and a GoPro-compatible quick-release camera mount.

A prototype of the Waydoo Flyer will be showcased next week at the CES show in Las Vegas. Commercial distribution is scheduled to begin in March.

Another personal electric hydrofoil, the Jetfoiler, has yet to enter production.

Source: Waydoo

UPDATE (Jan. 7/19): The planned price of the Waydoo Flyer has been revised since this article was first posted. We were initially provided with a figure of $4,999.

2 comments
ChairmanLMAO
sure hope that remote is tied and colorful and floats . was also thinking pilot should be able to sit and carry a passenger in bad case scenario.
ljaques
I wonder how long it can run at slower speeds, ON the water... Too bad Waydoo's bigwigs demanded the extra $3k price tag. Those can't cost over a couple grand to build. I expect motors and battery packs to show up on Ebay, Banggood, and Aliexpress within a year, so the DIYers can get into it more easily. I could use one here on the Rogue River. ;)