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Learning to E-Foil: Tips from Brian Grubb ​

Ready to learn how to make your first day using the Lift e-foil a huge success? According to professional watersports athlete and Adventure IO guide Brian Grubb, master these simple steps and you’ll be foiling like a pro in no time.

1.) First, you want to start by lowering the power on the wireless hand controller down to 50 percent. If you don’t, you’ll probably be a little overwhelmed when starting up. Once that’s set, lay yourself stomach down on the board and get comfortable, holding the wireless trigger in your dominant hand and the nose of your board with your non-dominant hand.

Your first lesson: Don't start out with the hand controller at full blast.

2.) Now that you’re in the “beginning” position, the goal is to get the board moving, get to your knees, then your feet.

Gently start the board’s electric motor with your wireless trigger. At this point, the increase in speed should shift the nose of your electric hydrofoil slightly upwards. Once you’re at a comfortable pace, hold the nose of your board tightly and use it as leverage to bring yourself up to your knees.

3.) Nice! Now you’re in the “kneeling” position. It’s essential to feel the way your board is moving while in this position. It should feel like you’re gliding smoothly on top of the water with no drag; this is called being on “plane.” You should always have your board on plane before trying to stand up.

Slow and low: Crawl before you learn to walk.


Lift Foils Founder Nick Leason teaching a beginner the ways of the Efoil.

4.) Okay. After the board is on plane and you’re comfortable moving, with your hand still on the nose, place one foot forward and stand yourself up. It’s important that when you do this you keep weight on the FRONT of your board and just keep riding it on the water, without trying to lift up onto the foil yet.

Congrats! If you made it this far, you’ve successfully got yourself into the “riding” position. When you’re comfortable and ready to fly, put weight on your back foot to trim the board up off the water and then back onto your front foot to balance it out. It’s all about balancing the board where the wing and prop are in the water and the board is off the water.

Now you can start practicing small turns and going a little faster. Just remember to keep the nose of the board level using your front foot. After a few minutes up on the board, you’ll notice it’s is all about balancing the wing and prop.

Grab your friends and go!

And that’s it! Keep practicing these steps, and in a short amount of time, you and your crew can begin flying over water.


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