Fliteboard is now available for pre-order. Priority is based upon the order of reservations placed. Deliveries will commence in two stages:
1. Starting November 2018: Australia, NZ and nearby countries, and pre-reserved Flite Schools around the world.
2. Starting February 2019: Europe, Americas, Asia and the Middle East.
In Australia, the price for Fliteboard without options or add-ons is $14,850 including GST and shipping. For pricing in New Zealand, Europe the US and the rest of the world, please refer to pricing on fliteboard.com.
In Australia, the deposit required to reserve a priority in the queue is $5,500 including GST. See our product features page for details on pricing and deposit amount elsewhere.
The Deposit is refundable – less any fees that are charged to us to process the refund payment – up until you’ve received the Purchase Agreement and paid the Second Instalment. Please refer to Reservation Terms & Conditions for more information.
We accept MasterCard, Visa, PayPal and Poli.
We are working with finance partners in Australia and will be announcing finance options in the coming weeks.
Yes, most components except for the Foil Power Unit can purchased separately. A second battery, battery charger, front wing or even board are available as add-on components.
Full payment is required prior to shipping your board. You can make the Final Balance Payment any time you like, but this won’t effect your place in the queue. The expected shipment date of your order will be confirmed at the time that we send you the Purchase Agreement, roughly 16 weeks prior to shipment.
There are 3 different board on offer.
Fliteboard – 5’8”x28”, 100L is the best size for most riders from 50kg to 90kg who are willing to take a few sessions to really get the hang of it.
Fliteboard PRO – 5’0”x24.5”, 70L is the smallest board for the most responsive ride when foiling. It is more difficult to learn on and getting going is more challenging, particularly for heavy riders and in choppy water conditions.
Fliteboard AIR 6’8”x30”, 175L is an inflatable board with the most stability, suitable for beginners to get up and riding during their first session. The inflatable construction makes this board light weight, more impact resistant, and very easy to transport.
The epoxy construction boards, Fliteboard and Fliteboard PRO, can be repaired by your local surfboard repair specialist. The inflatable construction Fliteboard AIR may be repaired using the included repair kit. Fliteboard Limited Warranty covers damage caused by defects in the materials or workmanship of the product.
Yes, the Cruiser and Flyer wings are compatible and interchangeable with any Fliteboard.
The Fliteboard and Fliteboard PRO boards are crafted with advanced PVC and carbon sandwich construction. The timber finish boards are finished in high quality ash top and biax-carbon bottom. The white and black boards are finished in ballistic grade carbon Innegra top and biax-carbon bottom.
The battery charges using a special charger that plugs into a standard household wall socket, either 220-240V or 110-120V.
The time to fully charge the Flite Cell battery depends on the capacity, either 30 Ah or 42 Ah, and the current available by the wall socket used. Expect charging times of between 2 and 3.5 hours depending upon individual circumstances.
Unfortunately electric vehicle batteries are not permitted on passenger aircraft. Depending on the route, it may be possible to ship the Flite Cell separately on a dedicated cargo plane, via road or sea transport.
The Flite Controller display shows the remaining battery power as voltage, remaining time and range (based upon your power consumption). An efficiency screen on the controller displays watt hours per kilometre, to guide you to speed up or slow down to maximise your ride time and range.
In addition, the specially configured Battery Management System will reduce the power available when the battery is close to running out. This gives you enough power to motor slowly back to shore, but not enough power to foil. For safety reasons, you should never ride further from shore than you are prepared to swim.
The Cruiser wing offers early lift and stable foiling at lower speeds, great carving ability for riding swells. The Cruiser wing works well for riders of all weights. For beginner riders great than 75kg, the Cruiser wing is recommended.
The Flyer wing offers less drag and requires higher speed to generate foiling lift. This wing provides greater top speed and responsive turns at high speed. The Flyer wing can we used by heavier riders too, but offers is most efficiency for light weight riders, or experienced riders travelling at higher speed.
Fliteboard wings are carbon composite epoxy construction and can be repaired by your local surfboard repair specialist.
Yes, both Cruiser and Flyer wings are compatible and interchangeable with all Fliteboards.
Fliteboard wings are built in a high pressure, pre-preg carbon fibre construction for stiffness and strength.
The top speed of Fliteboard depends on the A) The wing used, B) The riders weight, rider’s weight, and C) rider experience. In our testing an 80kg rider using the Flyer wing achieved a top speed of 40km/h. The same rider with the Cruiser wing can achieve a top speed of 34km/h. We expect these performance metrics to improve as we further refine wings, propulsion and propellor for final production.
Ride time and range are dependant upon A) Rider weight B) Average speed and C) Wing choice. In testing an 85kg rider achieves a range of over 25km using the Flyer wing at an average speed of 25km with a continuous run time of approximately one hour – using the ‘Explore’ Battery. The same rider achieves a 40 minute run time and 18km range using the Flyer wing and Sport battery. Lighter riders can greater range and run time, and heavier riders will achieve less.
Remember this is continuous riding time. Most riders are likely to have tired legs before the battery goes flat! There Fliteboard engineering team is still making final refinements and metrics may improve further in the final production model.
Learning to Fliteboard is different for everyone. We have seen experienced surfers foiling in five minutes, or take a three to four sessions before they can comfortably balance the foil. We have seen people with limited water sports experience get the hang of Fliteboard very quickly, and others that need a number sessions and a few hours of practice. However most riders will be having run instantly, as riding on the board, even when not foiling is rewarding. Similar to riding a bike, with practice, foiling becomes automatic.
Experience balancing on a board of some kind will be a significant advantage. Fliteboard recommends lessons through an approved Flite School.
Like other water and snow sports, expect to crash and have a few thrills and spills – especially when learning. And like other water and snow sports, learning to Fliteboard can be an extreme activity. You need to be travelling at around 20kph to be able to hydrofoil, and there is potential to the hit the board or foil in a crash. Part of the learning experience involves learning to fall away from the board to avoid injury.
It is highly recommended that you wear appropriate safety gear when Fliteboarding, including an approved PFD and helmet.
Regulations vary from State to State and Country to Country. For example in Australia, Fliteboard is exempt from registration in some states, and in others it must be registered as a vessel. Fliteboard will provide information as it comes to hand from various authorities in Australia, however it is the responsibility of riders to be aware of and comply with regulations in their specific location.
Fliteboard has been extensively tested with riders weighing up to 100kg. Heavier riders will be able to get foiling, however our factory recommended limit for warranty and other purposes is currently 100kg.
The Flite Controller is fully waterproof. It includes a magnetic hall sensor throttle for very precise throttle control. The hand Controller includes a number of rider modes to make learning easier, and also to provide precision control for experienced riders. Flite Controller includes a display that provides a range of information to help you get the most from your ride, and to assist you to return home with remaining battery power.
While Fliteboard can be ridden and turned a wave or ocean swell (just like a SUP or Surf foil) Fliteboard is not suitable for riding breaking waves in the surf zone. Riders do so at their own risk.
Fliteboard is much lighter than other powered craft, however is heavier than a surfboard or SUP Foil, and therefore can be more dangerous to riders or other water users if caught in a wave. Fliteboard recommends you use a paddle Sup or Surf foil for dedicated wave riding.
Fliteboard should never be ridden in the breaking surf zone, near other water users (including swimmers and surfers) or offshore from swimmers and surfers (in case Fliteboard is pushed towards shore in a wave).
Flite School locations will be available on the Fliteboard website in coming weeks.
The complete Fliteboard package weighs between 22kg and 28kg depending upon board, battery and wing choice.
Fliteboard is emission free, noise free and wake free. It’s battery power means it can be charged using renewable energy. Fliteboard’s hydrofoil efficiency and light weight makes it potentially the most environmentally friendly ‘powered’ water craft (not reliant upon wind or waves) when speed and range is considered.