A new spin on seaside fun.
It’s a little like surfing, but more hi-tech… and might we add less strenuous. Electric hydrofoils are basically surfboards with an electric propeller attached to a large fin underneath, that allows a foiler to ride above the water – or “fly” (to use the lingo).
Lukas Nel has opened Cape Town’s first efoiling school, offering lessons in Hout Bay, Simon’s Town and at the Waterfront (or on various dams). It takes about an hour-and-a-half to learn the ropes, and then you’ll be standing up, cruising and carving above the ocean on your Fliteboard.
How it works
You’ll be supplied with a wetsuit, helmet and life vest, and after a 30-minute introduction and safety briefing, head into the water for your lesson with the pro. Group lessons (up to three people) are the perfect fun outing for friends or family, where you’ll share a board. If you prefer one-on-one teaching, private lessons are available, too. The minimum age is 12 years and maximum weight 100kg, and you don’t need to be especially fit or athletic for this activity.
Emission-free adrenaline adventure
This marvellous watercraft reaches a maximum speed of 55km/hour. Fliteboards are environmentally friendly, too – they’re whisper-quiet and emission-free, leaving no wake or pollution trail. For surfers, it can take them to waves previously out of reach, or allow them to surf even small waves. For everyone else, the exploration options are endless.
Efoil Cape Town also offers guided tours, for those who’ve mastered the art, offering a fun-filled adventure popping into bays along our stunning coast – not to mention the buzz of being the centre of attention when you appear in sight of beachgoers and bathers. Each tour is customised to your preferences.
Cost Lessons: R900 per person (for three people)
R1 000 per person (for two people)
R1 500 per person (private lesson)
Guided tour: R1 500 per person (three people max)
Duration 1.5 hours (lessons)
2 hours (tours)
Times Daily, 8am – 6pm
Address Hout Bay, Simon’s Town or Waterfront
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