Fliteboarders rob wylie & morgan wylie took to the English Channel on fliteboards this Thursday August 12, 2021, becoming the first to successfully cross the English Channel on efoils. the father-son duo embarked on a new world first by flying over the English Channel non-stop. fliteboard is an electric hydrofoil that feels like flying over water and has earned an impressive reputation as the watercraft of the future.
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emission-free, alarm-free and virtually silent, fliteboard inaugurated a new category of eco-friendly personal watercraft. he has attracted a fan club that includes some of the most influential names in the world. The 37.37km mission took 1 hour 39 minutes 55 seconds from Cap Griz Nez in France to the Folkestone coastline, where the two surfers landed successfully after a continuous run from coast to coast with a single battery charging.
the trip was supported by a team of professionals from OTS watersports at poole, the first licensed fliteschool in the UK. in 1909 the same challenge was met by louis bleriot, who was the first to fly an airplane across the canal, for which he received a prize of £1,000 from the daily mail, 112 years later that is the battery-powered fliteboard and emission-free boards that take flite.
rob wylie said, ‘Ever since I experienced the first time on a fliteboard I was hooked because I knew it would be the next generation of watersports. I was so impressed that I also invested in the company to join the fliteboarding story and support awareness around the product and the efoiling category as a whole. crossing the English Channel not only set a new world record, but also proves how advanced fliteboard technology is that we managed to cross on a single battery charge. Rob Wylie and Morgan Wylie have now become the world record holders, completing the first non-stop Efoil Channel crossing in 1 hour 44 minutes on Thursday August 12, 2021.
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edited by: yasmina karam | design boom