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We Rode The Endless Wave

I feel like everything is going electric these days…and I’m not sad about it!  We’re curious about all sorts of electric-powered sailboats, dinghies, e-bikes…

But, riding an electric hydrofoil board wasn’t on my radar.  Probably because I had never even seen one.  That is until we met Ben and Lisa.

Ben is an extreme kinda guy and is all about trying anything at least once.  I would like to say this applies to just sports but that would be selling his personality short.  He’s an early adopter and they are both outside-the-box thinkers.  Especially for people living on a remote island in the South Pacific.

So really, it should come as no surprise that they would have a flying surfboard.

The idea of a hydrofoil isn’t all that new (been around since 1906) but as far as my research found, e-foils have only come about in the last few years.

Ben offered to teach us how to ride and we were happy to accept!

I figured it would be like learning to snowboard or surf.  2-3 days of busting my arse and then I might be able to have some fun.  But, I learned a lot faster than I expected.  15-20 minutes in and I was riding the endless wave, flying along at 25mph and it felt effortless!  A few more sessions and I really could see myself heading out into the waves just to give it try.

The only downside to the whole experience, my stand-up paddleboarding now feels a lot less exciting and very, very slow.

 

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Comments (29)

  • Hank I Heyns

    You guys are living your best life..well done

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  • Mary

    Looks like a great day! You guys made it look so easy!

    When you fell, was it like a face plant on the wakeboard??

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  • Deborah Kerr

    What a fun time with friends !! Love that tropical place – to live there would be a dream!!

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  • mderick

    Ha Ha:

    A guy was riding one of those in Vancouver Canada. The police stopped him and took the board.
    I guess they are illegal here in Canada.

    https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/foilboard-kitsilano-vancouver-police

    thanks for the Vid.

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  • Ken

    I am sitting in a lazy boy , in the middle of the Arizona desert,

    That looked so fun!
    Great Job!

    LJWK

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    • James Pierdon

      Why don’t you go inside where it’s air conditioned?

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  • Johanne Chowhan

    Niki. Where did you get your cute bathing suit? Love it.
    Jo

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    • Kim

      Me, too! I’d like to buy that suit.

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  • Brent W. Williams

    Im interested to come & live there and potentially working any way I can to help pay my rent! I’m inquiring if you have ever considered having any annual, even biannual renters of leasers? Leasing say to people who want to live there for longer than just a vacation? Say for a year or two.
    How can we follow when the borders finally open & what lengths of stay are even feasible?
    I’ve enjoyed watching your videos with great interest and fascination because you remind me so much of my family who come from a long line of Horticulturists & Naturalists.
    My great grandfather was written up in Reader’s digest for having migrated & cultivated the daffodil to this country from Holland. My grandfather & grandmother & uncle were renowned Horticulture experts. My uncle speaks all over the country on horticulture to this day & has authored 2 Time/Life Books on the Daffodil & the tulip. He has always been a survivalist who knows how to survive on what nature provides. He would take canoe trips teaching survival techniques to small groups of young people.
    My Grandmother was sailing in races on the Chesapeake Bay into her 70s. Her property was surrounded by an inlet of the Chesapeake Bay.
    My father was a physician who designed & built his first 36 ft sloop the first years of his life. He built everything, tilled the land & learned how to grow vegetables from my mother who had become an expert at it by the time he established his medical practice.
    My 2 brothers helped him work on all his sloops which were classic old wooden sloops. The next one was built in Germany and captured in WWII called the Oie. Beautiful wooden sloop 42 ft. Sloop.
    He ended up with the renowned sloop that won many races on the Chesapeake Bay because it had slim lines, unlike the luxury wide birth sloops, it could sail circles around. It was designed after the Chesapeake Bay Canoe and known as The Tradition. Pop got a big kick out of racing circles around other sloops.
    My Pop also got a kick out of racing & playing chicken with the big Ocean Liners that were coming into Port in Norfolk telling us the that the Sailboat had the right of way. He’d be sweating bullets but got the biggest kick out of getting ahead of them & irritating them enough to toot their big horns at him. He’d wave & smile as sailed by in front of them.
    He & I both craved the utter silence of places where you could only hear the sounds of nature. We both were most at peace without any sounds of civilization accosting our ears.
    He designed & had built a beautiful home after a Frank Lloyd Wright design that was long one floor on a wooded lot on a as peninsula surrounded by a lake on 3 sides with a slanted high ceiling & all Windows from floor to ceiling in every room facing the lake.
    He married the love of his life, had 6 children (of which I am the oldest Daughter, now 66. I landscaped & continue to maintain & garden an acre of property backing to parkland entirely by myself, precisely the way my mother did up until the day she died at 86.
    It was the rugged individualist upbringing and Chamelot-like neighborhood (also a peninsula surrounded by the lake on three sides) that makes me desire to live on an isolated island uninterrupted by the constant electrifying hum of 5G Technology & rush hour traffic, or the sounds of people who move into our wooded neighborhood and proceed to have all the trees buzz-sawed down. Hypersensitive to Electromagnetic pulses, electrical & technical surges.

    I’ve been searching for a place that is tropical to continue recovering from chronic degenerative neuromuscular Lyme disease & dysautonomia (loss of ability to regulate temperature & generate heat from food.
    I need sun, the ocean salt water & peace for my body to continue its journey from death’s foot to more fully alive recovered.
    I grew up in Virginia Beach, so I know the healing power of the sun & the Salty clean Ocean water in my body & soul.

    I’ve been looking with great interest at Amish built Park Model RV wooden cabins that are portable. I’m curious how much you would consider renting leasing one of your beautiful huts for annually? If you ever would consider such a deal.

    Thanks for your reply in advanceZ

    Sincerely,
    Brent Williams

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  • Alan Solomon

    Ben and Lisa have an awesome, great, adventurous life as you both do!
    WOW. That was Fun. I was totally digging it and laughing throughout with you.
    I will meet you two on Fetoko. I will bring my own foil. At least I would really like to meet you there.
    I have to agree with Dean Allen (above). Nikki is beautiful! Nikki and Jason were meant to be as you both compliment each other in many ways. 👍✌😎
    You guys have so much fun in Tonga you fit the lifestyle there. It might be your ultimate destination?
    Happy Tonga Life,

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  • About Creativity

    Very good.

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  • Janet Truchard

    Amazing! I’m sitting here in Las Vegas loving your video, your story, your adventures, and trying to figure out how to get there. Me & my hubby would love to visit your friends little island (I’ll have to rewind to see what the name is again). Take care. Be well. Stay safe.

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  • Diane Silverstein

    Awesome sport! You looked really in control, Nikki, ok, most of the time. Jason, well, maybe Nikki can teach you some techniques! 😉🏄 Loved the video! It’s like being along with you! Have fun, be safe!

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  • stephen morton

    Love this too. Jason you are sooooo rocking the baby blue shirt and the baby blue eyes. She’s a lucky woman.

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  • Dean Allen

    I think the intention is to showcase some interesting new technology.

    Nikki is so beautiful, I hardly noticed anything else.

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  • Pat

    Looks like great fun. Thanks for sharing

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  • Steve Gibbons

    Now these are the days that make complicated boat life SO worthwhile. Looked like a total blast. Hope you woke up nice and fresh the following day. I’ll bet your calves where sore on day 2.

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  • Paul Matthews

    Give wing foiling a try now you have worked out the foil. One warning it’s super addictive

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  • William Domb

    And what was the phone app that showed your tender track?

    I did find the e Foils.

    Thanks

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  • William Domb

    What brand of boards were you riding?

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  • Louis Miller

    As usual another great video , I couldn’t find the like toggle ??????

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    • Dan S Brown

      I couldn’t find one either. Those boards look like fun!

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  • JOHN SCHRETLEN

    “What a fun day!”

    Yep. That says it all. Enjoyed the bloopers too.

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  • Jeanette Brennan

    Great video! Great job on the electric hydrofoil board. Looks like you guys had a fun time. How great to be with friends!! Thanks for sharing the video – it was a great way to start a day! Stay safe, happy and awesome! 💖 🌊 🏄‍♀️ 🏄🏼‍♂️ 🌊 🙏

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  • Michael

    Far out dude and dudette! It is sure good to find another goofy footer, Jason. And don’t worry, it is so natural for us right-handers who put our right foot forward. Goofy indeed.

    But it must be a little weird because our feet are used to having the steering effect right near them at the edge of the board, and not three or four feet beneath them. I have to think about that one. Do you have to lean the whole body like being on a motorcycle?

    What a great time on the water! And with such nice people. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Greg Dobbyn

    Hi guys,

    Great video as usual!! – That looks like so much fun!! I am thinking of getting one of those – maybe the Australian “Flightboard” but I wondered how easy it is to deal with the bluetooth controller?? Do you strap that to your wrist when are riding?? Can it sink if it comes off?? What happens if the bluetooth fails – can you still get home, or is it dead in the water??

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  • Roger Brichacek

    Love it. You have so much fun and meet very interesting people. I didn’t know that they were Tradewinds people. I was a Member for 12 year’s and would love to go there.

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  • jim

    Fun in Paradise.. look out for those tsunami’s.

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  • Michael Magill

    What a lovely way to start off a Sunday Morning!! Jason and Nikki , Ben and Lisa . Nikki and Jason are on electric Paddle Boards and they look like theyhave mastered them in a very short period of time. What a beautiful place to be Tongo. Thank you both for letting us all tag along each week to see your next adventure. So so glad your back on the water and Curiosity is back in business too. You both share all yoru adventures with every one of us and thats why we love both of u so much.
    What a beaiutiful place to be and we look forward to your next adventure, Take care stay safe, and smooth sailing!!

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