From a spark of inspiration, to a globally recognized company producing the world\’s most highly-awarded electric hydrofoils, Flite has come a long way in a short time.
They are relentlessly refining and testing efoil design to deliver the ultimate ride. The idea for a motorized hydrofoil arrived on a windless day in 2016 as a \’lightbulb moment\’.
Flite\’s founder, former kite-surfing world record holder and serial entrepreneur David Trewern, was at a kitefoiling event when he thought: ‘What if I didn’t have to wait for the wind. What if I could just attach an electric motor to my foil?’
That dream became a sketch and the kitchen table, a workshop. The 3D printer went into overdrive and late nights became early mornings. Dozens of prototypes later, David flew for the first time.
\”It was magical. The feeling of freedom was like nothing else.\” – David Trewern
Flite now has more than 200 authorised partners selling our boards, Fliteschools across the world, and offices in three countries: Australia, The Netherlands and The United States. The company includes Naval Architects, Product Designers, Mechanical, Electronic and Software Engineers; and is focused on the intersection between electric vehicle technology and hydrofoil design.
In 2021 Flite set records for the fastest eFoil speed in the world, and hosted the first official international eFoiling race – the Flite Cup. In 2022 Flite Ambassador Tom Court and big wave surfer Glynn Ovens used Flite’s eFoils to surf the biggest waves ever ridden (Nazare) on an electric hydrofoil.
Flite has patented five new inventions and just released our latest series of upgrades, Flite Series 2.2, which melds all of our new technology into whisper-quiet rides.
Flite\’s full range includes the easy riding AIR, popular and dynamic Fliteboard, adrenaline inducing PRO and the acrobatic ULTRA. Our latest innovations in battery technology, management and thermal control; create new benchmarks in electric marine power.
The best part though, is the thrill we get from the ride.
While Flite started as a family affair in Byron Bay, Australia, we are now a global team with more than 70 permanent staff. Our team includes product and electronics engineers in Melbourne, hydrodynamicists in California, composites experts in Thailand and gearbox design experts in Germany.
Headquarters remain in Byron, and we have offices in Melbourne, Amsterdam, and Nyack in New York.
Despite our relative success, the company still maintains a small business feel, possibly influenced by the \’Byron approach\’ to life. It’s a community full of big dreams and solid ethics.
Fliteboard family has grown and our boards are now enjoyed by thousands of customers in 80 countries around the world.