WhimsiFoil: new commercial brand from France

I came across this new efoil setup on http://www.whimsifoil.com
The prototypes are being developed in the south of France (Marseilles beaches, lakes along the Durance river…)

News coming (very) slowly on the usual channels:


According to Pascal Raoust, co-inventor:
"The innovations specific to our project (and which we plan to patent) concern simultaneously:

  • the foil (material, geometry and implementation),
  • the ergonomics of the system (removable foil and foldable inflatable board for easy transport),
  • a submerged motorization without waterproof enclosure
  • a stabilizing device that we develop to promote the accessibility of the product to the greatest number."

Few remarks:

  • Keep it simple: if this foil works without anhedral wing or fancy curve + is stable and manoeuvrable, it’s good news for DiYers as front and rear wings cores can be easily obtained from EPS/XPS using hot wire cutting technique + carbon fiber.
  • Rear wing with positive lift = not patentable
  • Non waterproof underwater propulsion = outrunner motor with direct drive ?

There they are: 6990€ during pre-order until June 30th.
Seems we have here a twin outrunner propulsion setup, patented they say.
Interesting setup though because out of the LIFT patent scope.


Looking forward to the 2020 carbon version:

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If you going to go double, I just can’t see why you wouldn’t go for dual 53mm jets.
That price looks way to high for something that looks like a university experiment.

… or the latest prototype… It is indeed disturbing when you see Flying Rodeo or Pwrfoil offering for ex.