From a spark of inspiration, to a globally recognised company producing the world's most highly-awarded electric hydrofoils, Flite has come a long way in a short time.
We got here by relentlessly refining and testing our design with our eyes on the ultimate ride. Excellence is, after all, an approach – not a destination.
Our origin, however, was far more whimsical.
The idea for a motorised 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.