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Avante Innovations (aka Takuma) Efoil: DON'T BUY IT!

Ok, So I did something dumb, bought an Efoil sight unseen. I did ‘research’ but in the end I didn’t want to spend 12,000 so I cheaped out. The Avante Efoil had price tag of 7,499 at the time.

I talked to the Owner, Rick a few times. He told me it weighted 55 pounds. He told me it had a Hull identification number. All of these were straight up lies. The thing arrived direct from China in 3 shipments. I was told it would arrive in 2 weeks. It took about 5 weeks, that was not a big deal. As I had never tried an efoil before I didn’t really understand what I had gotten. It seemed bigger then the pictures and I weighed the fully assembled product, 88.7 pounds. So I took this monster of a board and tried it. You can start standing on the thing because it’s more like a boat. I could get up on foil a bit but it felt unsteady. It’s also scary as hell when you fall and this 90 pound log with a sharp METAL foil is there to potentially greet you. So I took an official lesson with a local efoil instructor. He was curious about it and so he tried it. He was NOT A FAN at all. I feel it does not perform well because of the extreme weight. It’s also just cheaply made. Another potential issue, I believe it is water cooled by sucking water in from the surface into the board itself. If you are on foil for a while, how does it remain cooled?? I bought a Lift Efoil and it is AMAZING. So well made, safer, and cooled correctly. I managed to sell this piece of crap. I lost about 1,500 but was thankful as hell not be stuck with this junker. I replied to an email from Rick asking me how I liked the board. I explained that I felt he had lied. I never did hear back from him. Learn a lesson from my mistake.

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Hi Mark, Can you please send some pictures from the Avante Foil? So that we can learn …

Avante is same as Etakuma i assume?

Thank you for sharing the story

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Essentially yes, in fact the instruction manual doesn’t mention Avante, just Takuma.

But essentially from being “too big” and “too heavy” what were the main issues with it?

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Those are the main issues. It is also not well-made and difficult to assemble and disassemble. This only became very clear after trying and then purchasing Lift efoil.

Thank you for sharing the story and it should be a good lesson for others planning to buy cheap efoils from China and Alibaba. I am happy you got Lift and now enjoy it! Keep riding!

Sorry I don’t get it. Takuma is selling the eFoils now under Avante brand?

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Avante seems like US rebranding of takuma but basically same thing…

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Essentially yes, I’m not sure exactly how this business partner and is set up, I’m not sure how similar their product is to Avante

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You should not blame the brand Avante or Takuma.
But you should blame you or your dealer.
When you read the description of the product you should understand that a board of 150 liters is huge. Dimension 195cm… probably taller than you…
So don’t expect to have a small board…:thinking:
The Avante / Takuma Cruiser or Access pack is an excellent efoil for beginners to intermediate. And the price is fair !
We use Takuma for rentals and we sale many of them.
We have zero issues !
It is amazingly easy to set up and amazingly easy to connect with 2 cables only ! No maintenance at all.
You should have get the Carver model which 120 liters and 160 cm long.
The new model 2021 is coming with amazing new updates !
You can get a lift or a flite but you pay the difference.
And believe me I use every day takuma and fliteboards.
Next time you should refer to a professional reseller that would really understand YOUR needs.
But Takuma is not the problem.
Cheers
Eric

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I find it interesting to see that resellers of Takuma, Waydoo and other cheap eFoils suppliers always think their product is great while their customers complain. Do I miss anything?

Same as my recent comment about Waydoo. Let’s hope they can figure this out. If the companies go out of business it would be even worth for those who bought their products.

Now they want to sell this product to masses via Decathlon:

This is not serious, or is it?

Hi, I have a Takuma and I’m happy with the experience it gives but I’m having som issues with the driveshaft as it make rattling sounds from now and then, this is a replacement but after about 10 runs it seems to be repeating the issue, since you have a couple and drive them from what I understand each and every day -any issues?
Best regards