I’m on the fence guys. I demoed a 5’4 with Surf 250 wing. I am 6’1 230lbs and the board felt small. Battery life is my biggest concern. They say 100 minutes but I’m afraid that those numbers are based on best case scenario, like 90lb pro rider, tiny board, slippery HA wing and a tail wind. Then a guy like me buys a bigger board with Surf 250 or 300 wing and I struggle to get 45 minutes out of it.
On the demo board I needed a setting of 8 to stay on foil consistently. That was on a 250V2. If I go to a 300 wing that will allow mw to foil at a slower speed and theoretically less power, will that increase battery life? Or will the extra drag of the 300 make it a wash or even decrease battery life?
My riding style on my kiteboard is “mowing the lawn”. Other than maybe riding ocean swells and boat wakes depowered (with folding prop), my efoil riding style will be the same. My trick days are over. I’m trying to strike a reasonable balance between ease of learning/riding and battery life.
Are there any larger guys riding the larger boards and wings that can share your battery life numbers? Lift and Lift reps want to dance around the battery life issue with no real answers. I can’t get any real numbers other than how to improve it by removing the prop guard. The fact that no one associated with lift wants to talk about battery life tells me that it can’t be good.