Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rides an electric skateboard holding the American flag. 4 July 2021.
Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram
Mark Zuckerberg celebrated the July 4 celebration in a unique way: Holding the American flag as he glides over a body of water, lifted on a board one foot high above the surface.
Facebook’s CEO is hydrofoiling, which is a new type of water sport that is gaining popularity among outdoor enthusiasts – and those who have a lot of money to spend on a number of sports equipment that cost thousands of dollars.
While Zuckerberg is mostly known as the awkward founder of the world’s largest social network and one of the richest people on the planet, he’s also become one of the most visible hydro planes out there, bringing more attention to the upcoming sport.
While surfing requires wave strength to move, and planks rely on ships to attract riders, hydrofoiling uses wing -like structures below the surface of the water to create lift. Riders use handheld bluetooth controllers that connect to electric motors and underwater propellers, or create momentum manually by pumping their feet up and down, as Zuckerberg did in a July fourth post.
“This is a hydrofoil. There’s an underwater wing I’m riding that pushes the board into the air,” Zuckerberg wrote in a comment on his post. “It’s a lot of fun. There’s an electric -powered version you can get, but in this video I’m using a regular foil board and surfing small waves.”
Electrical boards cost more than $ 10,000
Surfers have been fiddling with the idea of using hydrofoil technology for decades, but the sport isn’t really circulating until foil boards become commercially available in 2018, said Nick Leason, co-founder of Lift Foils, which was one of the first companies to sell them.
Before foil boards, Leason and his company had sold boards for surfing kites, which used kites in the air to pull riders on boards across the water. Surfing a kite requires a lot of skill, however, which limits the size of the market, Leason said. Makes the foam easier to pick up, and feels like you’re gliding.
“It’s just a very unique feeling to fly on water,” said Leason, whose company is based in Puerto Rico. “You feel like a pelican, or a wannabe pelican.”
Puerto Rican Lift Foils Company is one of the companies that sells hydrofoil boards.
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There are many types of hydrofoil boards.
Surf foil includes boards and foil but no motors, which require users to create momentum with their own bodies, and typically cost around $ 2,000. Efoils have an electric motor that allows them to reach speeds of 25 miles per hour and are usually sold for at least $ 10,000.
While failing a game requires fewer skills than kite surfing, the high price limits its potential market to fans of extreme water sports and those with deep wallets. Canadian company MSLR Electric E-Foil, for example, states that many of its customers are NHL hockey players.
“The boards are made from such high-quality materials, said MSLR Founder and Owner Carey Missler. MSLR sells two efoil boards, a Navigator and a Player, both priced at $ 10,000.” We have expensive lithium ion and carbon fiber battery components. “
For Zuckerberg, who is the fifth richest man in the world, with a net worth of about $ 125 billion, according to Forbes, money is not an issue. That’s why he owns a lot of boards, including a specially painted and custom -made version made by Foil Lift, Leason said.
“That’s our product that he rides in the video. He probably has every model we have,” Leason said. “She really likes it. She likes it.”
Zuckerberg first made a note of hydrofoiling in August 2019, when he uploaded two photos of himself on a foil board pulled by a ship.
“Try a new sport on Kauai with the best, Kai Lenny,” Zuckerberg said, referring to professional surfers.
Leason says that Lenny is critical to the growth of hydrofoiling as a sport, pursuing how people use unfamiliar equipment and taking the time to teach new people about failing. That includes Zuckerberg, Leason said.
“I think Kai, he’s like magic on foil, and seeing all the things he does,” Zuckerberg said on Instagram in April. “It really helped me get into this sport by just watching it drop big waves and then turn around, up the wind, up the waves, do the waves back. It’s like Oh God. It’s not real.”
In December 2019, Zuckerberg posted a video of himself walking while wearing a bright orange helmet. While a helmet is not the most fashionable garment, it is an essential piece of equipment recommended by experts, especially for new foils. Experts also recommend wearing a impact vest.
“The board is made of carbon fiber. It’s a very durable material, which means that if your head hits it, it can be very dangerous if you’re not wearing a helmet,” said MSLR co -owner Taylor Coulthard.
Canadian company MSLR Electric E-Foil is one of the companies that sells hydrofoil boards.
Courtesy of MSLR Electric E-Foil
Zuckerberg was arrested by paparazzi in Hawaii with his face completely covered with sunscreen in July 2020. The photo became a viral meme for a while.
“I was kidding, and then I saw there was a paparazzi guy following us. I was like ‘Oh I don’t want him to know me until you know what I’m going to do? Sunscreen on my face so he won’t know who I am,’ said Zuckerberg with a laugh on Instagram in April. “But that boomeranged.”
Zuckerberg then teased himself about the whole thing last month when he posted a picture of the cartoon version.
“The sun never stands a chance,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook.
But despite his awkward episodes, people in the failing world say that Zuckerberg is actually already pretty great in the sport.
“It’s funny that most people think that Mark Zuckerberg is a little nerdy guy behind his computer in some quiet place, but he’s actually a good athlete as you can see in the video,” Leason said. “He did a lot of practice on the foil. He did it pretty well.”
Perhaps more importantly for those who sell foil boards, Zuckerberg also puts a lot of effort into attracting attention and excitement.
“It brings interest,” Missler said. “It was an incredible shot. He tore. He did an incredible job.”