Father and Son Use Electric Fliteboards to Cross English Channel

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Rob Wylie, 51, and his son Morgan, 19, of Great Britain, set a Guinness Book of World Record for an electric-powered hydrofoil Fliteboards crossing of the English Channel in 1 hour and 44 minutes.

Powered by an electric motor, Fliteboards can go about 20 miles per hour, ride about three feet above the water, have virtually no wake and are virtually silent.

The two men started in Cap Gris-Nez, France and rode for 23 miles to Folkstone, England. They fell several times when their boards struck seaweed and fishing crates.

Rob reported that at one point the batteries were getting low and that the conditions were very choppy. He had only 4 percent of his battery power left when he stepped on land in England.

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