Designed in Waikato, New Zealand. The SL3 promises an exciting new era in water sports.

Manta5 Hydrofoil Bikes are sold exclusively via authorised resellers. Contact your nearest reseller for model prices and demo opportunities.

Man taking a turn while riding the hydrofoiler SL3  water bike on a lake
Man taking a turn while riding the hydrofoiler SL3  water bike on a lake

Learn to ride the SL3


Learn to ride the Hydrofoiler SL3 in a few easy steps

Discover essential tips and techniques, maintaining balance throughout your ride, executing smooth carving turns, engaging in races, enjoying leisurely cruising, and safely returning to land.


Start with the basics

Begin in light winds and flat water conditions, which will make it easier to balance and control the bike.

Like learning to ride a bike we recommend learning with a friend and only riding in areas you would be comfortable to swim in. If you wouldn’t swim there, don’t bike there. 
Follow all of the laws within your local area and become familiar with what is required. 

      • Losing Control
        If the rider loses control of the bike, they should push off the pedals and fall away from the bike.
      • Safe Riding Practices
        Riders should maintain safe speeds for the conditions and keep a safe distance from other people, objects and other watercraft. The rider should take early action to avoid collisions and remember that the Hydrofoiler does not have brakes like a
        conventional bicycle and foils that protrude 1m each side.

step 1

Entering the water

When moving to deeper water it is easier to pull from the tiller as opposed to pushing from the back. The rear foil should already begin to generate some lift to stop the rear foil from dragging on the bottom.

Once the Hydrofoiler SL3 is in the water, ensure that the water depth is at least 2 meters. Point the SL3 in a safe direction, with at least 100 meters of clear water.

step 2


Climbing on

Approach from the side and place your hands on the chassis. Push under the water until your arms are fully outstretched, while keeping upright. Change your grip to the handlebars and seat and continue to push the bike down as deep as you can.

The deeper you can push the Hydrofoiler SL3 below you the better. 

Girl stands behing the hydrofoiler sl3 preparing to mount

Finding your stability

Once you are standing on the pedals, with your hands on the handlebars, it is important to find your stability. Move your body forwards, backwards, and side to side. This will help you understand the stability of your Hydrofoiler SL3 underwater.

Spend some time stationary finding your balance underwater
before moving to the next step.

Girl standing and balancing on the SL3 hydrofoil bike

Motor activation

Once you have mounted and understand the balance in the water, stand in an upright position and rotate the pedals one full rotation (360 degrees). This will activate the motor and allow you to use the throttle.

Diagram with a girl standing on the Hydrofoiler SL3

step 3


Point the nose downwards

Point the nose slightly downwards before applying the throttle. This will allow you to ride submerged for longer, and therefore increase more speed before attempting to launch.


Diagram with a girl preparing to launch the hydrofoiler SL3 water bike

Launch position

For best success during launching, stand in an upright position (not sitting on the saddle), with both of your legs and arms straight and the pedals at even heights. Look forward, and with a straight body, push your hips towards the handlebars to move your weight forwards. You should be in position so you can look down on the top of the front foil.

Diagram with a girl positioning to launch the Hydrofoiler SL3 water bike

Submerged Riding

Once the SL3 is pointing slightly downwards, gently apply some throttle. The throttle is very sensitive, and similar to an electric scooter, the further it is pushed in, the more power will be applied. Start by only applying a very small amount of throttle.
First time riders are encouraged to get comfortable riding on the bike completely submerged before trying to launch. The faster you can go underwater the better your chance for successful takeoffs

Diagram with a girl standing on the Hydrofoiler SL3 water bike

Taking off

Once you are comfortable riding underwater at almost full power, you can try to launch. Stay in your launch position, apply full power, and then slowly begin leaning back. Lean back until you can feel the SL3 begin to lift you out of the water. Like an aircraft on a runway, this wants to be smooth and gradual.
Hold full power and your body position until you are completely above the water, and you begin foiling.


Diagram with a girl launching the Hydrofoiler SL3 water bike

step 4

Pedaling, turning and stopping

You are now foiling. To transition to your riding position, sit down on the saddle, start pedalling, and let go of the throttle.

Turning the SL3 is unlikely  turning on a normal bicycle and will take some practice to do controlled and consistently.

The SL3 turns using a combination of the roll angle and the direction of the tiller. To carve tight turns your need to shift your weight as well as the direction of the tiller. Here are some tips for learning to take corners:

Slow down for corners

Reduce throttle, the better you get the faster you can turn. Leaning into the corner before you start turning

For optimal turning, it is good to let the foil start to roll over before turning the handlebars. This will help with more stable riding. Start leaning in the direction you would like to turn, and then turn the handlebars once the SL3 has started to roll in the desired direction.


Leaning out of the corner

Once the Hydrofoiler SL3 has started to roll in the direction you would like to go, you will need to lean out of the corner to prevent from rolling completely over and falling off. Do this by leaning your body into the other direction to stabilise.


Returning to land

When returning to land, it is important to stop foiling before water depth reaches less than 2 meters. This will eliminate the risk of coming into contact with the bottom or submerged objects with the foils or the tiller.

male taking a turn while riding the hydrofoiler SL3 water bike

launch comparison

Heavy vs light rider

Launching on the SL3 is a breeze, demanding only a touch of balance and a gentle press on the throttle. Yet, new riders should bear in mind that their weight affects the runway length needed for takeoff.

Similar to an aircraft, heavier riders might need a longer runway compared their lighter ones. Dive into this brief side-by-side comparison for more insights.

Deep water launch

Watch the class

Check out the full deep water launch intructional video 

Training hub

Take on the SL3 courses

We offer a range of free courses about the Hydrofoiler SL3, check them out at the Manta5 Training Hub:

Screenshot of Manta5 training hub website

Order your SL3

Contact an authorised reseller for prices and demo opportunities