"Most ideas live no further than as a fleeting thought within the mind in which they were conceived, but sometimes an idea is persistent."
Most ideas live no further than as a fleeting thought within the mind in which they were conceived, but sometimes an idea is persistent. It sinks its claws into you and refuses to let go. Manta5 founder, Guy Howard-Willis had such an idea; to create a piece of technology so revolutionary that it has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world: the Hydrofoiler™ XE-1. This world-first hydrofoil e-Bike allows riders to cycle on the surface of the world’s lakes, rivers, and oceans - resulting in the most surreal riding experience to date. Redefining human potential on water.
Manta5 was founded in early 2011 by Guy Howard-Willis and Roland Alonzo, both passionate and committed cyclists. With a distinct lack of options for a would-be water cyclist the idea consumed Guy’s mind – until one day, he swapped wondering for action, met bike designer Roland and undertook the ultimate challenge of perseverance to make this dream a reality. It was here that the Manta5 journey began.
The pair worked in secrecy from everyone apart from their wives for two years. Just as a high-performance bicycle, Guy and Roland envisioned a concept that was lightweight, fast, agile, easy to transport, assemble and upgrade. More importantly, riders needed to be able to launch from a pontoon or from deep water, without settling for any existing bulky buoyancy or hulls.After 7 years, 7 prototypes and hundreds of iterations, the Hydrofoiler™ XE-1 was born. Winning numerous design awards and reaching viral status on social media (350 million views and counting). Through utilising the same hydrofoil technology that lifts America's Cup yachts out of the water, the Hydrofoiler™ XE-1 is enthralling active experience seekers around the world. Manta5 is built on solid foundations where innovation and a passion for cycling and water sports is matched with relentless commitment to the pursuit of excellence. We are proud to equip individuals with the ability to rediscover their senses.
The heart of Manta5 beats for innovation.
It’s what we do best. Redefining what’s possible and making that accessible and intuitive for great user experiences.
At Manta5 we believe that one day hydrofoil cycling will be in the Olympics. Although this is no easy feat, we’re going for it. We will push the limits of what is possible on water. Throughout these formative years, Manta5, together with its riders will set the foundation for a new social and competitive sporting discipline to flourish.