Just wanted to see how many of you guys are foil boarding and what foil board you are using… I am riding a Spotz foil.
Nice – can you turn it?
I spoke with some folks at MaiTai about the foils:
- They are a lot more fun than the regular kite race boards, that are very bouncy and rough.
- They are all hand made, very labor intensive, and very expensive.
- There’s a learning curve, so these probably will never be for the masses.
- Lots of pointy sharp things that could be dangerous, but less so than giant race fins.
I’ve been riding foils for over a year now (Brett Lickle was my instructor in Maui and he was fantastic)
I had a custom made kitesurf / hydrofoil board from MHL / LIFT in Puerto Rico (if anyone wants to contact them ask for Nick Leason- he’s the master designer). I cannot tell you how amazing it is!
In wind from 7 knots to 17 knots I use my hydrofoil and my 10m kite. From 17 knots to 30 knots I take off the foil and put on my surf fins and ride the same 10m kite! This is the perfect travel solution.
Here is what I LOVE about foiling:
- I’ve tripled my time on the water since I can ride in hardly any wind. this makes a huge difference in Florida.
- I can ride longer since there is no chop or bumpiness- you just float.
- You can increase the size of your playing field enormously. You cannot believe how far you can drive upwind.
- You can catch the smallest waves / rollers and surf for miles. It is an incredible feeling.
- You ride in total silence. It is almost like flying or skiing in bottomless powder.
Here are the challenges:
- They are expensive, but you only need to own one small kite if you own one- so may have some cost savings there.
- It hurts when you fall hard and the foil is very sharp and dangerous. Wear a helmet and impact vest!
- The learning curve is longer than you think. You will need 3 to 5 sessions before you feel comfortable on it.
- There is limited supply right now so all my friends keep bothering me to ride my foil!
- You can ride in less wind than you can re-launch your kite. I can ride upwind like a madman in 8 knots, but if the kite hits the water I have to swim in with all my gear (has happened several times)