When I talk to people about foiling, most of the conversation focuses on how foiling can be a great thing to do when conditions are not great..."the wind sucks, so I will go foiling" or "the waves are mushy, so I will foil today". I think there is some truth to these statements...that's actually how and why I got into foiling. But...what is cool about foiling is that it forces you to daydream again--daydream about possibilities, pushing limits, trying new things, experimenting, learning, crashing, and experiencing breakthroughs. I've learned that experimenting is something with foiling is exciting to me. As I daydream more, I think of pushing foiling out of it's current bubble.
As some of you may know, I have wondered how windfoiling might be in high winds, and also in waves! I have installed a deep tuttle box in a Simmer Freegal 100 wave board. The board is pretty short, just a bit over 7 feet long, and it is a little wider at 61cm, which seemed like a good start for the mission. I in...
I was able to take out my new Slingshot Airstrike 7'8" SUP foil board and matching Ride Engine SURF foil. The weather was super nice and warm, the waves were smallish, and the tide was rising. The break I chose gets kinda mushy as the tide gets higher--between this and the smaller waves, I was hoping the lineup would be less crowded. This seemed like perfect conditions for my first day out on the kit.
I pulled up to my parking spot before the sun rose--it was dark, but I could now make out the waves in the waning darkness. I hopped out, and started to assemble the foil and attach to the board.
I like the adjustability of the Slingshot foils. You can 1) move the foil forward and aft on the SUP board itself, and 2) you can assemble the mast forward and aft on the fuselage itself. According to the instructions, this can make the foil more stable or more nimble, and can place the front wing of the foil under your front foot, according to your stance.
Along with my recent fascination for wind foiling, I have also grown interest in foiling in other sports such as surfing and SUP. I recently signed on to carry Slingshot and Ride Engine products, as they offer a complete foil lineup at a pretty competitive sticker price.
I received my first order from them this past week, I was super excited as the boxes were being unloaded from the freight truck. I now have, in my possession, a demo HoverGlide 1&2 windfoils, Dialer 145 & Wizard 105 windsurf-specific foil boards, RideEngine SURFfoil, and Airstrike 7'8" SUP foil-specific board.
The products all look amazing, and I cannot wait to try them all out and share my experiences with you. My goal is to gain more experience with foiling and various products and pass that knowledge on to you, the consumer.
Fascinated by seeing videos of athletes like Kai Lenny cruising around effortlessly on various foil setups, I decided to take the plunge into the foiling world. In June 2017, the opportunity to buy two Go Foils was too enticing to pass up. A week later, the FedEx delivery guy showed up with two large boxes. I knew exactly what they were, and I had a hard time containing my excitement.
I opened up the boxes, removed some of the packing, and pulled out a mushroom shaped bag. Inside the bag was a carefully packaged foil set...mast, two wings, and appropriate hardware. Go Foils (like some other foils), require a Tuttle box to install.
What started as a quick mental inventory turned into a scramble, as I realized I did not have a single board with a deep tuttle box. I reached out to people I knew, "Hey, I'm looking for a board with a deep tuttle box, do you..."
"Yeah, you and everyone else in the world right now, haha." was the response.
Faced with the reality that I may not be able to use my...
As some of you may know, I caught the foiling buzz this past year. For me, foiling represents something of a dreamy type of windsurfing that I have fantasized about since I was a kid: it is a smooth, fast, and floating sensation. Acceleration is quick, turning is precise and quick as well. It is also new, and it challenges my instincts of windsurfing for over 30 years.
When asked to compare it to regular windsurfing, I typically express that it is like the difference between snowboarding on powder versus hardpack snow (back to that floating sensation). It is quiet, absent is the sound of the board slapping the water. The only sound you will hear is the trickle made by the blade of the mast, as it slices through the water.
Don't get me wrong, I love traditional windsurfing as much as I ever have. I will always want to ride a board with fins, and feel that sensation of the board slapping the water. I don't believe that will ever change. In fact, I believe I am amped about windsurfing more...