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I tried over the winter in shitty conditions and said 'no thanks'. The thing flipped and drew blood.
Fast forward to summer time on Maui. Surf is small and clean, perfect for foiling. I dedicated 4 sessions to learn on my friends foil and it's a game changer, at least here on Maui. It's just another sport to learn and have the option of doing. But the addiction to learning something new and fun after 30+ years of exploring all there is to surfboards/wave riding..I'm all in. There are plenty of foiling waves here that nobody really surfs or SUPs. So that's the exciting part.
So there are SUP foilers here..Dave Kalama and such. But also your Maui surfer icons too...Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Paige Alms, etc.. that have tasted the koolaid and they've picked it up too.
Hate it, I'm sure you will. But if you have the ability to really try it and learn, it opens up some new potential, that's all.
I was out this day, at the 5 min mark you can see I was surfing Pier 1 in the background. This was towards the end of winter. Yes, nobody would SUP or surf the zone Dave, Junya, and Alex were foiling. The first wave of Dave's was about a minute and a half+ ride.
looks fun boards look even faster than roys and u can shoulder hop so far out, u dont ruin anyones wave. as far as being the future, average surfers dont use the pocket or lip, so this is perfect for them lets see someone get tubed on one
"bubbles / foam / whitewater" create "no push" the momentum is lost in the whitewater "swell" is mostly constant, you can go from push to push (swell to swell, hence, the "hopping" on the foil looking for another push) whitewater runs out of "push"
yeah, I know ... lame explanation but .....
It's just you, and your ability to paddle and surf - catching & riding waves is all on you, period ~ ~ ~ MitchellC
I'd like to try one out on the deep water spot way offshore that only breaks on huge 5-year swells. Might be fun to carve some snowboard turns on the swells that don't break. Plus, nobody around but the sharks.
Organized competition is entirely peripheral to surfing qua surfing. People surf for love. - William Finnegan
that looks like so much fun. i assume the New Zealand guy paddled into it with his hands, whereas the other guys have paddles....i'm guessing the SUP-style foils have a wider range of possibilities because of the extra push of the paddle. can anyone recommend a retailer and/or a reasonably priced set-up?