The guy I get boards from on Maui, Sky Surfboards,was telling me that the two Maui kids who test his foil designs for Fanatic don’t even like going surfing in their foils. They are all about down winding from Maliko gulch. Is that your main reason for the SUP? Or is it just about being able to go way out to the outer reefs with the paddle? I just ordered a 5’4 by 22 by 3.25 prone foil board but am waiting to buy one of the new Fanatic foils as they will only be 900 bucks. A well know guy here on the south side is out of the water with 3 broken ribs and a punctured lung after taking a go foil to the side while learning. He said wear an impact suit and full face helmet while learning. What do you think about that?
"3 broken ribs and a punctured lung" Good that he lived to tell about it.
Every thing one does has a risk factor, from walking to your mail box to get the daily
mail to wing-suit base jumping. Make up your own scale from 1-100, like maybe 1 being the lowest risk factor such as waking up and getting out of bed, and just go up the scale all the way to 100, you fill in the blanks, it's on a personal scale, you pick the number for the activity you are doing. Don't forget to factor in ALL the things that
can go wrong, and if you are still young factor in the lack of experience, and if you
are older factor in the delayed reaction time. Like the saying goes "There are bold "pilots" and there are old "pilots" but there are no old, bold "pilots".
Any time you add more stuff (like sharp edges) to the risk factor equation, the numbers
must go up the scale not down.
One example of risk factor amplification is the activity of kite-boarding. Do an internet
search for kite-boarding fatalities and serious injuries, it's not pretty. Then go to Youtube and watch a few kite-board crash compilations. Again not pretty.
I know the above example is off the topic of this thread, it is just one example of higher risk level activity compared just surfing, for instance, however, hydro-foiling and the equipment that is used in this activity will "up" the numbers in the scale, remember the
number will go up, not down.
Now factor in " Foils in Crowded Lineups" now, you have to up the risk factor numbers AGAIN, because there are other people now in closer proximity to the Foils and the "sharp edges". Numbers are going to go up, not down. Now add more Foils to the line-ups, and again the risk factor increases twofold etc.
And don't forget to factor in the real possibility that the movement of the Foils thru the water may create hydro-acoustic, low frequency sound waves which may attract certain large "fishes". Not to mention the sometimes up-and-down movements of the Foils and
the visual attraction of what the Foil might look like to these certain large "fish".
....I am goingoutside now....to do some risk factor management....have fun and be safe!