I have not ridden one, but from what I understand, they reduce drag significantly - so your low end planning improves a lot. Less drag also means a lot more speed and better top speed too.Kirok wrote:I can think of many disadvantages of a foil board but have problems thinking of any advantages. Are they good for swells and open sea? Course racing?
The hydrofoilboards like the Carafino (AirChair principle) are excellent in light winds it seems, and small chop.OzBungy wrote:I too have not ridden a foilboard but I would love to try one.
There are a number of guys with hydrofoil Moth sailboats near where we ride. Those things rock in light to moderate winds. I would love to be able to do that.
The Carafino boards are very expensive and I would not buy one without trying it first. I organised a demo board over a year ago but it never showed up. I am concerned about the bulk of the thing. Maybe the twintip board might lead to something more user friendly.
yup they are...the funny thing I think is how small waves they are actually able to ride..it makes sense when you think about it, but it did take me by surprise. It is definitely not a shallow water board...and I am very careful to not hit the coralheads or anything else when I ride it, it can go in enough wind to get you out of the water. It is definitely not a board that lay in my car, but a fun alternative. It's a very very different perspective. Super smooth, but more painful to fall.Peter_Frank wrote:
The hydrofoilboards like the Carafino (AirChair principle) are excellent in light winds it seems, and small chop.
But like you, because of the "bulk" I dont think it will really catch on...
The reason I love my new raceboard in light wind f.ex - is that I can ride in spots impossible with a windsurfer (with a 73cm fin most likely in light wind)
No way I could ever do that with the Carafino
Would still love to try an AirChair type foílboard though - fascinating
Especially the strapless ones I saw some french guys using for racing, anyone who has more info about these ? (or these guys ?)
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