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 Post subject: FoilBoarding - is it the future of kiteboarding?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:09 am 
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Wonder to know your opinion.
Would appreciate if you fill up a poll:

http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=81&t=2381017


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 Post subject: Re: FOILBOARDING - is it the future of kiteboarding?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:04 am 
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Yeah BroCuru - surfkiting, wakestyle n freestyle is making everyone soft... Death to all kiteboarding and bring on the balancing acts of Circus boarding ;) farq yeah..


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 Post subject: Re: FOILBOARDING - is it the future of kiteboarding?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:37 am 
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It's another aspect to the sport. Not the future. Not sure why you feel this question is even worth considering?


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 Post subject: Re: FOILBOARDING - is it the future of kiteboarding?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:33 pm 
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Nope just a good light wind alternative to those that are willing to spend the money on one and a giant light wind kite. Mowing the lawn on a foil is not for everyone. I would rather go to the cable park and get a pull than fight light wind. Lucky for me I have that option.


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 Post subject: Re: FoilBoarding - is it the future of kiteboarding?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:55 pm 
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an option for lighter wind days for sure.

But never for the jumpers ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: FoilBoarding - is it the future of kiteboarding?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:09 pm 
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Toby wrote:
an option for lighter wind days for sure.
But never for the jumpers ;-)

I am discovering unimaginable for me fields a couple months back. I learnt to ride the thing 6 months ago and was very sceptic about versatility of foil.
It looked too complicated and technical. On the beginning I was delighted with ultra wind riding performance however could not imagine to have real fun with this in jumping, riding waves . Now I can and now I have.

And the best part is that I am still beginner.
I have admit that thanks to a foil I gave up with racing and I came back to wave riding too :D


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 Post subject: Re: FoilBoarding - is it the future of kiteboarding?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:32 pm 
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Different stokes for different folks. Some people like sailing, some like kiteboarding, some like sky diving. Most kiteboarders would probably like all teh outdoor sports whether graceful as sailing or adrenalin pumping like skydiving. Hydrofoiling is definitely more towards the sailing end of the spectrum for me and I enjoy that very much.

I kid you when I say that I prefer 10 knots over 20 knot winds these days.

I have been foiling exclusively for the last 3 months or so (since the season ended in Cape Town).
We got some strong South East winds here in Cape Town this week (unusual for winter) and my normal direction felt so powerless in the waves (like the wave had no energy). And it felt like I had to waste so much of my session just riding upwind to get back to surf another wave. And the chop on the water felt so much worse than I remember.

With the hydrofoil, you really feel the wave's energy which is something I love. You choose what waves you want to ride (5 km upwind or downwind no problem- just go there quickly). You get back upwind after riding a wave very quickly, most often in one tack. In light wind days the wave faces are so much cleaner, and then you also have all the waves all to yourself, even at a (normally) crowded place like Cape Town.

Mind you, if hydrofoiling was as popular as directional boards are today, it would be dangerous to kite at a crowded place like Cape Town. Sharp razors whizzing past everywhere(mind you, they are silent and you won hear them coming). No, don't buy hydrofoils! They are expensive, difficult, take time to set up, take time to walk into the sea to deep enough water, they are dangerous and did I say difficult? Rather get a SUP, they are too slow to steal any of my waves and will give you a better workout.


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 Post subject: Re: FoilBoarding - is it the future of kiteboarding?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:45 pm 
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ChristoffM wrote:
I kid you when I say that I prefer 10 knots over 20 knot winds these days.

Funny thing - when I say the same (however 8 over 18kts :wink: ) people look at me weird :allbegood:
That's I like 8kts so much:


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 Post subject: Re: FoilBoarding - is it the future of kiteboarding?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:31 pm 
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I actually pray for low wind now, I get overpowered at 10 knot


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 Post subject: Re: FOILBOARDING - is it the future of kiteboarding?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:11 am 
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TheJoe wrote:
Nope just a good light wind alternative to those that are willing to spend the money on one and a giant light wind kite. Mowing the lawn on a foil is not for everyone. I would rather go to the cable park and get a pull than fight light wind. Lucky for me I have that option.

Giant kite? I was out in 4 knots with a 13m in my hydro. :wink:


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