I disagree with making a foil to learn on and mess around with for slow speeds a flat piece of wood should work. Learning will be much harder on a homemade , no shape board foil. You will never know what is wrong the reason you can't get up and foil. That's like learning to drive a car that you built, but you have never driven a car before. not something I would want to do. Maybe after learning to foil, then build one and have an understanding of what to do with it.
Yeah, could be. I'll let you know how it goes.
Before reading through this forum, I was under the impression that you need a meticulously designed wing shape to get this to work. However, the video I posted and the wood hydrofoil that Hawaiis built has shown that flat wood can work.
True, there is the risk that after a day or two of trying, I still won't be riding. I won't know if it is the board or me doing something stupid.
I don't think I'll be endangering myself. The only real risk is that I spend about $100 on a board that doesn't work. Either way I'll video the attempt and should be good for a laugh if I fail
Also, a youtube comment from the guy who made hydrofoil in the video I posted above:
"The foil is just a piece of plywood with some roughly shaped leading and trailing edges, but not a traditional wing shape at all. I was surprised at how well it worked considering the shape."