If we look away from those racing, or aiming for race - what do you prefer then, strapped or strapless hydrofoil ?
In my eyes, a hydrofoil is perfect strapless
Compared to all other boards, where straps makes sense, because you either jump or ride on a choppy surface, or do both.
But with hydrofoiling you ride without ANY chop or bumps at all, and you dont need to push in the straps, and you dont have an extreme kite pull either.
Perfect strapless, and feels way better too IMO.
On the other hand - for learning, or racing, or jumping or just fast starts - straps are usefull (necessary actually).
So ups and downs of both.
What do YOU prefer (when not racing), if you had to choose one or another, and can not do both ?
1. Strapless hydrofoilboard.
2. Strapped hydrofoilboard.
I've seen one downside with straps - they are quite tough on your upper ancles because it, especially starting, is a very unusual stress that the body is not used to - so inflammable tendons happens quite fast
You actually "lift the board with pointed toes"
Not my cup of tea
Could also just be me of course...
But as said - when not racing, do you prefer straps or not ?
Many advantages with straps, indeed
Around here everybody use straps (at least front strap or straps) - but most, or every single hydrofoiler here, are aiming for racing, so that explains.