Curious to hear what has motivated everybody in here, to start hydrofoiling.
Here in Denmark, maybe 15 active (and MANY to come soon), are almost all going fast.
I dont find going fast to be very interesting though - but I love the feeling of riding free without any disturbance from the water surface, and doing full turns either on flat water or on waves, makes me feel good, a similar feeling to a good carve on a waveboard
But I must say, I also like to show the dinghys and keelboats and catamarans, that I am faster upwind ha haa (can not help it...)
Pure speed is not my interest at all though, but I understand each and everyone who seeks speed and performance.
I am amazed, and really interested in how fast the good ones can go, yes, and like the way we can go fast in really low winds.
But my personal motivation for hydrofoiling is not like most others...
I like the foil to be really performing, as a "base" - so not any really low AR older foils.
But otherwise, I find freeriding and making turns/carves really awesome, especially because as soon as you got 10 knots of wind, you can pick a smaller kite and ride exactly as you like
Whether it is 10 or 20 knots, does not make much of a difference actually - like it does for TT and waveriding, where it is useless in 10, okay in 15 and better and better in 20 or more
This does not apply to a foil, it is max fun as soon as you can ditch the biggest kitesize (well, actually fun even with these), and does not change with increasing wind.
Riding waves - well, at least turning on the waves, and using their push when you dont have any kitepower - is also fun, again, the "carving" bit we all love.
Waveriding with waveboards is not obsolute whatsoever and still just as great, but a hydrofoilboard adds some of the good feelings when turning/carving, in low wind IMO.
So I am a bit opposite most others, who search for going as fast as possible, I know.
My main reason to start, was because I fell in love with the thought of riding on a "magic carpet" over the water, without feeling the chop at all (strapless of course).
And it has become a dream come true, in every way - and also added the bonus of the great feel when turning
Maybe you are doing both actually
What is YOUR addiction and why do you love hydrofoiling ?