As an average Joe I'm rather hoping that the latest group of easy freeride foils will mean this isn't the case. I just might have to persevere a little longer to get there (I remember it took months to learn to windsurf when you just turned, up put kit in the water and then tried to figure it out by copying everyone else around you - if only I had known then that half of them didn't have a clue either).mig27 wrote: At this moment hydrofoiling IMHO is for the average Joe kiteboarder a bridge too far!
I kite in the same waters as crazysurf (albeit on the other side of the water) and there are a lot of foils out on the water - the last time I went out in strong winds (powered on my 7m) there was even a guy hydrofoiling in the mushy chop we get so its not just the light winds that people are out here.
Anecdotally, I went down to the beach last weekend hoping to get some first foiling practice and the ONLY other people at the beach were two guys - one with a foilboard and the other with a safety boat to help him learn. The forecast was wrong and the wind was too light but... there are plenty of people checking it out.