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Surfing with a Kite Hydrofoil

Postby RadDrDuke » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:56 pm

Can you mount a lower aspect foil (LF, slingshot, etc.) on a shortboard surfboard and paddle in to small waves and get up on foil?

Or do you need to have a very low aspect wing (like the GoFoil) to get up on the foil just paddling into waves?

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Re: Surfing with a Kite Hydrofoil

Postby BWD » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:13 pm

I saw video of a guy surfing slingshot foil. So definitely possible.
Any large area or light wind foil may have some potential IMO.

If you use a short mast you are less likely to turn yourself into sushi.

With no kite pull you are more likely to fall on the foil. So gofoil etc use shorter masts and wings with rounder edges/tips.

Also probably better to start on small waves which break in shallower water -- another reason to go with short mast. If you try it.

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Re: Surfing with a Kite Hydrofoil

Postby Mossy 757 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:17 pm

I'd use a board that's a wave catching machine so there's no question that you'll be able to get into it early. Once you've made the wave you can pop up and try to get the foil under you, but anything not meant for paddling will expect some power behind it before it creates lift, even a liquid force.

If you have a really thick nugget type or something with a wide "mush-catcher" tail, that'd be my choice.

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Re: Surfing with a Kite Hydrofoil

Postby Macisback » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:43 pm

Hm nice idea, I should give my Zeeko Slash 5,4 with a 60cm mast and the Carver wing a try.

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Re: Surfing with a Kite Hydrofoil

Postby Starsky » Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:36 pm

Be pretty daunting to drop in and foil anything critical enough for a prone take off with a kite foil. Even on a wave catching dream. You'd do better to tow. Stick to the outside away from others and catch them as lazy swell. Kick out well before you're worried about depth! Repeat.

Anyone silly enough to try prone start wave foiling with a kite foil in beach break will learn the hard way.

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Re: Surfing with a Kite Hydrofoil

Postby Mossy 757 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:33 pm

Starsky wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:36 pm

Anyone silly enough to try prone start wave foiling with a kite foil in beach break will learn the hard way.
http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/xxl-c ... -h_139913/

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Re: Surfing with a Kite Hydrofoil

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Re: Surfing with a Kite Hydrofoil

Postby juandesooka » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:48 pm

I suspect a SUP version may fall somewhere between the prone paddling problems and tow-in possibilities. You can get going a lot faster/sooner on a sup, catch waves before they are breaking and critical. I figure a smaller SUP would be ideal, rather than a big log ... too heavy, too much swing weight. If I was willing to drill holes in my SUP, I'd find out for myself. But I'm not ... so I hope to find a demo to try some time.

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Re: Surfing with a Kite Hydrofoil

Postby Peter_Frank » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:02 pm

RadDrDuke wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:56 pm
Can you mount a lower aspect foil (LF, slingshot, etc.) on a shortboard surfboard and paddle in to small waves and get up on foil?

Or do you need to have a very low aspect wing (like the GoFoil) to get up on the foil just paddling into waves?
Definitely, yes :thumb:

It will work even better than the very low aspect wings, you can get up earlier and it will be more stable, it will not be as lively when turning though :naughty:

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Re: Surfing with a Kite Hydrofoil

Postby gmb13 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:16 pm

Peter_Frank wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:02 pm
RadDrDuke wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:56 pm
Can you mount a lower aspect foil (LF, slingshot, etc.) on a shortboard surfboard and paddle in to small waves and get up on foil?

Or do you need to have a very low aspect wing (like the GoFoil) to get up on the foil just paddling into waves?
Definitely, yes :thumb:

It will work even better than the very low aspect wings, you can get up earlier and it will be more stable, it will not be as lively when turning though :naughty:

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