A bit curious too - as most kite hydrofoilboards were "waveboards" for a long period so kitefoiling started with waveboards (and I use one today), untill racing started with bigger boards.
Great video though, like it a lot
Especially the time lapse of unpacking - cool
But dont see any specific "wave" innovations here ?
You are probably sharing the stoke over riding a hydrofoil in waves - AWESOME
I like it too - still learning, but found out, that when you do 90-180 degree turns back and fourth, you can often use the wave to "push" you, so you can ride up foiling without stalling (the foil), even when the kite is almost "dead" or stalled (which I try to avoid of course, by flying it back and fourth - but it happens sometimes that it goes completely dead, while you are still foiling steadily because of the wave pushing you)
Hi Dave & Frank.. you are both sort of right
- The new foil - better than the older model Lift because it is a little faster. The previous model that you can see in Foil II is awesome too, I can't faulter it. But I now prefer the newer version because the strut is a little longer and the foil design (wings) allows for more speed under control. But you can't go wrong with either of them. You can learn with either just as well.
- the wave board - this was because I wanted a board I could surf with, without the foil
. I asked for it and MHL made it just that. I wanted a quad and it is a real surfboard, I have plenty of photos using it without the foil.. I'll post one - that was the brief.
So when I go travelling I only take one surf bag and I have the best of both worlds. But I suspect soon will spend most of the time on the foil, as I already do. Foiling in waves is just AWESOME. The only thing you don't achieve is the spray on cutbacks, but all the rest makes up for it. But why have to choose when you can have both eheh.
- the other thing I like about MHL is that they asked me what I wanted on the boards, so I asked them to make up a design and colours to complement my kites. Sent them the photos of my 2 drifters and they made it up. They have some seriously good painters and designers - I like the feel of having something that was designed for me personally. Have a look at the kite colours and the boards
I can't wait to have enough time under my belt to tackle some serious waves, that's the goal. While I will never live up to Laird Hamilton at least I have a standard to strive for.
Glad you enjoyed the vids. I am about to go to Aitutaki, Cook Islands in 2 weeks and while it will be flat water the scenery is fantastic so I will make a little doco for myself. I will look for waves there but everyone says the reef is a little dangerous, we'll see. I'll post when I get back.