Kiteboarding to flying, that is what hydrofoil is on a kiteboarding
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A foilboard or hydrofoil board is a surfboard with a hydrofoil that extends below the board into the water. This design causes the board to leave the surface of the water at various speeds. The first foil board was created to tow behind the boat by surfer turned water skier Mike Mack in 1993.  Laird Hamilton, a prominent figure in the invention of big wave tow-in surfing, later discovered the foilboard’s capability to harness swell energy with the use of a jet ski, pulling the rider into a wave. Mango Carafino, a big wave tow surfing athlete and water sport instructor from the Hawaiian Island of Maui, was one of the early developers of the hydrofoil board design for stand-up hydro foil boarding (kitesurfing) applications. The stand-up design allows the rider to glide with the moving wave. Hydrofoil kiteboards allow the rider to achieve the same result with the use of a kite. The hydrofoil eliminates the effects of choppy or rough conditions. Due to the hydrofoil’s underwater characteristics, the rider can angle higher into the wind than on traditional kiteboards which ride on the surface of the water. As a result of reduced friction, hydrofoils can attain high speeds and lift at lower speeds compared to conventional designs. Foils are used on wind-surfboards through design development from Neil Pryde Maui, inventors of hydrofoil sailing “windsurfing” boards. Using a moderately sized sail, a foil windboard can achieve speeds over 6
Foilboarding is conquering new enthusiasts. Some say it’s the fastest growing class in kiteboarding, some say it’s hasn’t future. So, what’s good and bad in the hydrofoil design?
Foilboarding, kite foiling, hydrofoil kiteboarding, foil kiteboarding. Actually, you can call it many names, but it all leads to the same discipline. Riding a kite with a hydrofoil board under your feet.
Hydrofoils have been used on different watercraft since 1906, when Enrico Forlanini, an Italian inventor, introduced the first foil design in a boat.
In the early 1960’s, Walter Woodward, an aeronautical engineer from Upper Newton Falls, Massachusetts, developed the first waterski hydrofoil. It looked cool and futuristic.
In 1972, Mike Murphy and Bud Holst developed the kneeboard for water skiing. The concept was improved in detail over the next couple of decades, until Mike Mack’s own “Mackstrap” saw the light of day. It was a heel strap used on a hydrofoil slalom ski, similar to the modern units.
Surfers rode big waves with a foilboard, windsurfers tested it in speed channels, and kiteboarders are getting hydrofoils popular in the market. So…
What makes foilboarding a great opportunity for the development of kiteboarding?
1. Speed matters; foil kiteboards are faster than all other kite boards because they have less drag. 2. No more bumps; sailors can ride above the waves and the bumpy water surface, and so they won’t feel the impact of rough waters. 3. Less physical effort; sailors feel a “light” ride with a hydrofoil under their feet. 4. Angle higher into the wind; the hydrofoil’s underwater skills are smarter than the traditional board. 5. Turn faster; the hydrofoil blade “cuts” the water for you. 6. Media-friendly innovation; the futuristic look attracts cameras and spectators. 7. Great for light winds;
Why is foilboarding considered a no-future kiteboarding class?
1. The danger factor; you don’t want to be hit by a hydrofoil whether you’re riding sharp razors or light carbon. 2. Not a Freestyle and Wave toy; the hydrofoil is not suited for innovative tricks and wave face cutbacks. 3. Not handy; it’s not easier to travel with a foil kite board. 4. Price; foilboarding is still more expensive than the traditional kiteboarding disciplines. 5. Shock sensitivity; kelp, fishes and plastic bottles are dangerous obstacles. 6. Too exotic for sailing authorities; it won’t be easy getting official recognition from the world’s governing bodies. 7. Regular maintenance; you’ll have to check the hydrofoil for damages, right after each sailing session.