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Learning to Foil
The videos Kai Lenny posted of SUP downwinding on a foil sparked the imagination of the Stand Up Paddle community. Flying over the surface seemingly effortlessly was like a dream come true and we wanted to do it too!
Jeff Chang offered to take me foil boarding using his kite board and kitesurfing foil that he got used from a friend, towing behind his jet ski. Our first attempt was pretty unsuccessful and we found out that it is a lot harder than Kai makes it look.
On the second attempt, the foil mast broke at the base and Jeff decided to shorten the mast shaft from about 40" to 24" length and also slightly modified the angle of the rear stabilizer foil to make the foil more stable. With these changes and some more practice we were finally able to maintain some flight with the foil on the third attempt and it felt amazing!
Blue Planet Surf Shop has pre-ordered foils for Stand Up Paddle surfing and down winding from GoFoil/ Starboards. We expect to be one of the first shops that have these new SUP foils in stock, contact the shop if you are interested in pre-ordering one. Please subscribe to our channel to receive updates on our efforts to learn this new and exciting sport and tips on how you can learn it, too.
Aloha, Robert Stehlik
For more information on the SUP foils we will offer, visit: http://gofoil.com
Watch the whole playlist for more videos on SUP foiling.
This is the second video, shot after we set up the GoFoil Kai Foil:
Flying over the surface feels so smooth and effortless but it's a lot harder than it looks.
Kai Lenny making it look easy
Naish is coming out with their own foil design soon.
This is the modified kite foil we were using
The go foil SUP foil prototype