Hydrofoils and More
Foiling is here! We have foils in stock right now.
Foiling is all over the sailing scene. The next America's Cup is going to be sailed on fully foiling monohulls that look like funky water bugs, big foiling multihulls are setting crazy distance records, and people are putting foils on everything imaginable. I don't know what the future holds, but flying and sailing are going to play a part. Much of what's out there isn't very applicable to our local scene, but some of it surely is.
Windsurf foiling is one area that we've had personal experience with - and it's awesome! I do think it'll be the way of the future for light wind windsurfing. Short boards with small rigs will be foiling in light breezes - doing 2-3 times wind speed pretty easily. We have foils starting at $750. Contact us for more info.
Dinghy foiling has a few manufacturers bringing boats to market, but the most promising to me is the UFO foiler. It's based on a small catamaran hull that can be sailed off the beach, is stable enough to sail in non-foiling mode, can be rigged in less than 20 minutes from the car-top, and it's affordable to boot! I just got one in the shop if you want to see for yourself.
SUP foils are all over the web too. I do think there may be some good fresh water applications for our smaller waves and for downwinding. I'm not so sure about about it becoming real popular - we'll see. I do want to try it out myself.