Foiling has grown a lot in popularity over the last years. In Castelldefels you can see more and more people getting into foiling, but what is it exactly, how does it work and why is it so much fun?!
So, basically, a (hydro)foil board is a more surfboard-shaped board (instead of a regular twintip-shaped board most people use for kitesurfing) with a big mast or fin under the board extending into the water. This fin basically lifts the board off the surface of the sea, making the board float above the water at various heights and various speeds.
The use of the foil board is actually not that new, you can find articles and images of people using a foil board as a wakeboard way back in the ’90s already. In kitesurfing, the board has grown in popularity tremendously over the past few years. There are a few reasons for this:
- Because of the big mast/fin under the board and the fact that the board is up above the water, you can gain speed and ride the foil board with a lot less wind than the twin tip. With the right gear, you can ride in less than 7kts already!
- Foil boards have amazing upwind-riding abilities, you can see people ride almost directly into the wind on their foils.
- Because the board floats above the water, your ride is very smooth – you don’t touch the chop so you also don’t feel it. This also makes the ride very quiet and peaceful.
For those who want to make the most of all of the light-wind days we get in the area, the foil board is definitely a great invention – you can increase the amount of kite sessions a lot! However, learning how to foil is not very easy and can also be a bit dangerous (imagine the mast hitting you in the head when you fall). Because of this, we do recommend you to take a course and let someone help you at least the first time you foil!
On the 20th of February 2020 we will organize a mini course on foiling; you can learn about everything you need to keep into account when starting and see if you think it’s something for you. Members of KSB can sign up here.