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Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Postby pikovsg » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:54 pm

There’s been a huge rise in foiling over the past few years. Roughly, what’s the proportion now?

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Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Postby grigorib » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:09 pm

Probably there are not many exclusive foilers. I’d guess 40% of riders have or ride a foil. And probably 25% of riders actually prefer a hydrofoil to twintip.

Both numbers are growing fast.
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Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Postby FLandOBX » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:11 pm

I have no idea what the actual (true) proportions are, and I doubt anyone else does. It's an interesting question though. It probably varies with location (country, launch conditions, etc.). At my usual launch spots, which are mostly shallow and not conducive to riding long hydrofoil masts, I'd estimate less than 5% hydrofoils and 95+% twintips or directionals. With deeper water, we might have 10-15% hydrofoilers, but no more than that. Just ballpark estimates, of course.

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Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Postby tomtom » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:22 pm

1:10

hf vs tt

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Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Postby NYKiter » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:39 pm

Very good question.

Seems to be folks who look at it as a light wind option and then there are those who strictly ride foil in any situation...

Interesting to see how it somewhat divides the kiting community....kind of like the division between the windsurfers and the kiters.....the foilers vs. the nonfoilers...

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Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Postby rynhardt » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:14 pm

Yeah very much location dependent.
Cape town for example is probably 99% TT's and directionals, maybe 1% foils.
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Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Postby grigorib » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:46 pm

NYKiter wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:39 pm
...Interesting to see how it somewhat divides the kiting community....kind of like the division between the windsurfers and the kiters.....the foilers vs. the nonfoilers...
The flavors of the sport have always been here
- Race (esp formula) vs freeride
- Directional/waves vs the rest
- wakestyle and boots vs the rest
- Handles vs depover
- C vs SLE
- Ski vs board
- Foil vs inflatable
- straps vs strapless

Even foils rebound to low aspect large area wings for freeride after few years of focus on race wings

It’s an amazing variety to choose from and enjoy and I’ve seen sights in the past 6 months of 8/10 people foiling and remaining come and ask questions because they will buy one soon

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Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Postby 4liner » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:37 pm

100% are now foiling. For years and years there used to be one guy kiting on a surfboard, then he switched to foiling. BTW, did I mention that guy is me?...on my own private beach.

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Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Postby Foil » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:07 pm

Maybe 10% now at New Brighton,
4% of who sail at Rhosneigr,
same at Newbrough,
1% at Ainsdale (Steve)
0% at West Kirby.

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Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Postby Toby » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:11 pm

in Cumbuco Brazil with good winds you have around 80 TT, 20 Surfboards and 5 foils.


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