10/6/7 Day 4 on HydroFoil w. kite. 2.5 hrs. (6 hrs. total)
Even though altitude control is still the biggest challenge, I was right about learning it quickly. There were only a few times when the foil came out of the water accidentally, & I got a few nice long runs without touching the water. That still takes a lot of my attention, but at least now there's some left over to enjoy that cool feeling of "gliding across perfectly soft, deep powder snow", & to work on my stance, which still sucks.
FlyinElvis wrote:...I ride a metal one, and I use boots/bindings. It is NOT because it is less stable. The boots are to keep you attached to the thing. If you fall off of it, the last thing you want is that foil coming after you...also, definitely not bashing carafino, i'd love to try one, but carbon tends to explode when you hit something (i.e. reef). I'd be interested to hear from some people who have spent some time on them to see how they hold up over time.
On my own bad falls so far I just come out of the straps & the foilboard gets left well behind, just like a plain board, not "coming after me", but I don't plan to ever ride it in the surf, which would be another matter altogether! Still, if I WAS going to get hit by one, I'd rather it be the lighter carbon version.
Earlier on this forum Mango posted that he drove his carbon foil into a reef at full-speed with bindings behind a boat, & it got damaged, but was easily repaired. It seems to me that metal would be more resistant to damage (from impact or abrasion), but also more difficult to repair if it DOES get damaged.