This topic is quite interesting - as it is posted in the "kitesurfing" forum.
Most not foiling, have no idea about what its like to blast around and feel the waves on a hydrofoil
Meaning, they only base it on "looks" and comparing to a wave/surfboard, which does not make any sense at all...
Unfortunately, no matter what we "foil waveriders" say, it will never stay any different
Riding waves on a hydrofoil is SO much more than on a waveboard, and different too - can and should never be compared - both have their place and amazing feel, but apart from the smooth bottom turn feel and love for the feel of waves, nothing in common
So dont compare - get your own experience doing both instead, please.
I also, wrongly, tried to copy waveboard riding at first - meaning seeking fully sideshore conditions and copying something that doesnt make much sense in the same way...
We can ride with quite onshore winds, actually being better than sideshore, and chop is no problem, so I dont understand you Peert, as the very reason (also) hydrofoiling is so great, is because huge chop can be the most amazing conditions to ride, where ONLY a hydrofoil excels and feels sweet!
We got the same conditions here in Denmark as you got Peert, and hydrofoiling has changed everything around as suddenly bad or useless conditions are good.
Nope, it doesnt look cool as no spray, agree - and this also means something, no doubt.
But apart from that, the "Zen feel" you get is impossible to match, so you gotta feel it yourself, no doubt
Whether you want to ride waves hydrofoiling powered, or just using the wave with small or drifting kites, is simply personal and both got their place but extremely individual.
stevez, agree that pictures or even better video, is the only way to share how you ride waves - words or pictures of others are useless here
But as said, only makes sense for hydrofoilers, as non-foilers got no clue how it feels, but IMO wrongly compares to surfboards