Nah, the switch to foils for racing wasn't about shaving a tenth of a knot. They are 20% faster around the course, but more importantly they are a lot more fun to ride. Have you tried a foil? It's a good time.eree wrote:all who ever tried to compete on formula board now have acquired the foil boards and try to shave another tenth of the knot.
When racing started in San Francisco (~2009), there were guys on foils but the course boards were faster around the course, so the foils fell out of favor. Just recently (last 2-3 years) foils were developed to be much faster.eree wrote:you do know that high AR wings and foil water boards are known for years, right?
What killed the raceboard was people switching to racing foils because they are faster and more fun to ride. Very few people bought a raceboard for any reason other than to race. With no one left to race, their value plummeted.eree wrote:and certainly do not invest in foil bubble. because it is just that - the bubble
The sector and other freerace boards grew out of the raceboard "bubble", and the people who bought those boards for lightwind fun are still out there enjoying them. Sectors have held their value on the used market while full on raceboards tanked. Same thing for people with freeride foils. Even if all foil racing goes away, the LF foil is still going to be a fun lightwind board, so I'd say it's pretty bubble-proof.
On top of that, foils are just a lot of fun to ride. A lot of people (including me) are pretty much giving up all their other boards (twintips, surfboards, raceboards) and just want to foil now. That never happened with the raceboard. I liked the lightwind ability of the raceboard, but that was about it. If it was over 14 knots I was happily moving on to the twintip. Now I find myself on 25 knot days wishing there was a little less wind so I could go out on my foil