Do-it wrote:Thanks for the great info. I'm close to pulling the trigger on LF foil mainly for price point. I already own a kitefish board. What is the realistic low end of this board when I gain a fair amount of riding ability?
The LF is a good and fun foil.
Different hydrofoils will start at the same lowend, IMO no difference (only if going to the extremes in terms of a small low cambered wing).
A big slow wing will lift earlier, and be easier for beginners.
BUT, the faster wings will have more apparent wind, thus work in just as light wind, maybe even better in fact
With a 10m2 you (at 69-70kg) can ride from maybe 8 knots when skilled, so 8-10knots (10 knots being almost overpowered though).
Using a ligthwind LEI say 12-14m2, you might be able to get down to 7 knots.
And with a foil kite, you can go even lower.
Does not sound like much of a difference ?
True, but trust me, from 6 to 8 knots the power difference of the wind is 80%
With a bigger (racelike) board, it is easier to ride non-foiling, and easier to learn jibes/tacks, and might be a tad easier to get it onto planing (can be done though with a small board when a bit more skilled).
BUT, as such there is not really any difference in low end.
So as said, the LF hydrofoil will have the same low end as other hydrofoils, not better nor worse IMO - and this goes for all common hydrofoils