I was thinking to write something like this. Now - I don't need it. Excellent stated. I would not change anything. Great summary!cglazier wrote:Shorter mast is easier to ride.
Actually just the opposite is true. More mast height gives you more room to make altitude corrections and allows you to ride in bigger chop. All good hydrofoils use 90 to 100 cm masts.
Footstraps are scary.
On any kiteboard, twintip, directional, or hydrofoil footstraps help your control and minimize your crashes. It is certainly easier to ride a hydrofoil with footstraps. On any kiteboard be sure to adjust your footstraps so that you come out easily. Hydrofoiling is not not particularly dangerous. After you learn to foil you can try riding strapless which is fun, but it is a more advanced skill. It is possible to learn strapless ..but why make it harder on yourself.. it would be like first learning to kiteboard on a board without straps.
Hydrofoils are too expensive
Most hydrofoils and boards are custom made in low quantites. Don't expect prices comparable to high volume production runs. The top quality hydrofoils are made with prepreg carbon which is expensive to manufacture. Less expensive aluminum options are available but they are heavier and lower performance. Several companies now offer complete board and foil packages for less than the price of a new kite.. this seems inexpensive to me.
Carbon is fragile.
Nonsense. Carbon is very strong and can resist tremendous impacts. Certainly equipment can break but this is usually due to design or manufacturing issues. Some of the newest top quality carbon hydrofoils are bomb proof.
Inexpensive hydrofoils are a good buy.
Perhaps at first. Most cheap foils are slow and easy to learn on. But many riders soon upgrade to a higher performance foil. It may have been cheaper to get a better foil in the first place. And don't believe the models that offer upgradable parts.. you will have to replace every part of a cheap foil to make it a high performance one.
All I want to do is just learn to foil along slowly.
When I first started kiteboarding years ago I expected that all I ever would want to do would be to ride back and forth. I was certainly wrong. With hydrofoiling there is a world of tricks, jumps, cruising, racing, wave riding, long distance riding etc. that hydrofoiling opens up for you. You will never be satisfied just going back and forth.
Use a smaller kite size to hydrofoil
You can certainly use a smaller kite size than other kiters with your hydrofoil. But you don't need to. As you gain experience you may like being powered and you can use the same size as other riders. Many moves like tacking are easier with more power. And when learning be sure you have good power in your kite.
The board doesn't matter since it is out of the water.
A good board is very important. You need enough volume to get started and the right shape so you can recover when you touch the water. It should be light and responsive.
Footpads (padding under your feet) are nice.
Recently I was surprised to find that you don't need any pads at all. They do nothing.
Any kite works with a hydrofoil
True. But you will enjoy a higher aspect kite that sits high in the window (like a race kite). One of the joys of hydrofoiling is pointing very high and an old wave kite just doesn't help in this.
You don't need anything else.
Actually when you are learning a helmet and an impact vest are both a good idea. Once you gain experience your crashes aren't as hard and don't happen as often.
What would be your choice if you are asked to use only one foil for let's say another 5 years?juandesooka wrote:I fear that designs optimal at low speed are being overlooked as performance limited to beginners. I’ve ridden several hydrofoils considered high performance that were crazy awesome at insanely high speeds, but for me lacked stability at the low speeds I love to fly at.
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