Peter_Frank wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:36 pm
Whattheflock wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:19 pm
It's worth it, even if you're not in it for light wind benefits. Very very fun.
That is the best, and most simple answer, agree fully - it IS worth it, no doubt.
Problem is, everybody try to imagine the benefits before they start, without knowing it is because it is a new dimension of fun, IMPOSSIBLE to imagine...
That is NOT the issue at all, the benefits that is, it is simply a priceless sideeffect (able to ride every day you want to, riding max speed in no wind, jumping high in no wind, riding waves in no wind, feeling like waveriding in flat water, riding smooooth in choppy water)
You will love hydrofoiling, no doubt at all
I only know of two persons (and I know many) who has said "thats not for me", after having tried it briefly.
BUT, they both (one is here on the forum, the other one is my friend) had the attitude beforehand that it is not fun, it must not be fun, so they only tried it to be able to say "I told you so" if you get my point - sad, very sad, and one is changing view now, when seeing the fun and options suddenly opening worldwide, and that it catches everyone like a wildfire going crazy
JUST DO IT
But no one is actually doing it on my local
Particularly jumping high in no wind
, which is no jumping at all. Mostly coz they are now in strapless! It is a THING.
So, if you are referring to me, this is why I'm so disappointed.
Let's put it this way, ALL of people I know (10?), went with a short mast first. With a reasoning that it MUST be easier to learn on short and to be fair, it's a bit shallow on my local.
The thing is, they are still on a short to medium mast. One or more years after. It does float their boat, I do not judge.
It is totally untrue that the short mast has any benefits in my books. Took me 3 sessions on long mast to crack it. After 5 session it's easy to maintain UP/DOWN movement. All together, I crashed maybe 10-15 times. In last 3 sessions on 90cm mast and race high aspect foil. With a broken ankle (talar dome split in half 80%, no displacement, now 3.5 mnts latter).
The biggest disappointment is that absolutely no one foils in +25kn. Maybe some does, I just do not see them. It would be awesome to see someone jumping like like crazy but it's just mot happening. Or, if I need a telescope to see them, well, that is a shame. I stand behind my words, we need a crowd 'pleasers', we need people to get exited for this sport to survive. As Plummet mentioned, it's easy to reach a plateau if no one to compare with.
Only thing I see is going left/right, up/down, crash/splash, occasional jibe. Which is all to funny for me since "we" did judge people who mow the lawn on a TT, right? How is that different on a HF is beyond me.
So, if I wont be the first one to break a 10m jump on my local, no one else will. Saying that we are doing this strictly for our self's is rubbish. If is not, we would not write accolades about it here. Only people who never ever troll about it are doing it for them probably.
That is, if not posting on a FB and elsewhere
Spreading a stroke? For a +50yo guys? To funny. Must be a middle age crisis, which somehow, I'm still not in, or not recognizing it