joekitetime wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:54 pm
Recently (well, yesterday) I posted a "how lame is that" blurb regarding the wind wing thing. It has been my opinion and general opinion on the beach. However, I do keep hearing folks go on and on about how "fun" it is.
It will be interesting to hear how it goes for you, given your experience in the related areas. One thing I am fairly certain of: even if you find it really fun, video of yourself will look lame and your performance is unlikely to convince many of the other general opinion on the beach people. (unless you happen to be one of those super freaks who make everything look WOW). Foiling in general and SUP foiling in particular, seems to be one of those things that looks slow and boring, but is a lot more exciting when it's you doing it. Maybe it's from being a few feet above the water surface, tricks your brain into thinking you're in danger or something.
For me, jury's still out, not enough experience to say. After intense frustration in first few sessions, it sure felt awesome to finally get up and stay up. I was just barely starting to feel comfortable enough to play around a little, then the wind machine died. So it remains to be seen ... (a) if fun enough to take the place of some 12m kiting sessions, or (b) if a realistic/viable option for sup foiling in wind, for an "average" surfer.
Re: question about big board...right now the focus seems to be SUP foils or bigger surf foils. Increasingly people are using straps. And with straps, I suspect water starts in higher winds will become more feasible ... I suspect over next few months we will see more videos of the pro types riding increasingly tiny surf foil boards. Since they can pump those to stay on foil in flat water, between waves, that may have interesting implications for the potential in various conditions. Dunno, we'll see.