Great comments and links Juan,juandesooka wrote: ↑Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:18 pmAgree about not many people going out in this stuff. And those who do, most are probably aiming to do significantly different riding style than you. Meaning most of this discussion is pointless, as we're all just talking about our own personal experiences in isolation,but thinking we have some common denominator.
Regarding surf foils, there's a wide variation in designs aimed at specific needs. Consider that performance surfers will have numerous boards for varied conditions, a sup for tiny waves, longboard for small clean, fish for small mush, shortboard for everyday decent surf, then a big wave gun for the xl days. Just as in surfing, you will not get big wave performance on your fish, I suspect you may be expecting a bit much for your single do-everything design. A subaru station wagon is a great all round vehicle but it won't win a formula 1 race nor the Baja1000.
This is a helpful comparison chart for surf foils across brands: http://www.mackiteboarding.com/news/let ... hydrofoil/
But you'll note top speed is 18-20 mph and none are rated as for high speed. As you say ... the market is mainly aimed at slow waves. (probably because in faster waves, most surfers will surf!)
This page expands the discussion to include kite oriented foils, trading speed for lift
http://www.mackiteboarding.com/news/201 ... ical-uses/
As an example, slingshot's h3 wing is described as specifically designed for tow-in surfing (and in looking this up, see it's on sale for $99 at mackite....there's a cheap experiment for you maybe http://www.mackiteboarding.com/2018-sli ... e-h3-wing/ )
For performance of foil wings in larger surf I think you'll find better answers in the surf foil community than kite foil. In particular those who focus on tow-in surf foiling. That seems the closest to what you're trying to do (though also rare) -- youtube searches, forums, etc, may uncover some tips. EG Kai Lenny and a handful of others have posted session videos attempting to foil bigger waves.
You are right. One foil will not do everything. I have a number of ideas from this thread for wings that ill think about making for testing.
We have 3 discussion going on here.
1) Techniques on how to ride fast waves.
2) Idea's on how to adjust your current kit to work better in fast waves.
3) The ideal kit to use for fast waves.
I like the idea of talking to the tow in wave foilers who ever they are. I'll see if i can search some down on the interweb.