Because having to stop, drop in the water, and redirect the kite with a TTHF offers no advantage to the directional format BUT does include a huge amount of drawbacks in the design of a stable, easy to ride foil.Toby wrote:Horst Sergio: let us know what Mischa had to say after he tried it!
I think what keeps more people away from hydrofoils is the jibing. So there is a market for sure for the TT HF.
If the wind is too light for em to have fun on TT, why not take a TT HF and do my stuff with it? Sounds fun
For everyone who has ridden a foil, this is self-evident, the idea of wings that go both ways means you leave 50% of your performance on the table and create all these stability challenges that will make the foil harder to ride and learn on. It'll be just as difficult to change directions with as a directional foil, if not more so.
It's not that people are closed minded or insistent on everyone conforming to one style of riding, it's that this idea of a bidirectional foil is literally stupid, like, from an engineering perspective.
If you're going to operate under the assumption that you have to water start to change directions, you should just do what Vadim from Greenhat does in this video and switch feet in the water. I do this when it's too rough to tack and I can literally switch feet as quickly as I can redirect the kite:
If you do this, you get to ride a foil that will be easier, more stable, and faster than any TTHF could possibly be, with the added advantage of being able to overcome your crippling fear of gybeing if you so choose. If you buy a TTHF, you'll never know if you want to tack and gybe because it simply won't be an option, which is honestly kind of a bummer.