Just when you think you’ve finally reinvented yourself & got foiling thing- the whole world comes crashing down. The trick is to the surrender to the flow and just trust the process.
I’m a few years into this foiling endeavor, starting with kiting and now windsurfing and the more I do it, the more I’m hooked. It’s almost as if you get a brand new start to enjoy your most favorite thing in the whole world. For me, the process of learning to foil has been unlearning all the other things, which doesn’t come easy after decades of muscle memory but then again if you trust the process, the fun will come.
For most, kiting is the light wind option, but for me, it’s all about exploring the what the foiling windsurfer can do in the light breeze. When the breeze is under 15 knots, I opt for the foiling windsurfer as that’s the best tool for the job. You can shlog to the wind line and not worry about the repercussions of dropping your kite and self rescuing a foil kite & board. Once up, it doesn’t take much to keep going. All the power is generated from the foil and with a few pumps of a 8-9m rig you can get going in 10 knots and stay foiling in 7 knot, In anything over 15 knot, you don’t need anything over a 5-6m rig to keep the power going, I never though a year ago when I first got a foiling windsurfer that a foiling gybe would be possible but now I’m oh so close.
This year I up’ed my game and got a high aspect foil specific rig, It’s a game changer with a long luff and short boom. The Severne hyperglide 2 8.0m rig locks in the ride both upwind and downwind and is very powerful around the race course.
At the end of the day, however, it’s time on the water that’s crucial to making all your foiling gybes light wind take offs and heeling the board to windward for the most optimal trim.
After 1 Friday night foil windsurf race race and a few Thursday night kite races , I remain humble and realize there’s still much to learn for this grasshopper to learn.
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