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In 2003, foil boarding was introduced in Hawaii. Foil boarding is a surfboard attached to a hydrofoil. Foil boarding was considered a fringe sport until a rider won the Red Bull Lighthouse Leighton Race. Since then, foil boarders have been popping up all around the world at beaches, lakes, and rivers.
A hydrofoil is a fin with wings that extends below the water. It replaces the fins on a surfboard and allows the rider to move at varying speeds. A hydrofoil is designed to lift the board out of the water. The rider appears to be floating in the air while riding their foil board through the water. The design was originally used in windsurfing, bodyboarding, wakeboarding, and surfing. Although only a few pro boarders attempted to use foil boarding, it now is a popular sport. You can buy a foil board at extreme sports shops. They may also offer foil-boarding lessons.
Surf with a Kite
Before foil boarding, kitesurfing grew in popularity and remains popular today. A surfer will use a kite to capture the power of the wind and surf through open waters. You will see people standing on their boards, holding onto their kites while coasting through rivers, lakes, and oceans. They can harness the power of the wind by using a large parachute-type kite. The parachute-type kite is much larger than most kites you would fly as a hobby. The material is extremely durable and includes a wide variety of shapes such as bow and C-shaped kites. You can hold onto the kite while you jump out of the water to catch air or do a flip.
Wing-foiling combines foil boarding, surfing, and kite or parachute surfing. The surfer will harness the wind’s power using a handheld wing while on a hydrofoil board. The handheld wing allows you to pick and choose when you would like to capture the wind. Unlike wing surfing, wing-foiling requires you to use a foil board. If you choose to use a regular surfboard and a wing, it is called wing surfing. Professional wing-foil boarders may suggest you try foil boarding and wing surfing before you attempt wing-foiling.