Published on June 29th, 2016 | by Supworldmagazine

Learning to Foil board

The videos Kai Lenny posted of SUP downwinding on a foil sparked a lot of interest in the Stand Up Paddle community. Flying over the surface seemingly effortlessly was like a dream come true and we wanted to do it too! Jeff Chang offered to take me foil boarding using his kite board and kitesurfing foil that he got used from a friend, towing behind his jet ski. Our first attempt was pretty unsuccessful and we found out that it is a lot harder than it looks. After the mast on the foil broke on the second attempt, Jeff decided to shorten the mast shaft from about 40″ to 24″ and also slightly modified the angle of the rear stabilizer foil to make the foil more stable. With these changes and some more practice we were finally able to maintain some flight with the foil on the third attempt.

Aloha, Robert Stehlik (Blue Planet Surf Shop)

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