A Hydrofoil is a big wing under a sort of surfboard. It exists since 10 years and was mainly used for waterskiing, fast sailboats and in racing for kitesurfing. In 2014 the kite industry realized that this could be an interesting addition to your kite quiver, a whole new impulse to your kite style. With very little wind you can start to ride, and once you’re up you float with hardly any resistance. It’s amazing!
Saint Brandon provides the perfect conditions for foiling, enjoy discovering the various islands of the atoll. Imagine being able to kiteboard above the water. Gently flying over the choppy waves in silence. Silence so unheard of that you can even hear the white water breaking next to you while you glide along at speed.
On light wind days, a gentle cruise on a yacht looks so inviting with flat calm seas, and only a gentle breeze. With a foilboard, you can now go kiting on these lovely days.
So what is a foilboard (or hydrofoil) you might still be asking? Well, as you can see in the pictures below, the board has a keel (the long part) that is attached to a fuselage with front and rear wings.
In simple terms, the analogy is a model glider (foil) connected to a 1m shaft/mast, which is attached to a surfboard. The kiter stands on the surfboard and is powered by their kite. As the board speed increases the foil generates lift and the board rises above the water. The kiter controls elevation by applying pressure on the board through his feet and forward drive via the kite.
What’s the thrill/excitement of riding a kite foil?
– Flying one meter off the water, being able to sail/kite all year round in 4-6knots to the upper limits of 25-30knots and pushing speeds in excess of 40knots.
– Silence on the water
What're the drawbacks?
- Can be expensive
- Learning Curve
That being said, if you already have and know how to kitefoil, then what are you waiting for? Get yourself to Saint Brandon and tick off that location from you bucketlist! Check out our Kitesurfing trip here