It’s always exciting when something new gets added to a sport and totally changes your perception of what is possible. Let’s face it, hydro-foiling is certainly nothing new to windsurfing … and is the major buzzword in pretty much every single watersport conceivable at the moment, from kiting to dinghy sailing, surfing to downwind SUPing. But there has always been this subdued caveat to quell the initial enthusiasm … a sort of unuttered White Elephant that seems to come hand in hand with it, pigeon holing foiling as yet another niche corner of the sport. And that is that it looks hard … and the foil itself is expensive. Does it really add anything more to the sport … and are you prepared to go through yet another painful learning process, with plenty of wipeouts from height?
Well, having played host to the Lokefoil Demo this weekend, we can comfortably say that foiling windsurfing has come of age and DEFINITELY adds something new to the sport. And what is more, it is very accessible to everyone, from the competent freeride sailor and above. The interest and excitement around the centre was both tangible and infectious, the foils on demo passed from sailor to sailor for pretty much the whole weekend. If you didn’t get a chance to come down this weekend, then fear not as the centre now has a demo Lokefoil and we’re stocking them for sale as well. Who knows where this could lead? Foiling slalom, anyone?
Many thanks to William Huppert from Lokefoil for coming over from France to demo the foils and showing us how it is done … and to Yann Vasseur for being the man to instigate the weekend. Great effort Yann.