In this video, Robert Stehlik, the founder of Honolulu-based SUP shop and Stand Up Paddle brand Blue Planet tries to foil board. In order to “activate” the foil he had to be dragged by a jet-ski to reach a speed of 40 miles an hour. Here is Robert’s description of the video:
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.
Blue Planet Surf Shop has pre-ordered foils for Stand Up Paddle surfing and down winding from GoFoil/ Starboards and we should be one of the first shops that have these new foils in stock, let us know if you are interested in pre-ordering one. Please subscribe to our channel to receive updates on our efforts to learn this new and exciting sport and tips on how you can learn it, too.
Aloha, Robert Stehlik
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