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Bodyboard Hydrofoil Video

Posted: Thu May 30, 2019 11:51 am
by rodndtube
Interesting footage. The foil seems huge to me ant unsuitable for the places I usually ride
(too many rocks, reefs).
https://youtu.be/roW0gKXzuAU
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Alien-Fish-Pai ... 3507044730

Re: Bodyboard Hydrofoil Video

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 10:53 am
by Nels
Looks like a great way to shred the skin of your shinny-shin-shins...

While it's great to look at, mystifying to me how it actually works and works so well from what the vid shows (mostly because I just don't care), I'd hate to be "sharing" a peak with somebody on one. If somebody is looking for a commercial product future I would guess it will have to be at a wave park, somewhere controlled. I'm sure a rider would get a wide berth while in the water but I would heartily support close-quarters action on the beach or in the parking lot...

Re: Bodyboard Hydrofoil Video

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 10:58 am
by GeoffreyLevens
"I would heartily support close-quarters action on the beach or in the parking lot..."

That might take a village or at least a committee ;)

Re: Bodyboard Hydrofoil Video

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 3:07 pm
by krusher74
I can't say I have ever tried it but I feel foiling is the one thing that isn't surfing at all, I don't know really what it is :?

As you are not planning on the hull of the board or using a rail it's just so different.

its looks very fast and really uses the wave energy efficiently, but it's kinda like racing a hover car around a race track without the friction interaction of tyres to the surface I think I would struggle to enjoy it.

Re: Bodyboard Hydrofoil Video

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 5:31 pm
by bgreen
Surfoils is the guy to ask about these. I tried one of the early prototypes and my crook back didn't appreciate it too much.

What I found interesting was the footage near the end where there were a couple of bigger waves. On one the ride was clipped, so presumably it wasn't a great ride and on another it looked like it was either tracking or harder to control. It's interesting to watch the flipper action as well.

Reefs and rocks and crowds - it would be a hazard. Even coming in on a thumping beachbreak.

Where I could see a real application is choppy surf - this would presumably remove the bounce effect and if the waves were a nice point break ruined by onshore winds, no problem - slice through it.

Re: Bodyboard Hydrofoil Video

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:48 pm
by rodndtube
that thing has a huge wing span and depth if i read the dimensions correctly. Much prefer the idea of a smaller profile foil ala Gilbert Lum,
http://www.hisurfadvisory.com/stuff/gilbert.htm

Re: Bodyboard Hydrofoil Video

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:37 pm
by Atlantasurfer
If this baby only cost a hundred bucks I would be buying it right now. I have to try this.