Kite Board Foiler Design

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  1. Doug Lord
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    That looks like a moth... with one foil...
     
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    RC, kite foilers have the same number of vertical lifting foils as a Moth: (you can see that in Adam's second video as well!)
     

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    Alright... one carbon arm going into the water...
     
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    The first word which came to my mind while watching him sailing the thing was - "Elegance" :)
     
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    I have spent the winter in a beach house on a kiteboarding beach so I see the foilers out every day. I posted a couple of photos of some foils on this forum last week. They are indeed very sophisticated designs and underway make absolutely no spray at all

    I will ask the guys here what they think of the one in the video

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    That would be interesting to hear. The unfortunate thing about the video is that it doesn't show the "hull" in the water enough! Hard to see if it is an improvement or not.
     
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    No foilers on the beach today. But I did wonder what was their appeal. With a conventional board you can bounce/surf on waves, you cannot with a foil. There aren't yet enough to race them. Obviously they don't get stopped by waves going to windward, so are quicker, but that's a bit academic really.

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    With a foil board you can ride in less wind, use a smaller kite, go faster and point higher upwind than with any conventional kiteboard.

    I saw a race with about 15 participants a couple a months ago in Tampa Bay.
     
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    There are around 30 kiteboarders in/around Cocoa Beach but not a single foiler that I've seen yet.
     
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    Some video from the St Pete Kitefoil Regatta:

    http://vimeo.com/114743495

    The guy in the video is I think a novice, watch for short clip of an experienced racer tacking at 0:39
     
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    There are a half dozen foilers here in Banderas Bay. They are very impressive. I'm hoping to get invited back to PRO a kite event.
     
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    Great video-thank you!
     
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    I think foiling kiteboards and windsurfs are two sailing classes which will see an explosion of popularity in very short time. That's where foiling can really be affordable and technically within everyone's reach.
     

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    Bottoming out in shallows could be interesting.
     
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