Miami Has the new spot for the next step in kiteboarding. That is kitefoiling or foil boarding. or just foiling .
It seems that the whole kiting world suddenly got very interested in hydrofoils the past few years. Foilboards have actually been around for some years, first sit-down ones for skiing behind a boat, and then big wave surfers developed the stand up version from that. Commercially available foilboards for kiteboarding have been available since 2006. So what is all the hype about, and why now?
Imagine being able to kiteboard above the water. Gently floating over the chop in silence. Silence so unheard of that you can even hear the white water breaking next to you while you glide along at speed.
Now imagine being able to go upwind like a racing yacht. My average sessions at Kitebeach (in Cape Town) takes me from where Seli the wreck used to be upwind to Sunset beach, and then back again. If it was not fast and easy I would definitely not be doing it often.
Add to that the fact that when the wind is light, you are still powered up enough to go wherever you want to, as fast as you dare to go, and there will be no one else on the water (except maybe some SUPs and surfers). 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.