He has a paddle, but it’s anything but the SUP we know. Kai Lenny, Zane Schweitzer, Connor Baxter and others have been playing and experimenting with foils a lot this past summer. A few of us even got to try them in a bayside tow session in San Diego and I can honestly say, these are not easy. I know. I was one of 2 people on a boat of 10 who couldn’t get going. I have a lot of respect for what they can do.
What I like about them is what I liked about SUP at first: range. You can hit waves that traditional surfing can’t touch. What makes this entirely different is accessibility. Anyone can paddle a SUP. There’s a model and setting for just about everyone. Foils are different. THere’s the injury factor of having sharp metal knives on the bottom of your board and increased speed, decreased mobility.
Regardless, this is hypnotic and very cool to watch. It kind of blows my mind at the possibilities you can see even in a calm, relatively small break.