Notes from Maui: Foil SUP Boards

Foiled Again!

Since my last visit  almost a year ago, the number of foil boards you might strapped on the back of a pick-up truck or in the water here on Maui seems to have increased. The foil looks like a model airplane on a stick or some sort of  large antenna and is attached where the fin would be on a sup board.  It allows paddlers to harness the power of the ocean swell and glide above the surface of the water longer, faster and seemingly effortlessly.   However, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye, and it requires an incredible amount of finesse, and practice.

We caught up with downwind legend Jeremy Riggs working with a foil board in Kahului Harbor.

Pretty soon, we might just see Jeremy bombing down the Maliko Run on one of this rigs – no pun intended.

Big thanks to Jeremy and Mark Raaphorst at SIC for letting us tag along today!

 

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Lisa
Lisa is managing editor of PaddleMonster.com and is an avid paddler of all the things - including sup, SurfSki, outrigger canoe and prone, though she especially enjoys paddle surfing and downwinding. She is a former journalist with more than 30 years experience in print and broadcast journalism and in government communications. She is a six-time Chattajack finisher, racing both sup and OC2. When not paddling, she is an outdoor instructor.

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