Surfing a pretty crowded break (lots a groms getting their share before going to school) on the sunny qld coast, I nearly crapped my boardies as a guy on a foil hummed his way through the line up. And even though the surfer seemed a competent rider I couldn’t help think that this is just an accident waiting to happen. I usually am very open minded about what people ride and how (sups, hipsters with no leggie etc) but this is truely a murder weapon.
Gotta admit I reckon they look a little scary coming through the lineup.
...or a grommet?
Next swell there going to be up and riding and charging thru the pack behind the rock at Snapper.
I'd pay money to see that, that'd be some serious entertainment.
Joel Parko riding a Foil around Coffs today.
Saw one at Snapper a few weeks back. The guy was flat out carrying it to the water.
When you see goat boats on foils this marks the beginning of the End Times.
Foiling Sups would be pretty bad. I'll probably take up Bridge or something if that happens.
There are plenty on here that think we live in a nanny state of regulation yet in the water we can see goat boats, PWCs, motorised surfboards, SUPs, hipsters without leg ropes and now foils. Personally, I view all these as regression and refuse to surf with them. Granted it mostly happens on crowded beaches anyway which I avoid but there seems to be a lawlessness in the water that wouldn't be tolerated anywhere else.
The great MR was also using a foil sometime back ....
U gotta be kidding .
I bet when the first fin was put on a surfboard they said the same shit .
Help help the guy with the fin is on a wave watch out !
IMO it comes down to the compentancy of the user of any surfcraft & also the awaereness of all that share the line-up, then everyone excepting some element of risk.
Yes a foil sup could cause significant injury but in the same breath the corner of a bodyboard could quite easily destroy an eyeball if things went wrong.....
On the big S/E blow on the Sunny Coast about 6 weeks ago saw a SUP foil cruising Noosa point. Picked up a wave at B.P. and cruised through to 1st point. Was riding way outside where everyone was surfing or paddling.
Looked like a pig of a thing to paddle back out though. Old mate tried to stand up and paddle back out but resorted to laying down to paddle.
Also saw a kite surfer on a foil board hit a sandbank at the rivermouth. The forward somersault was funny but seeing that foil attached to his board flying through the air was a little sketchy.
How the bodyboarders feel about kooks on surfboards with fins