The sport of stand up paddleboarding has just taken a leap into the next dimension with the introduction of the Naish Malolo SUP Hydrofoil and who better to demonstrate the board in use, than the renowned waterman Kai Lenny. A video has been released of Kai riding the hydrofoil sup during a downwinder paddle and is said to have reached speeds of 20 mile an hour!
Hydrofoils are nothing new, they have been used in the sports of kitesurfing and windsurfing for a while now, and most people have seen Laird Hamilton riding his tow powered hydrofoil surfboard, but they are relatively unheard of in the sport of paddleboarding. You may remember we featured the Sealion Wings last year, that version of FoilSUP has a retail price of €3799 and was more aimed at wave riding. Its hard to imagine actually riding a SUP foilboard, but once you generate enough speed and get gliding the foil will automatically lift the board and you will soon be quite literally flying.
Although there is a tremendous amount of interest in the hydrofoil SUP, at this moment in time, no details are available regarding mass production and pricing of the Naish Malolo. The video of Kai Lenny putting the Naish Malolo Sup hydrofoil through it’s paces can be seen below. Do you like the concept of a SUP hydrofoil and would you like to try it, or do you think it will be an overpriced gimmick, only any good for the likes of Kai and Laird?