Hydrofoil technology in water sports is not particularly new, the use of a hydrofoil on a surfboard was first witnessed by most people on the 2003 classic movie Step into Liquid, when Laird Hamilton showcased his latest invention. The first time you witness Foilboarding you could be forgiven for sitting there with mouth wide open and jaw hanging down.
Although seemingly impossible, the hydrofoil lifts the board and rider out of the water and allows the surfer to ride along 18 inches above the surface of the water with so much less drag. The Foilboard is extremely manoeuvrable and responsive and apparently rides so much more smoothly than a traditional board.
It is of no surprise, that the use of foil technology has found its way into Kitesurfing and one person who is leading the charge is young Olly Bridge from the UK. Olly comes from fine stock, his Mum Steph is a 4x World champion, Dad Eric is a kite instructor, whilst his two younger brothers Guy and Tom both compete on the European Freestyle circuit.
The fact that the Foilboard creates so much less drag means that it can be used when the winds are lighter and opens up a whole lot more ride time. To see Olly Foiling take a look at the video we have found below and look out for a Foilboard at a beach near you