I recently posted some video riding an Electric Hydrofoil. Of course lots of peeps sent me questions like: “How is this possible?”, “Where is your kite?”, “Where is the boat pulling you?”
The answer is pretty simple, there is an carefully engineered electric engine mounted inside the board and running down the foil mast. Right above the wings, there’s a torpedo type propeller that lets riders experience flight over almost any body of water at up to 25 mph, no waves or pull required.
My friend Ronald Tremblay is one of the first owner of this technology. I felt really grateful & lucky that he let me spend a bunch of hours getting use to this new technology this past week.
I’ve put Tofino on the back burner for several years. It had been on my top destination list for years and always wanted to explore this amazing Canadian landscape. Lets be honest, this is the best surfing wave that Canada has to offer! The focus on this trip was to foil surf some new LF foil wings & boards… Tofino has proven to be foil surfing heaven!
Tofino is a small district on Vancouver Island, off Canada’s west coast. It sprawls on a peninsula within Clayoquot Sound, characterised by wild natural scenery including lakes, inlets and ancient rainforest. Sandy beaches with year-round surfing facilities include Cox Bay, Chesterman Beach and popular Long Beach, part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The relaxed town of Tofino sits on the peninsula’s tip.
Today we took my friend Ronald’s plane and flew from Montreal to the Magdalen’s Islands for a quick 3 days trip…
I had a new kite to test (SOLO V4 9m). When we landed the wind was already blowing 25-30 knots, therefor we headed straight to the beach for a quick onshore wave session.
The weekend racer is made with carbon fibre and Macassar ebony wood. Its length, shape, piercing nose design and flat bottom makes this board ultra fast and justifies its name. The Rapid. Also named after the lake bearing its name on the western shore of Cabonga Reservoir in the Outaouais region of Quebec. All paddleboard purchases come with a free travel bag. It’s our way of saying thank you for caring for your board.
- Length 14′
- Width 26″
- Thickness 8.5″
- Volume 281L
- Weight 26.4lbs / 12kgs
- A foilboard the size of a turtle, really?
We’ve been part of the foil revolution for several years now, leading today’s market by introducing the extruded aluminium mast and CNC fuselages. We tried so many different ideas for kiteboarding hydrofoil and prone surfing hydrofoil in the last several years. Couple months ago I saw Brandon Scheid pulling out of his board bag the smallest foilboard I had ever seen (designed by Peter Mehrohof). I got my hands on the following prototype and spent some time riding this tiny board, figuring out how small kiteboarding hydrofoil could really be? It took a session or 2 to get in-tuned with the board, then it started to feel amazing under my feet.
Although I feel 3’ is way to small for average kiteboarders, it gave us tons ideas for future lightweight product development.
- How small can a kite foilboard really be?
From top to bottom, I had the privilege to design the art for the 2019 Liquid Force Echo (Brandon Scheid’s, Triple-S 2018 Winner) and the 2019 Liquid Force Radnium in the centre of the rack. The bottom 2 boards are the Legacy, art by Joe Highfill for Jason Slezak. As always, board shapes by Jimmy Redmond & Peter Mehrohof.