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  • Writer's pictureJosiah Holwick

Foil Boarding with Phil Lewis

Updated: Jan 14, 2022

What kind of magic is at play here? Seriously, how is this possible?

Hydrofoil’s work under the same principles as an airplane. You have two wings, one in the back and one in the front as a stabilizer, and you have high pressure and low pressure areas on the wing. Creating lift and allowing the rider to glide with the moving wave by harnessing the kinetic energy with the underwater swell avoiding choppy or rough conditions on the surface. The mechanics of guiding the board, turning, and maintaining control over the foil’s balance point are heightened, but the potential for finding flow is endless.

Hydrofoil’s date back to the turn of the 20th century. Alexander Graham Bell is known for inventing the telephone, but Bell didn't just sit around for the next 46 years. He kept right on inventing looking for the next big thing, which led him to the idea of building an airplane that could take off from water. But then they turned to a different idea – the hydrofoil, which let him set the speed record for 10 years. 

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