Foil SUP Practice Day 2 – San Francisco Bay

Foil SUP Practice Day 2 Seeing this video has me super stoked to keep practicing and learn how to foil SUP surf. Fortunately we had already booked a foil practice session on the Barbary Ghost.

Such a good time, I am really enjoying community on a boat. After Saturday’s outing I am asking how can we get together like this everyday and have the good vibes continue all day and into the night? After these group surf sessions I find myself reluctant to go surfing alone. I suspect this is what a day is like for hunter gatherers or ancient Polynesians

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Learning to Foil Surf and a New Camera Angle

Learning to Foil SurfThe past few weeks I have been obsessed with the foil!  So unique, so different, and the potential of opening up a whole new era of surf possibilities is blowing my mind.

Monterrey bay has a lot of kelp beds and I was concerned there was nowhere I could foil without getting it all tangled up in kelp.  So this was a test to see if this surf spot was free of kelp and deep enough so the Gofoil wouldn’t hit the bottom…

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SUP Foil Practice – San Francisco Bay

SUP Foil Practice - San Francisco BayPractice – another step forward in learning to fly a SUP Go Foil by being towed behind a boat, the Barbary Ghost.

It’s been a while since I have been pulled behind a boat, I forgot how much fun the group camaraderie is.

One of the reasons I am documenting my learn to foil experience is to give a realistic account of progressing.  The pros make it look so easy, as do the experienced kite foilers.  Seeing some of the video of myself I feel a bit embarrassed, it is humbling to be a beginner again and struggle to grasp the basics.  At the same time I remember how hard it was to learn to downwind SUP surf, SUP surfing before that, and prone surfing way before that…

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What’s so great about Foil surfing? – Video

Learning to foil surfOnce upon a time surfing was a group activity where everyone knew each other, everyone was welcome, and every wave was a party wave.  After surfing there was a beach fire party and a seafood feast with live music and dancing.  Today it is likely that complete strangers sit next to each other and the only words spoken are to tell each other to get off their wave.  Also beach fires are often illegal or limited, the fish are often polluted, and few people know how to play music and forgot how to dance.

Foil surfing can change this by allowing us to ride the swells in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, and more…

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Huge swells wrap around lighting up Fort Point and beyond – beautiful days

Lighting Up Fort PointOne dark cold early morning my cousin took me to surf Fort Point.  First time I had been and it was bigger than I was comfortable with, I was feeling scared and anxious.  My cousin jumped off the rocks and breezed out like it was effortless.  I watched for a bit and then scrambled down the rocks slipping and banging my knee on a sharp rock, I sort of crawled into the water and then flailingly paddled as hard as I could to get outside before I got smashed by a set.

I made it out and then watched in a panic at how close the take off spot was from the huge sharp rocks…

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First Gofoil Maliko Downwind SUP Foil Attempt

Downwind SUP FoilFirst attempt to fly the Gofoil Maliko downwind SUP foil in the San Francisco Bay here in Alameda.

With the foil sticking out of the bottom of the board and the camera pole sticking off the top it was a bit of a challenge to get it in and out of the water.  Pretty comical actually, and then at the end of the run the water is only a couple feet deep over thick mud.  To get back to land I took the camera pole off, turned the board upside down, and prone paddled to the beach.  The fisherman didn’t quite no what to make of me or what I was doing.

Trying for a wave I felt the board accelerate and release, or maybe even fly?  Good thing I have the video to watch and see what was going on, as when in the water I couldn’t tell if the board was flying or not…

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