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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A Surf Tale – Recut – All 3 versions

A Surf Tale - Recut with Directors CommentaryStoked to present the recut version of A Surf Tale!  I trimmed and cut the scenes that didn't work, and remastered the video for HD.  Below are three versions:

1- The first is the recut with directors commentary;

2- The second is the recut with the original sound and music score;

3- The third is the is the recut with the original score and the addition of narration.

Here is a preview of the recut with director's commentary:

Below are the three versions of this film.
Length of each is – 26:49
I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed reliving this adventure...

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