First 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…
This foil surfing project has been 10 months in the making for me, and it really got going yesterday. First time ever riding a foil or having any experience with a tuttle box. Big learning curve for me.
I felt anxious as soon as I decided this day was the day to try it. I had no baseline to even guess what I was in for. Paddling out and going for a wave was a rush, and I never thought I would be terrified in knee high gutless mushy waves.
Looking forward to trying DW foiling here in the San Francisco Bay. I suspect this will open up a whole new area of wave riding. Thousands of wind waves go unridden and the bay is often empty of any wave riders. Foiling could change this,literally creating surf spots overnight where they have never been before…
Fall seemed elusive this year as October and November were full of big and stormy surf. December settled down and we scored three swells of beautifully groomed offshore surf. Fun to massive size waves and light to howling winds has me pondering the right tools to take on these conditions.
Below is the full video with music and voice over.
Length – 08:10
I hope you enjoy…