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Brandon Foilboarding Hood RiverHydrofoiling has become the latest craze in kiteboarding, surfing, stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing, and wakesurfing. Even to us, it seems to still be new and more innovative with every passing season. While hydrofoil riding seems new, hydrofoiling actually dates back to 1906, with a hydrofoil  boat crafted by Italian engineer Enrico Forlanini. From there, it's moved on to skis, to sit-down foilboards, to kiteboards, then on to nearly all board watersports.

Foilboarding has recently exploded in popularity within the kiteboarding community. With an efficient design, hydrofoils allow riders to cross into that sub-10 knot threshold while still having a ton of fun. The same logic has been applied to surfing, SUP, windsurfing, and wakesurfing. Riding above the surface of the water, a foil board gives you the illusion of what can only be described as floating. For kiteboarders in light wind areas or wave riders looking to better maximize marginal conditions or simply experience something completely new, the foil is the perfect solution.

So, what are the differences in these hydrofoils?

KITEBOARDING HYDROFOILS AND FOILBOARDS

  • Long mast (30-40") to handle waves and chop
  • Short fuselage for tight turns and quick pitch adjustment
  • Full range of wing sizes to adapt for speed, conditions, and riding style.
  • Track box is the most popular type of board connection
  • Most boards range in size from 3'6-5'
  • Most boards have the option to mount footstraps or hooks

SURFING HYDROFOILS AND FOIL SURFBOARDS

  • Shorter masts (20-30") to allow for small wave riding without hitting the bottom.
  • Short fuselage for tight turns and quick pitch adjustment
  • Wing sizes range from large to very large. 
  • Both track boxes and tuttle style boxes are common.
  • Most boards range in size from 4'5"-7'6"
  • Added volume aids in early paddle entry on smaller boards
  • No footstrap mounting options for most

SUP HYDROFOILS AND SUP FOILBOARDS

  • Shorter masts (20-30") to allow for small wave riding without hitting the bottom.
  • Short fuselage for tight turns and quick pitch adjustment
  • Wing sizes range from large to very large. 
  • Both track boxes and tuttle style boxes are common
  • Most boards range in size from 6'-10'
  • Added volume aids in early paddle entry on smaller boards and additional stability when paddling
  • Footstrap mounting options are available on some custom boards

WAKEFOILS AND WAKEFOIL BOARDS

  • Short masts (15"-30") to handle chop and steep wakes
  • Short fuselage for tight turns and quick pitch adjustment
  • Full range of wing sizes to adapt for speed, rope-less riding, wake size, and riding style.
  • Track box is the most popular type of board connection
  • Most boards range in size from 3'6-5'
  • Most boards have the option to mount footstraps or hooks

WINDSURF FOILS AND WINDSURF FOILBOARDS

  • Long mast (30-40") to handle waves and chop
  • Long fuselage for stability and pitch stability
  • Full range of wing sizes to adapt for speed, conditions, and riding style. 
  • Tuttle is the most popular type of board connection
  • Most boards range in size from 5'-8' with some models as long as 12'
  • Most boards have the option to mount footstraps or hooks

Hydrofoil wing size suggestions for surfing, wakefoil, kiteboarding, SUP, and windsurfing

 An in depth look at wing dimensions across all brands and their predominant uses.

 

  • On Sale

    2018 Liquid Force Impulse Rear Wing

    Liquid Force Kites

    Now: $99.00
    Was: $275.00
    2018 Liquid Force Impulse Carbon Wings What Liquid Force says about the Impulse Carbon Wings Created in collaboration with Cloud IX surf foils the Impulse wing set confidently crosses kite, surf and wake hydrofoiling.  Designed to provide rapid...
    Now: $99.00
    Was: $275.00
  • 2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Rear Wing - Carbon 2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Rear Wing - Fiberglass

    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Rear Wing

    Liquid Force Kites

    $170.00 - $200.00
    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Rear Wing With the Matt Wheeler collaboration for 2018 comes the Thruster Carbon Rear Wing - an incredibly progressive freeride foiling opportunity. Kite foiling has continued to up the ante, and the foiling thruster...
    $170.00 - $200.00
  • On Sale
    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Wings 2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Wings

    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Front & Rear Wing Set - Glass

    Liquid Force Kites

    Now: $199.00
    Was: $399.00
    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Wings With the Matt Wheeler collaboration for 2018 come the Thruster Carbon Wings - an incredibly progressive freeride foiling opportunity. Kite foiling has continued to up the ante, and the foiling thruster carbon wings...
    Now: $199.00
    Was: $399.00
  • 2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Front Wing - Carbon 2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Front Wing - Carbon

    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Front Wing

    Liquid Force Kites

    $230.00 - $300.00
    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Front Wing With the Matt Wheeler collaboration for 2018 comes the Thruster Carbon Front Wing - an incredibly progressive freeride foiling opportunity. Kite foiling has continued to up the ante, and the foiling thruster...
    $230.00 - $300.00
  • On Sale
    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Set

    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Set

    Liquid Force Kites

    Now: $629.99
    Was: $899.00
    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Foil Set Foil does not come with protective bags The Thruster Foil, LF’s addition to the wonderful world of kite River. If you are on the hunt for the epitome of high-class, high-falutin’, all-black no-nonsense...
    Now: $629.99
    Was: $899.00
  • 2018 Liquid Force Thruster Wing Shim Kit

    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Wing Shim Kit

    Liquid Force Kites

    $8.50
    2018 Liquid Force Thruster Wing Shim Kit Don't need that heavy and expensive HD fuselage? Already have a Liquid Force or Cloud IX hydrofoil?  This shim set allows you to mount your Thruster wing set to a standard or carbon Liquid Force or Cloud IX...
    $8.50
  • On Sale
    2019 Liquid Force Galaxy Foilboard 4'2" 2019 Liquid Force Galaxy Foilboard4'8"

    2019 Liquid Force Galaxy Foilboard

    Liquid Force Kites

    Now: $499.00
    Was: $775.00
    2019 Liquid Force Galaxy Foil Board 2019 is yet again the year of the foil. The Liquid Force Galaxy has proven to be one the front runners in foil market with its lightweight construction and feel-good concave deck. Liquid Force decided to add a second...
    Now: $499.00
    Was: $775.00
  • Liquid Force 76cm Carbon Fuselage

    Liquid Force 76cm Carbon Fuselage

    Liquid Force Kites

    $299.00
    Liquid Force 76cm Carbon Fuselage What Liquid Force says about the 76cm Carbon Fuselage Same fluid shape as the alloy fuselage in a lightweight, 100% carbon construction. Specs at a Glance Color Matte Carbon Compatible Foil...
    $299.00
  • Liquid Force Foilboarding Short Mast

    Liquid Force Foilboarding Short Mast

    Liquid Force Kites

    $145.00
    Liquid Force Foilboarding Short Mast Mast-only; Base Plate is optional This short mast from Liquid Force is 60cm in length and a great way to either get into the craft of foilboarding or to foil in shallow waters. The mast is the same profile as the...
    $145.00
  • On Sale
    Liquid Force Happy Foil Wing Set Liquid Force Happy Foil Wing Set

    Liquid Force Happy Foil Wing Set

    Liquid Force Kites

    Now: $379.00
    Was: $579.99
    Liquid Force Happy Foil Wing Set What Liquid Force has to say about the Happy Foil Wing Set Designed in collaboration with Matt Wheeler, master hydrofoiler and engineer. Matt has been “boutique” engineering wings for some of the most...
    Now: $379.00
    Was: $579.99
  • Liquid Force Medium Aspect Carbon Tail Wing Liquid Force Medium Aspect Carbon Tail Wing

    Liquid Force Medium Aspect Carbon Tail Wing

    Liquid Force Kites

    $209.00
    Liquid Force Medium Aspect Carbon Tail Wing What Liquid Force says about the Rear Wing Do you have the need for speed, yet still want to push your free riding boundaries? The Liquid Force medium aspect wings are the perfect combination of front...
    $209.00