Super-fast kite-surfing

A new kite-board patent was published in August: a hyrofoil board.

A curved hydrofoil lifts the whole board out of the water, cuts friction dramatically and gaining massive amounts of speed.


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Goodhart10 years ago
Wouldn't one have to be going at "break neck (literally) speeds"?
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart10 years ago
Speed is the point - you don't have to be going so fast for a hydrofoil to lift you (see those silly waterskipper things), but once you are lifted out of the water, you lose over 90% of your drag without losing any thrust, so that you get much more speed from the same effort.
Goodhart Kiteman10 years ago
I see. I was just wondering how one overcame the drag until "above the water", without a decent motor pulling them.
ewilhelm10 years ago
It looks to me like this is more intended for waterskiing or being towed behind a boat. Hydrofoil boards have been around for while, but they are often really heavy, and so not very common.
hmm. It is clever but i can see any variation in board position could have you splatting into the sea..but i suppose thats what surfers like.