Ocean legend Dave Kalama joined us live from Maui to chat foil addiction and the future of the sport. Hear stories from the early days of foiling, the zen art of wave riding and why Dave feels like a little kid when he goes surfing.
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James Casey isn’t just one of the world’s best ocean paddlers, the reigning OluKai champ and downwind master is also pretty handy on a foil board.
“Jimmy” doesn’t mind traveling either, so this year he’s teamed up with Sunova to create an epic series of videos in some of the most iconic locations. Last month he was foil surfing Waikiki, this month the Sunova rider is flying past the Sydney Opera House and under Australia’s best-known bridge. Where to next? 🤔
If you’re wondering what that board is: it’s this one.
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In case you needed any more convincing about the foil revolution, watch as Starboard ‘Dream Team’ rider Trevor Tunnington shows us what’s possible after just two weeks of practicing on a foil board. This kid’s a fast learner…
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With the trade winds blowing and big bumps rolling between Maui and Molokai last weekend, Zane Schweitzer decided to ditch his race board and compete in the M2Molokai challenge on his SUP foil board. Despite ceding about 10ft in board length, Zane was the quickest racer in (or rather: out of) the water.
SUP superstar and pioneering ocean athlete Kai Lenny has chalked up yet another landmark achievement, smashing his own Molokai to Oahu record in a solo attempt that saw him complete the iconic channel crossing on a SUP in less than three and a half hours.
Kai set the official record during last year’s Molokai-2-Oahu race, claiming the elusive and highly prestigious title after outlasting defending champ Travis Grant in a 4 hour 7 minute battle. But in an out-of-competition foilboard crossing last week, Kai absolutely smashed that mark by 41 minutes to set a new best time of 3 hours 26 minutes. And according to the young man himself, that mark could easily be beaten. → READ MORE
You know those kind of people that do something great and then sit back, relax and enjoy the afterglow? Kai Lenny is not one of those people.
The superstar of SUP seems to have hit after hit these days. Just a week after scoring one of the most talked about SUP racing videos of the year via his freakish performance in Fiji, Kai is already back home on Maui creating more internet-breaking clips. This time he’s dropped the paddle but it’s still fairly close to the world of stand up paddling: Downwinding the Maliko run. The twist? Kai does it on a shortboard… → READ MORE
First it was Kai Lenny, then Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer. Over the past six months, SUP foil boarding has taken over our collective imagination. And now the world’s first modern-day stand up paddler, Laird Hamilton, is getting in on the fun.
Laird has actually been pioneering and experimenting with foiling longer than just about anyone, spending the past decade or more testing foils designed to ride massive open ocean swells off the coast of Hawaii. Most of that has been tow-in foil surfing though, and this is the first time I’ve seen footage of him foiling with a paddle in his hands. → READ MORE
Zane Schweitzer and Connor Baxter have just taken the hydrofoil craze to a bizarrely-awesome new level, showing off their freakish talents at the Starboard dealers meeting in San Diego the past couple of days.
First up, Zane getting some lift courtesy of a windsurf tow-in behind Connor yesterday afternoon, which I thought that was impressive enough, but what they did the next morning was beyond epic… → READ MORE
You’ve probably seen the crazy videos doing the rounds of Facebook the past few weeks. Foil boarding. Some say it’s the future of downwinding. Well if it is, the future is almost in your hands…
Starboard has teamed up with Go Foil, the team that brought this futuristic new form of stand up paddling to life, to bring these awesome toys to market. Both the surfing and downwinding foil boards will be available to buy in August, though only in limited numbers. → READ MORE
While all eyes are on Maui this weekend to see who will triumph in the 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, Kai Lenny made us temporarily shift focus after dropping this crazy little nugget on Instagram a few hours ago.
That’s Kai somewhere along the Maliko run (the venue of this weekend’s big race) on what can only be described as a mutant hydrofoil race board. → READ MORE