Stand-up paddling is a great workout, but it’s generally a slow-moving affair, at least on non-breaking waves. But put a foil on the bottom, and watch it fly.
A new board from Naish uses an underwater wing by Go Foil to lift the board and rider out of the water. In the video above, it appears to have plenty of lift to get SUPer Kai Lenny out of the water easily. The video doesn’t show him at the point of lift-off, but he is clearly paddling downwind and pumping the board while moving fast. We suspect it takes a bit of a downwind run, and maybe some wave action, to get lift.
But once going, this thing looks amazingly efficient, and could change the way we ride SUP boards in the future.