Foil Boarding Is The Coolest Sport You've Never Heard Of

Mar 3, 2015
Foil boarding is a similar sport to surfing but, unlike a typical surfboard, a foil board has hydrofoil that extends below the water's surface. Mike Mack, a surfer and water-skier, made the first foil board in 1993, which was intended to tow behind a boat like a jet ski. The point of the foil on the bottom of the surfboard is to let the rider gain more height while he or she is riding.

Laird Hamilton, American big-wave surfer and pioneer for tow-in surfing, has taken advantage of some of the foil board's beneficial qualities and decided to build his own. Watch Hamilton while he takes his homemade foil board for a spin on some major waves in Raglan, New Zealand.
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