Windsurfing on a Blade

Windsurfers are a common sight on the bay when there is a stiff, steady breeze, as there was yesterday.  But this windsurfer’s board rarely touched the water.  He rode at amazing speed with his board a foot or so in the air.  Not momentarily airborne, as expert windsurfers can do, but riding steadily in the air on a blade toward the rear of the board.  It’s called hydrofoil windsurfing or foilboarding, and there’s a lot of information and videos on the web about it.  It’s an old technology dating from the seventies, and widely used on power craft, but difficult and little used on sailboards until new lightweight materials and designs made it popular.  Expect to see much more of it on the bay.  

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