Blink and you might miss this novel way to hit the water. Meet a hydrofoil for standup paddle boards that allows riders to glide through the water at a fast pace, and looks remarkably like they're hovering magically above the waves.
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If hydrofoils sound familiar, it's because they've long existed for boats. At increased speeds, strong foils decrease drag and help lift the vessel out of the water. The standup paddle board invention requires a strong initial glide, good wind, and works by supporting the board with a foil made from solid carbon and fiberglass. The new hydrofoil board named for flying fish, called the Malolos, took years of research and development, GrindTV reported.
Big wave surfer and standup paddle board champion Kai Lenny got to ride the special board in Hawaii. Calling it more fun than work, he praised the board's performance and said it had changed his perspective of the ocean. He credited Naish Surfing and Alex Aguera at Go Foil for making the dream a reality.