Foiling For Fun and Exercise in Maine
Saw the video and it sure looks like a lot of fun.
The man in the video ‘foiling’, actually it is called Dock starting. You get on the board and you pump up and down. It is only one of about a dozen forms of foiling.
Foiling is the act of riding a hydrofoil through a body of water. The rider isn’t physically touching the hydrofoil as they ride it, though. The hydrofoil is attached to a board that hovers above the water which the rider uses as a platform to control the foil during their “flight”.And since the board is out of the water there's no drag or friction on it slowing you down.
The man is Peter Lataille. He started hydro-foiling about 20 years ago. And has been very passionate ever since.
I’m 60 years old now and I hope to be doing this for at least another 20 years. The beauty of this is you can do it anywhere there is water.
His favorite is wing foiling. Maybe you have seen him. On the Penobscot River. Penobscot Bay. Blue Hill Bay. Anywhere there is water. Ocean, lake, river: it doesn’t matter. Using the wind, to move you along by holding a wing.
Peter is so into foiling that he has made his own boards in his workshop garage at home.
Wind foiling is not very physically demanding. You can do it for hours and hours, It requires very little enery, And it’s a blast.
He estimates that in the entire state of Maine there are less than a hundred ‘foilers’. It’s growing across the country and growing on the coasts, but Maine is slower to catch on. But Peter’s estimation is that more and more are taking up the sport and he thinks it’ll continue to grow. And with all ages. Kids to 80-year-olds.
Peter is a Perfusionist. That is someone who runs a lung heart machine for open-heart surgery. Surgeons have to stop the heart and lungs to do the surgery, and the perfusionist runs the equipment to keep the patient alive.
So foiling sounds like a good escape from that high-demand profession. Great therapy two or three days a week for hours at a time. With speeds of 10 to 20 mph on average, you can go a long way in a couple of hours.