No this is not a spaceship, it is in fact many hydrofoils attached to a windsurfer to boost it in the air way back in the 70's. Nowadays, thanks to advances in technology and demand, prices are dropping and making it way more accessible for the masses, as a result we are seeing many more take flight, with particular presence in the south of France, the hydrofoil is seeing a new lease of life and could even be making it's way into the Olympics by 2024.
Hoorue hydrofoil action in the South of France.
Finally, RS:X Olympic windsurfing class is pushing hard to see hydrofoils in the 2024 Olympics.
Meet the RS:X Convertible, the new windsurf board, sail and foil developed by NeilPryde to attack the 2024 Olympic Games.
The windsurfing brand introduced the new equipment at the latest RS:X Class AGM in Eilat, Israel. The water test was run in winds of 10 to 15 knots, and the maximum speed recorded was near 25 knots.
The new RS:X Convertible board weighs six kilograms, offers 120 liters of volume and measures 225x75cm. It also showcases a prepreg carbon foil, and a double profile four cam 7.8m sail. The 100 percent carbon mast and 100 percent carbon boom with integrated trimming system complete the kit. Quite the dramatic change from what is on offer now.
The RS:X Convertible by NeilPryde will be marketed from 2017, but there will be demonstration races during the 2016 RS:X Youth World Championships in Limassol, Cyprus, from November 19th-26th.