As you look out on the Columbia River this summer you will see the wing foilers surfing and smiling. It is the new addicting wind sport in the Columbia River Gorge.
Foil boarding had gained popularity within the kiteboarding, windsurfing and stand up paddling communities over the years. The hydrofoil allows riders to ride in less than 10 knots while still having lots of fun. Riding above the surface of the water gives the rider the feeling of floating and you can reach speeds around 30 mph without much effort. Athletes who have been in the Gorge for over 30 years have watched wind sports evolve. Windsurfing for 15 years— then onto kiteboarding for another 20 years, and then in the last two years discovering wing foiling.
The main attraction for switching over to wing foiling is that you are riding the energy of the surf and swell. It’s about carving around and having fun, it’s not about jumping or going fast. Wing foiling is easier to rig up and takes pressure off your hands and your body. It is simple, quiet and as some say, it has a familiar feeling as the thrill found in skiing powder.