iteboarding, wing foiling, foil boarding and kite foiling are all top of mind for our watersports addicted guests at Numero Uno. While kiteboarding has long been a passion in Puerto Rico, hydrofoil and wing foil have grown in popularity and enthused long-time kiteboarders and newcomers alike.
The first commercially available hydrofoil surfboard was produced out of Puerto Rico in 2018 by a small company named Lift Foils. The board is usually equipped with a propeller, electric motor, with a carbon fiber foil and mast on the underside, and is controlled by a handheld remote that has a trigger to use for acceleration.
“Is there a difference between hydrofoil kiteboarding and kiteboarding?” This is a common question, and yes, kite foiling is a similar but different experience. Kiteboarding is conducted on regular one-directional or twin-tip board, while hydrofoil kiting is done on a hydrofoil board that features a modified keel.
This sport is very versatile and can be enjoyed in several different ways. However, the high-tech board and gear are costly, averaging around $12,000. So, we recommend that you start out by renting a hydrofoil (they are included in both beginner and advanced lessons at Numero Uno’s Kite Puerto Rico), and taking an introductory lesson to test the waters.
Wing foiling ditches the kite in favor of a hand-held wing sail. The wing is more responsive than a kite, allowing for tighter maneuvering, particularly in high wind conditions.
A quick glossary note: hydrofoil kiteboarding is also known as kite foiling. Using a hydrofoil board with or without a kite can be referred to as hydrofoiling, foiling, and foil boarding, while wing foiling — aka winging — refers to a different equipment configuration that we will discuss later in this article.