There are different types of boards:
– thin (no volume);
– voluminous wide with a flat bottom;
– voluminous narrow ones with beveled sides.
Let’s look at the pros and cons in order:
- Thin (no volume) hydrofoil boards:
– easy to transport;
– very impact resistant.
– extremely insufficient stiffness, this is strongly felt at speeds above 30 km / h;
– sharp edges, it is very painful and dangerous to hit the edge of the board;
– when the kite falls, there is no help to stay on the water and unwind the kite;
– due to the lack of volume, the start is a little difficult, in case of errors on turns it can dive under the water;
– heavy weight.
- Volumetric wide boards for hydrofoil with a flat bottom, suitable for beginners and lovers of slow driving. The flat bottom allows the board to walk well and very steadily through the water in displacement mode. This property is well suited for practice reversals and beginners.
– a great advantage of volumetric boards for hydrofoil – high bending stiffness, help in self-rescue on the water when the wind is “turned off” and the kite fell, it is especially important in conjunction with the parafoil.
– light weight;
– compact size, these boards don’t need any length;
– more rounded edges, less traumatic;
– easy start – helps the board float;
– forgives beginners mistakes.
– a more delicate construction;
– no hits on rocks or hard surfaces.
- Volumetric narrow with beveled sides for hydrofoil boards are suitable for those who like maximum speeds and high jumps. Beveled sides are needed in order not to cling to the surface of the water with the end of the board at maximum edging, as well as to bounce off the crests of waves during a big chop.