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  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,584 MM Trick Skier / Eccentric Person
    It will be interesting to see how far people can take the trick stance on a foil. Wondering about possibly a wakeboard stance. Might be better than sitting (like the air chair).

    Also wondering about advancing the foil technology to make them self stabilizing. Foils are quite difficult and sensitive.

    Cool product!

  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 445 Crazy Baller
    I would be very concerned about the foil taking my head off in a crash. (Of course that may be a significant improvement:)
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 854 Crazy Baller
    Maybe that guy should figure out how to ride it before reflex putting out a video. Super lame. Foil looks fun tho.
  • eddie_roberts_jreddie_roberts_jr Posts: 442 Water Ski Industry Professional
    A releasable binding doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Riding it barefoot is just plain stupid.
  • Keith MenardKeith Menard Posts: 388 Crazy Baller
    We have an air chair at our club...this looks like infinitely more fun.
  • andjulesandjules Posts: 754 Crazy Baller
    edited November 2017
    I don't know the full story, but I'm pretty sure that's Luca Spinelli @ TE Wake n Ski in Bangkok (Luca is an Italian 3-event Reflex skier who spends his winters in Bangkok, where Reflex skis are manufactured). I follow TE Wake N Ski on Facebook, and about a month ago they had a few videos like this except the foil was on a wakesurf board (no bindings). Looks like they're having fun experimenting over there, trying to develop something new...
  • WoodySkierWoodySkier Posts: 64 Baller
    Wake/surf stance seems like a better way to use a foil than to put a hard shell binding on it in a trick stance, it just looks awkward. Lots of wake foils popping up on the market, Slingshot has a few and they have been making them for kiteboarding for a few years now.
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,261 Mega Baller
    Looks like the trick stance is spread out way to far to be comfortable.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • Deep11Deep11 Posts: 205 Baller
    I’ve been “foiling” (with a kite) for over a year now. A couple of things of interest here:
    1. I think the Reflex binding here is to sell Reflex bindings. Strapless is actually the way to go - you are never “edging” with a foil so simply don’t need that level of control. Strapless (or a loose single front strap to help get up) is the best for safety as when you fall you leave the whole thing behind you. Also with kitefoiling we “tack”and change feet - whilst on the foil!
    2. It looks “lame”because it’s not easy :) despite that, just being able to do it is a lot of fun and hard work. Good core work out.
    3. The video shows flat water but where it’s really fun is when it’s too rough to ski, because you are above the water you cut through the waves like you are on glass - amazing sensation.
    4. Interestingly when learning to kite foil I was always told “ don’t try it behind a boat as it’s way more dangerous” I think that is because the pull is more horizontal ( wake board tower to learn?) so if you get it wrong you can get wrapped up in the board rather than being pulled up and away from it.
    5. Helmet a good idea
    6. Buy a kite too - perfect for those just blown out days
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,779 Mega Baller
    Man if only a company hasn't had this fully developed and on the market for over a year.
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,070 Mega Baller
    Also available at Performance:

    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • FSSPCatFSSPCat Posts: 116 Baller
    Anyone else nearly have a seizure from watching that video? Seriously though, great use for surfing. Skiing, meh.
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 3,976 Mega Baller
    I'd like to see some crash footage of the learning curve
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