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Foiling for Fun and Exercise in Maine

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I saw the video and it looks really fun.

The man in the ‘foiling’ video, actually his name is Box from. You get on the board and pump yourself up and down. This is just one of dozens of forms of foiling.

Foiling is the act of driving a hydrofoil across a body of water. However, the pilot does not physically touch the hydrofoil while flying it. The hydrofoil is attached to a board that hovers above the water which the rider uses as a platform to control the foil during its “flight”.

The man is Pierre Lataille. He started hydrofoiling about 20 years ago. And has been very passionate ever since.

I’m 60 now and hope to be doing this for at least another 20 years. The beauty of this is that you can do it anywhere there is water.

His favorite is wing foiling. Maybe you have seen it. On the Penobscot River. Penobscot Bay. Blue Hill Bay. Wherever there is water. Ocean, lake, river, whatever. Use the wind to move while holding a wing.

Peter loves foiling so much that he made his own boards in his garage workshop at home.

Windfoiling is not very physically demanding. You can do this for hours and hours, it requires very little power, and it’s awesome.

He estimates that in the entire state of Maine there are less than a hundred “foilers”. It grows across the country and thrives on the coasts, but Maine is slower to spread. But Peter’s guess is that more and more people are getting into the sport and he thinks it will continue to grow. And with all ages. Children up to 80 years old.

Peter is a perfusionist. He’s someone who runs a heart machine for open-heart surgery. Surgeons must shut down the heart and lungs to perform the operation, and the perfusionist operates the equipment to keep the heart and lungs alive.

So foiling seems like a good escape from this in-demand profession. Excellent therapy 2 or 3 days a week for hours at a time. With speeds of 10-20 mph on average, you can go a long way in a few hours.

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