Cottesloe: surfers get a lift from small swell by attaching hydrofoil to boards

Nathan Chandler rides the swells at Deep Six last night. Pictures: Jon Bassett
Nathan Chandler rides the swells at Deep Six last night. Pictures: Jon Bassett

SURFER Nathan Chandler is among a select group taking surfing to a higher level riding barely-breaking waves on a hydrofoil attached to his board.

The Karrinup resident was getting regular runs of about 100m using the cutting-edge device at Deep Six reef break, Cottesloe last night.

He said he had been using the hydrofoil, with its Hawaiian custom-built board, near Trigg for several months.

However, he had discovered the lumpy offshore break south of Cottesloe was more suitable.

Hydrofoils allow surfers to ride the water pressure under visible waves, and to take swells which those waiting in line-ups on surface boards would not attempt.

The devices have underwater wings which provide lift and project the attached board and its rider away from the water’s surface.

They are becoming popular in windsurfing, kite surfing and stand-up paddling, but have also been fitted to sailing dinghies and racing yachts.

The hydrofoils not only greatly increase speed, but also allow enjoyment of the water when the wind is much less or the waves are not breaking.

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