I got the foil bug and have started windsurf foiling. I began researching it last spring. One of the things I was looking for was a foil that could go with one of my existing boards so I wouldn't have to invest in yet another board (at least not yet) just for foiling. I discovered that LP Foils made one specifically for windsurfing for Tuttle and Deep Tuttle fin boxes (I already have two boards with Tuttle fin boxes)....and...they are based right here in the good ole USA, across the Columbia River from the town of Hood River in the town of Bingen, WA. So back in July while visiting Hood River, Rob and I stopped by the LP Foils shop. We met Peter, he showed us around the shop, we talked foils, he showed us his product, and answered all our questions.
I already have two boards that have regular Tuttle fin boxes. One is the AHD Free Diamond 77 (145lt). I've had this board for over 15 years and it still rocks as a great light wind board. My other Tuttle fin box board is the Starboard Kode 112 lt board. I placed an order soon after our visit and received my foil fairly quickly. I got the 35" mast based on Peter's recommendation (and another windsurf foiler I talked to).
So I took the foil out for its maiden voyage in early September. It was a North wind and it was either 5 or 15mph....pretty challenging conditions for Lake Norman. I put the foil on my AHD 77 (145lt) and rigged a 6.5 sail (camless freestyle/freeride oriented sail that has a lot of power). I took the foot straps off so I could have room to move my feet around (this was really helpful as I did do a lot of foot movement). I was careful to launch in deep water and making sure I didn't get too close to any shallow points on the lake. And tried to remember to fall away from the board so the foil wouldn't hit me.
Dwight & Jacky of SUP Surf Machines started windsurf foiling earlier this year and provided some great advice, including starting out without the foot straps. Check out their blog for pics, videos, & posts (and Dwight is shaping foil boards too).
Andy at Wind-NC is selling a few different windsurf foils, now including the LP Foil.
Short video clip of me foiling on Lake Norman...