Boogie foiling: exciting, yet extremely dangerous

It opens a lot of possibilities, but it can be extremely dangerous, too. Here's how boogie foiling looks like when performed by someone who's become an expert.

Meet Thor Seraphin, the world's best boogie foiler. He's faster than any other bodyboarder, and never misses a section. Why? Because his hydrofoil cuts through water like butter.

He wasn't the first. The first attempts were made in somewhere in the 1980s. In April 2017, Hawaiian waterman Kai Lenny rode what could be considered a modern version of the foil boogie board. But Seraphin took the discipline to a whole new level.

"I'm taking boogie foil and prone foil back for the dragger. Can't stop, won't stop. It looks ridiculous and feels amazing," said the TV producer and boogie foil enthusiast.

Watch how bottom-turning and carving become as easy as sipping coffee, and how quickly he reaches areas of the wave that were not accessible before by a bodyboard.

Feeling excited about boogie foiling? Forget it. It is actually extremely unsafe to ride foils in the surf zone. The structure cuts like a blade and is a high risk to swimmers and other wave riders.

In fact, foiling has already been banned from the beaches of Anglet, in France. If you want to give hydrofoils a try, ride a kite or a windsurfer in the open ocean, far away from potential victims.

Dimitri Maramenides, the founder and owner of Epic Kites, rode his kite a few hours before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the United States.

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