Naish Malolo: Kai Lenny enjoys the magical SUP foil board

Many thought it was a hoax. But it isn't. And Kai Lenny says it is the future of stand up paddleboarding (SUP).

Meet Naish Malolo, a SUP hydrofoil designed by Alex Aguera (Go Foils). What you'll see is a crossover between a stand up paddleboard, and a foiling system used in windsurfing and kiteboarding. If you had to nickname it, then it has to be the "Flying Downwinder."

"The first time I stepped up on the foil and did a downwinder I instantly saw a glimpse of the future. It was more fun that it was work and, for me, that was something I chased in any sport," says Kai Lenny.

Foils are quietly entering the world of water sports. The initial tests were made in wind-powered sports - like windsurfing and kiteboarding - but this is the first eye-catching attempt in a standard board.

Basically, all you need to do is to take a few paddle strokes and find a good glide. The foiling system will do the rest.

The technology is not new; French boardsports company AHD had already tested a stand up paddle foil board. But Aguera's design is surely different and promises to add speed and performance to the whole concept, especially in downwind conditions.

"It truly felt like I was just standing there and walking on water, but going 20 miles per hour. I have never gone that fast downwind in my life," adds Lenny.

Naish is a watersports brand operating in the surfing, SUP, windsurfing and kiteboarding segments. Go Foils is already accepting orders for the SUP hydrofoil for downwinders.

Frances Osorio Rivera is just another kiteboarder. The only noticeable difference is that she rides the winds of her favorite spots with one only one leg.

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