Ever dream of flying 20 feet above the surface of a lake strapped to a modified airplane wing? Then hydrofoiling is your kind of sport. Al Lewin, 35, the leader of eight veteran foilers from Austin, Texas, who call themselves "The A Team," says hydrofoiling is water-skiing in three dimensions. You have to see it in action to understand it — and then trying it is something else entirely.
Although hydrofoiling is definitely extreme, it's also awesomely fun, as well as relatively safe. Accomplished foilers are airborne acrobats who perform or "throw" front flips, back flips, and exotic tricks with names like "KGB," "CIA," and "Ball and Chain." The best way for a novice to appreciate hydrofoiling's unique thrills and spills is by trying it, as I did on a recent trip to Lake Austin in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.
Al started my first lesson by strapping me onto the so-called foil, a contraption that combines elements of old-school water-skiing with high-tech engineering. Foils rangeRead More »from Hydrofoiling anyone? It’s 3D water-skiing