Rewind 30 years, and windsurfers were foiling!
Back in the 1980’s, sailing hardware company Harken was turning its attention to the windsurfers, which were back then, actual windsurfers. You know, huge white boards, Dacron sails with a couple of 1/3rd length battens in the trailing edge? Windsurfers! There were even a few attempts before then with the traditional V foils in the 70's. They worked, long enough to snap a picture anyway! Even those old dinosaurs were getting up on foils, so why is it just catching on now?
Now, foils are mounted in traditional deep Tuttle fin boxes, with both the main wing and stabilizer mounted on a fuselage (just like the kite foils). Stability is great, speeds are mind-blowingly fast, and a windsurfer of average skill can get up and foiling in just a few hours of practice.
Check out how it used to be though, when hydrofoils were for futurists and riding one was considered a serious achievement…