Has everything already been figured out? Has sailboat designs reached a pinnacle? Is there nothing left to improve? Is there nothing let to learn?
In a previous post I talked about "The Stoke" ... What does it mean to feel stoked?
The Stoke is a natural high you get when you perform certain wind and water sports. While the stoke has typically been associated with Surfing I have seen a similar effect overcome sailors and kiteboarders. When you do these sports, when you are in harmony with the natural energies of wind and water, you begin to feel this euphoric high. Nothing else compares with it. All natural. Naturally pure. The Hawaiians call it the spirit of "Aloha". In Costa Rica it is called "Pura Vida". Surfers call it "being stoked". I call it being in harmony with the universe and feeding your soul.
Hyrdofoils are another technology that is transforming wind and water sports. Basically the hydro foil acts like an underwater wing to lift the hull or main body of the sailboat, surfboard, kiteboard etc.. out of the water. The foil therefore provides lift as well as lateral resistance similar to a keel or centreboard. But the real benefit is speed.
The Barrel. This is the term given to the inner part of a tube that is formed when a wave breaks. There is something special about this moment in place and time. A harmony. A balance between peace and chaos. At the centre of this vortex you feel at one with all of creation.
For as long as I can remember I've always loved designing things. Whether it was building new spaceships and submarines using Lego or sketching solar cars when I should have been taking notes in class. I've always believed things could be done better. No detail and no nuance was too small. The things I used to imagine while lying in bed at night waiting for sleep to come were how I would design the bridge of the enterprise for optimal efficiency. Does this sound like you?
Have you ever wondered about the history of sailing? Sailing dates back thousands, if not tens of thousands of years. We may never know how sailing was developed, but kiteboarding is a different story.