Paige Alms, active water enthusiast, big wave surfer and foil frother. I was born in Victoria, BC, Canada and grew up on Maui since I was 9, where I live now.
A few years ago here on Maui, I was watching a few friends playing around with foils and it honestly looked so strange. I wasn’t like “Oh I can’t wait to try that”. But I love a challenge, I love new ways of being able to play in the ocean, and so, I gave it a try. The struggle was real in the beginning. My fiancé’ Sean and I had only a few little tips here and there, and were on way too small of foils. I almost gave up on it, but then something clicked. After winning the Jaws event in 2018, I only foiled, no surfing, for 5 weeks straight. Honestly been pretty addicted ever since. Lift Foils from the beginning!!
I think Nick had sent us some of his original kite/surf foils, I want to say they were 100’s or 150/170s.
I use the Surf v2 150 with the 34 tail almost exclusively for prone foiling with a 32 inch mast. For winging, if there’s waves I’m on the older 150 surf wing or the Surf V2 100 depending on how big it is, with a 36 mast. If no waves, I’m on the 120 High Aspect!
I think learning behind a ski (or an eFoil) has a huge advantage. You can skip days of torture by doing an hour with friends who are good at coaching. If you don’t have access to either, just going with friends who are willing to help give you pointers. Don’t give up!
I guess winning the Jaws event 3x…
Nick is awesome and the foils speak for themselves.
Using smaller and smaller foils.
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