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Flying above the surf

Surfer Chuck Patterson rides his foil board on a morning swell off the coast of Del Mar, California. Harnessing the "foiling" technology more typically seen on racing catamarans in sailing's America's Cup, the surfboards appear to fly above the water thanks to a fin attached to the bottom of the board. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Chuck Patterson rides his foil board on a morning swell off the coast of Del Mar, California. Harnessing the "foiling" technology more typically seen on racing catamarans in sailing's America's Cup, the surfboards appear to fly above the water...more

Surfer Chuck Patterson rides his foil board on a morning swell off the coast of Del Mar, California. Harnessing the "foiling" technology more typically seen on racing catamarans in sailing's America's Cup, the surfboards appear to fly above the water thanks to a fin attached to the bottom of the board. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfers carry their foil boards down to the beach before riding the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California.  The foil is like a wing that extends into the water under the surfboard. Acting much like a wing of plane, it causes the board to lift out of the water as it gains speed, propelled by an ocean swell.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfers carry their foil boards down to the beach before riding the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. The foil is like a wing that extends into the water under the surfboard. Acting much like a wing of plane, it causes the board to...more

Surfers carry their foil boards down to the beach before riding the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. The foil is like a wing that extends into the water under the surfboard. Acting much like a wing of plane, it causes the board to lift out of the water as it gains speed, propelled by an ocean swell. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A surfer walks past Gary Clisby as he returns to the beach after riding his foil board in the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. Since there is less drag because of reduced contact with water, surfers on hydrofoil boards can ride any wave at high speed, even one a surfer on a traditional board would pass up as too small. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A surfer walks past Gary Clisby as he returns to the beach after riding his foil board in the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. Since there is less drag because of reduced contact with water, surfers on hydrofoil boards can ride any...more

A surfer walks past Gary Clisby as he returns to the beach after riding his foil board in the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. Since there is less drag because of reduced contact with water, surfers on hydrofoil boards can ride any wave at high speed, even one a surfer on a traditional board would pass up as too small. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfers Chuck Patterson and Gary Clisby ride their foil boards on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. Increased speed, combined with the foil's sharp metal blade, have led to the sport gaining a reputation as dangerous.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfers Chuck Patterson and Gary Clisby ride their foil boards on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. Increased speed, combined with the foil's sharp metal blade, have led to the sport gaining a reputation as dangerous. ...more

Surfers Chuck Patterson and Gary Clisby ride their foil boards on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. Increased speed, combined with the foil's sharp metal blade, have led to the sport gaining a reputation as dangerous. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfer Gary Clisby carries his homemade foilboard to the beach in Del Mar, California. The foils, which are specifically designed for surfing, sell for around $1,000, with specially made surfboards adding another $600-800.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Gary Clisby carries his homemade foilboard to the beach in Del Mar, California. The foils, which are specifically designed for surfing, sell for around $1,000, with specially made surfboards adding another $600-800. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Gary Clisby carries his homemade foilboard to the beach in Del Mar, California. The foils, which are specifically designed for surfing, sell for around $1,000, with specially made surfboards adding another $600-800. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfer Brian Szymanski rides his foil board on a wave off the coast of Solana Beach, California.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Brian Szymanski rides his foil board on a wave off the coast of Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Brian Szymanski rides his foil board on a wave off the coast of Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Tim Foreman, Gary Clisby and Jon Foreman carry their foilboards into the ocean as they head out to rind the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Tim Foreman, Gary Clisby and Jon Foreman carry their foilboards into the ocean as they head out to rind the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Tim Foreman, Gary Clisby and Jon Foreman carry their foilboards into the ocean as they head out to rind the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfers Chuck Patterson and Brian Szymanski ride their foilboards on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfers Chuck Patterson and Brian Szymanski ride their foilboards on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfers Chuck Patterson and Brian Szymanski ride their foilboards on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfers Gary Clisby, Jon Foreman and Tim Foreman make their way into the waves with their foil boards in Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfers Gary Clisby, Jon Foreman and Tim Foreman make their way into the waves with their foil boards in Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfers Gary Clisby, Jon Foreman and Tim Foreman make their way into the waves with their foil boards in Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk tries foilboarding for the first time as he catches a swell off the coast of Carlsbad, California.   REUTERS/Mike Blake

Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk tries foilboarding for the first time as he catches a swell off the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk tries foilboarding for the first time as he catches a swell off the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfer Tim Foreman ducks under a wave with his foil board while in the waters off Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Tim Foreman ducks under a wave with his foil board while in the waters off Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Tim Foreman ducks under a wave with his foil board while in the waters off Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfer Gary Clisby rides his foil board on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Gary Clisby rides his foil board on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Gary Clisby rides his foil board on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfer Brian Szymanski comes off his foil board while rising the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Brian Szymanski comes off his foil board while rising the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Brian Szymanski comes off his foil board while rising the swells off the coast of Solana Beach, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Jon Foreman looks over some foil boards with Chuck Patterson and Brian Szymanski after riding the swells off the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Jon Foreman looks over some foil boards with Chuck Patterson and Brian Szymanski after riding the swells off the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Jon Foreman looks over some foil boards with Chuck Patterson and Brian Szymanski after riding the swells off the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfers Jon Foreman and Gary Clisby pass each other as they ride their foil boards on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfers Jon Foreman and Gary Clisby pass each other as they ride their foil boards on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfers Jon Foreman and Gary Clisby pass each other as they ride their foil boards on a morning swell of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfer Brian Szymanski rides his foil board off the back of the wave of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Brian Szymanski rides his foil board off the back of the wave of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Brian Szymanski rides his foil board off the back of the wave of the coast of Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Surfer Gary Clisby rides a foil board on a swell off the coast of Del Mar, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Gary Clisby rides a foil board on a swell off the coast of Del Mar, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Surfer Gary Clisby rides a foil board on a swell off the coast of Del Mar, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk leaves the water after trying foil boarding for the first time in Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk leaves the water after trying foil boarding for the first time in Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk leaves the water after trying foil boarding for the first time in Carlsbad, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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