Foils Boil Water At High Speed, Tahiti’s Rights Are Underrated - Stab Mag

Foils Boil Water At High Speed, Tahiti’s Rights Are Underrated

Learnings from the season finale of Life of Kai. 

cinema // Aug 27, 2023
Words by Ethan Davis
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Kai Lenny is one of many surfers from Maui helping lead the rescue and recovery efforts from the devastating Maui fires. So far the death toll sits at 115 according to the New York Times, though many more are still missing. 

Similar to how Mikey Wright, Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning, Toby Cregan and others took it upon themselves to launch their skis and tinnies to pluck strangers from the water during the deadly Northern Rivers floods, so too have many of Maui’s most esteemed surfers: Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Tanner Hendrickson (to name only a few) – turned their skill sets to help those in need.

Overwhelmingly, it has been ordinary everyday heroes making the difference – here’s how you can help them help themselves best.

The final episode of Life of Kai goes to Tahiti for that overhyped and overpopulated tow swell right before the town was hit by flash flooding and dragged cars out to sea. No shortage of natural disasters recently fuelled by ongoing planetary abuses.

Forecast: Tomorrow looks worse. 

Two interesting takeaways here: 1. The challenge of building big wave foils is dealing with the resistance experienced at high speeds that boils water and creates lift (nerdy), 2.) These overhyped swells (Sorry Surfline but that ‘Incoming’ property needs to go) are clogging lineups and destroying sessions for everyone.

Here are a few places you can donate to Maui relief:


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