PRO WAKEBOARDER GUENTHER OKA SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE FOILING IN THE SURF WITH BRIAN FINCH
If you foil, then you know the social media account Foil the World. It was the first account I ever saw post progressive clips and really put a pinpoint on where the foil scene was heading. The account even reached into our community of wakeboarders and lake goers which is where my background stems from. Being a professional wakeboarder, I live on a lake and spend a lot of time out training on our wakeboard boats but foiling has become this other watersport addiction in my life. Thankfully I have the resources to fuel that addiction.
Once we pulled up the anxious thoughts vanished, and it was just like any other session. Brian and I were talking shop and I could feel his energy and enthusiasm towards the new Halcyon foils. We got in the water, and I could see where Brian’s background comes from with his Hawaiian surf style and flow. His knowledge and experience showed while foiling in a brand-new spot. He made effortless, fluid, and drawn out turns that pushed the Halcyon 810 to new limits. As someone who is always trying to hone and sharpen their skills, I was taking notes the entire time. As much as I was frothing, I did feel an urge to prove myself and show what I’ve been working on over the past couple of winters. The goal was to catch lots of waves, get as critical as possible in the lip, and power through the turns. I wanted to match Brian’s grace and flow and keep things tight for the photos.
Between waves it was fun to talk with Brian about Freedom and the trajectory the brand is on. From starting out with high quality prone boards and now evolving as a key player with their foils and wings, Freedom has been killing it! It’s great to have a guy like Brian help lead the product design and development that keeps the standard high for the brand. I’m stoked because this means that I get to ride really high-quality gear and play a small roll in evolving it. This is the first of many shoots and now it’s time to get Brian to the lake to help tune in his boat skills and let “Two Worlds Collide”.