I ran into the Boyd family on their family #boydlife vacation. Ian Boyd needs no introduction to windsurfing – a freestyle and wavesailing legend from windsurfing’s heyday. They had an entire week long vacation planned but what they weren’t really planning for was Max and Syd wanting and getting to windsurf everyday when they were in Whistler. The wind and water at Alta Lake is perfect for kids learning to windsurf. The wind is light, the water is warm, the lake is flat and with very little consequence if you get stranded. Max was out, back and forth, and living the good life. As he would say it, “LYYYFEEE is good!”. I had a lot of fun cruising around with them on the lake. I would get on my foil and blast around and try and coach them around into jibing and tacking and all sorts of fun stuff.
Finally, after I got a little better at the foiling I was like, “Ok Max, let’s give it a try. Lets go tandem on the foil.” Well, while Max weighs in at 70 pounds and I am around 185, my initial thought was there is pretty much no way that we will be planing around on a 7.5 in 7 to 10 knots, but who knows the foil had impressed me up to this point. My other thought was, who in their right mind would take their kid out on a foil board with a 100 cm long dagger sticking into the water with two winglets off the bottom of it…pretty much no one. Well, Ian’s wife had already left and Max was super pumped on it, so I was like “not my kid, let’s give it a try!” Sure enough we got the foil up and planing around and Max was like “OOOOOHHHHH, we are FLYYYINGGG!!!”. It was pretty fun and to have 255 pounds flying around in 10 knots was totally incredible. Too bad Ian didn’t get “the shot”, but oh well, we had a great time nonetheless.