“It may look like I’m retarded pushing all this moves on the foil, but you need to understand I’m dreaming and visualizing all those moves before sending them and hope to be lucky.”
Continentseven: Are you not scared to get injured?
Balz Müller: Sure I got nightmares thinking about what could happen. It may look like I’m retarded pushing all this moves on the foil, but you need to understand I’m dreaming and visualizing all those moves before sending them and hope to be lucky. If you’re 100% focused and don’t forget with what your playing with it’s not that dangerous. I mean a normal fin is also damn sharp. Need too add all my cuts yet happened getting in or out the water -waterstarting and not while trying Foilshifty etc.. and I’m more scared to get washed with my foil in the shorebreak of Sylt than trying a foil double Forward.
Continentseven: How expensive is your new hobby?
Balz Müller: Sadly it is still a super expensive accessory, but I tell you all the money I invested into foiling was it worth since my first „flightseconds“.
Continentseven: But you still don’t have a foil sponsore, yet?
Balz Müller: Currently I have no foil sponsor! Last year I spent as much money into windsurfing as never before, buying all those carbon hydroplanes. But I’m working full-time as a landscaper and saving up money living low budget to get on the water as much as possible – to my freedom place where I forget about all troubles and money!
Continentseven: You shape your own boards, right?
Balz Müller: I’m lucky to realize all my board dreams with the great support of the MB Board team and of course the high standard board production of Flikka where we produce. So it happened with the Pegasus, my latest wind foiling board!
Continentseven: Please give us some infos about your freestyle foil setup?
Balz Müller: I’m using the Lokefoil envol17. It’s one of the most stable foils I ever rode. Of course I broke quite some masts and wings so I’m more surprised how much my Lokefoil is performing! Honestly I think all those pearl-divers should start searching for foils, haha. With MB we produced the Pegasus wich is a pure foilboard with a base position around 15cm further back than on a normal windsurfing board! That brings all the weight more back on the wings and produces more lift! That’s one of the most important tips I can send out to all the foil community! Put your sail and straps as far back as possible as it’s easier to control a foil which is always on the lift (and you need to push it down) instead of leaning back and push it up with your back leg.
Further I want to say you don’t need a race foil under a 75cm freeraceboard and 9m2 sail to get foiling in 15kn. I love using my normal freestyleboard with center straps to fly on (we also produce the 98l with deep tuttle box now). And as long as you don’t wanna reach an upwind racemark there is no reason to use a big race sail! I would rather (even) say I get up flying earlier on my super light 4.8m than with a heavy „unpumpable“ racing sail! So get a freewave 100l board, which you can use for normal sailing as well and use your normal 4.7-5.6 freestyle/wave sails. You will be blasting around on a foil in the lightest breeze!