The O Zone: Foiled
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By lifting a boat’s hull out of the water to reduce drag, hydrofoils boost everything from commuter ferries to Navy cruisersand now, in a human-powered first, kayaks. Norwegian designer Peter Ribe’s 17-foot FLYAK works so well that Ribe, a former racer who hadn’t competed at the sport’s top level in 15 years, recently crushed the 1,000-meter world record of 3:24 by 27 seconds. $2,000; www.foilkayak.com