Finn & Jeffrey Spencer
How would you describe your childhood, being brought up on Maui with the possibility to get into the ocean every day?
Growing up on Maui, it was inevitable that we would start spending time in the ocean. It started out with just playing in the shore break at our local beach and then progressed to surfing, stand-up paddling, and eventually foiling.
You already started Wing Foiling four years ago, when the sport was still in its beginning. How did you get into it and when did you get hooked?
We started by riding with a wing downwind and the feeling was super fun and unique. We enjoyed winging the first time we went but once we started jumping and riding waves we were hooked.
As up-and-coming watermen, you are riding all foil variations from Prone, SUP and Pump Foiling - and even have surfed waves at Jaws. What is the new dimension Wing Foiling has added to your time on the water?
Wing Foiling has allowed us to spend much more time on the water on windy days, which on Maui is about 90% of the time. There are so many fun waves up and down the coast and the wing makes it possible to ride to almost anywhere you want to.
Jeffrey, in August 2020 you were the first to land a backflip Wing Foiling. How did you get there and what has changed for you due to this coup?
After trying backflips while Surf Foiling, I wanted to try something similar with the wing. After my first session I was able to flip over the wing and I was close enough that I knew it was possible. The next day I continued trying and was able to figure it out! After landing the backflip I was more comfortable trying new moves in the future.
What are your favorite Wing Foiling conditions and what is your gear set-up of choice for them?
Our favorite Wing Foiling conditions are 20-30 knots and overhead waves. The go to setup for those conditions is the 3.0 Unit or 3.0 Slick SLS along with the 4’4” Sky Surf TE and the Aero Carve 750.
Hydro Foiling is very technical! Consequently, you will get involved into the R&D work for Duotone and Fanatic. What can we expect from your analysis and expertise?
Hydro Foiling is still a very new sport so there is still so much to learn and improve on. It is amazing how much equipment has progressed in the past few years. Testing and improving products is one of our favorite parts of foiling and there is still so much potential in the future.
You are both associated together as the Spencer Boys. How do you push or support each other?
It has been great having two of us because whatever we’re doing there is always someone there to help out, whether it’s sharing tips when learning a new trick or trying to film each other, everything has been easier.
Do you mostly go on the water together or who are your best riding buddies?
We almost always ride together and we also ride a lot with our friend Annie Reickert.