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Silicon Valley flocks to hydrofoiling

Suddenly, the tech world is participating in a sport most of the country has never seen

Erika Heineken rides her board in San Francisco on Aug 10. Using technology developed for high-end boats, San Francisco Bay craftsmen and technologists have become pioneers in a sport that flies above the waves.

San Francisco

WHAT happens in the San Francisco Bay every Thursday night does not look real or even possible, and it certainly does not look safe.

Dozens of people skim across the waters at speeds of up to 40 mph, kites far ahead and their boards floating two feet above the chop of...