PIKE ROAD, Ala. (WSFA) – Will Pollard loves the water. When it comes to hobbies, this Marine pilot found the perfect fit.
“This is the 10-meter kite that I would use for kite hydro-foiling where the kite would pull me while attached to a harness,” said Pollard. “The Duotone wing foil, if there were winds at 12-15 knots, this is a great thing to use, much like windsurfing.”
On days when there’s no wind at all, e-Foiling, it’s like riding an electric surfboard.
“There’s a little motor, but it’s pretty quiet. You have a carbon fiberboard with a compartment and a battery that’s removable.”
When he’s not in the water, Pollard is in the air. He’s a pilot in the US Marine Corps.
“I’ve flown about 1,500 hours in the Harrier, a few deployments. This is what I do in my free time. I don’t own a Rolls Royce or carbon-fiber plane, but this gets close to it.”
There’s just something about slicing through the water, much like a pilot cuts through the air, that always gets Pollard smiling.
“I just enjoy number one, being outside, and using the wind when possible. It’s a natural power and it’s quiet. You’re just sailing out there. It’s a lot like sailing, surfing and flying.”
Whether it’s a wind-powered kite or an electric-powered ride, Pollard is always cruising for a good time in Pike Road, out along County Road 12. If you’re ever in the Waters Neighborhood on a breezy day, you may see Pollard zipping right on by.