#01: TREVE JONES

#01: TREVE JONES

Wing designs have been thrown around as an idea for over a decade, but until the efficiency of the hydrofoil was designed for use with a surfboard, they could only pull you downwind. Newly energised by the sudden surge in availability and appeal of highly adaptable foil equipment, we’re seeing a new breed of watermen and women emerge: wingers! Photographer Tom Servais introduces us to one full convert. Fittingly, a man in a mask!

Treve Jones is 58 years old and a short day on the water for him is between four and six hours. I’ve seen him out there for literally up to ten hours. I said to him one day, “How long did you sail today?” “I don’t know, but I went out just before 11am” he replied. I said, “It’s almost 8pm – that’s like nine hours!” He goes, “Well, I came in to change wings and have a sandwich for about half-an-hour.”

He lives north of Los Angeles, where the water is usually in the mid-low 50s. To allow all the water time he wears a 5mm wetsuit, heavy dive boots, a hood and goggles. He’s very good at windsurfing, kiteboarding, kite foiling and now wing foiling.

Treve is also a good surfer and worked at Mammoth Mountain on ski patrol in earlier days. The guy does it all. Semi-retired now, he worked as a nurse in a state hospital for 20 years and for the last few years could be found at Punta San Carlos down in Mexico, pitching in on various projects and helping guests get the most enjoyment from whatever sport was going on that day. He’s also a certified yoga instructor. Then Covid-19 hit and he headed home. Treve is one of a tribe. Welcome to Wing Surf World issue #01 – turn the page, join us on a new adventure and let us fuel your desire to learn more about this absorbing new sport!

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