Departures and first tacks in wing foil
The wing foil is a practice which develops very quickly in the world of the water sports. And before sending 360 degrees, you have to go through the learning process! So we’re going to talk about the first steps in wing foil: starts and first tacks.
First of all, the beach start: how to get away from the edge and stand up on your board?
To get away from the shore, we recommend that you attach your board and wing leashes before going in the water. Then, turn the board over on the water to position the foil towards the sky. Use it to move forward and away from the shoreline while keeping your wing out of the way to prevent it from getting caught in the front wing or stabilizer.
Once the water reaches your belly, you can turn the board over and kneel on it. The ease with which you can stand up will depend on your board.
The larger it is, the more stable it is. On a board larger than 100 litres you can stand up straight and then move forward smoothly, like a stand up paddle. You will have more height with a wing high above the water.
If the board is less voluminous, start on your knees. Make sure you keep the wing high above your head so that it doesn’t drag in the water. As soon as you see the gust coming or feel the pull, lean the kite on the water, and give a push to raise the front leg and then the back leg.
Once you’re up, you need to master the wing. To keep the wing elevated, remember to keep your front hand above your back hand. The kite is curved and just wants to pivot on its boom, if you put your hand down it will turn down and throw you off balance.
If you feel that you are gaining too much speed and/or are off balance, release the back hand while keeping the front hand up.
To turn if you don’t fly completely, use the leading edge. Move your hands: the back hand takes the place of the front hand, and the front hand rests on the leading board. At this point, push the kite backwards to rotate the board and retrieve your kite and place it into the wind.