The choice of material and equipment is essential to practice sup foil in the rules of art. It is important to choose your equipment according to your experience in paddling or foiling. There are also Sup foil boards that allow you to launch yourself into this discipline in complete serenity. To help you choose your board, wings, fuselage and mast, here are some practical tips.
To choose a sup foil board, you have to take into account the longitudinal stability. Indeed, it is essential to opt for a board that has great stability. For this, we recommend a board with + 25/30 liters compared to its weight. It must also slide perfectly to reduce energy loss. A long enough board will allow to answer this criterion of glide. There is no point in going for boards that are too small and too wide, which may push water in at the beginning and therefore have a later take-off. Unlike a windsurfing foil board, the box on a wing foil board is often a double US rail whereas in windfoil, we are more on deep tuttles boxes.
ALUMINIUM OR CARBON FOIL ?
Just like for wakefoil, windfoil or wing foil, the choice of foil is fundamental to guarantee the best sensations. Thus, it is essential to take into account the surface of the front wing and the height of the mast. To start with sup foil, a mast between 70 and 80 cm is ideal. As for the wing, the larger its surface, the more lift it generates to allow the practitioner to get up easily. As for the weight and materials of the foil, there are fiberglass, carbon and aluminum foils. Carbon foils are the lightest and ensure better performance.
The paddle is an important element when practicing Stand Up Paddle. It is also used to practice sup foil. To guarantee the best sensations and to facilitate the learning process, fiberglass/carbon paddles are the most popular. They allow you to easily absorb the efforts and bring the necessary strength to start on the wave. As for the aluminum paddles, they don’t have enough response to accelerate.