How to find the right wing foil position?

If you are new to wing foiling, you know that finding the right position on your board to take off can be complicated. We give you some tips to succeed quickly.

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Place your feet

To trigger the launch of the foil, the placement of the feet is important. If you put your feet on the front of your board you will not fly because the weight is not distributed properly. However, this technique can be interesting when you want to return to the board or when you are overpowered in a strong wind.

To take off, you will have to move your back foot back and look for the framing sensation. At this point, you will have to shift your weight back to the front so that the board is horizontal. If you are a beginner in foiling, try to do “touch and go”: take off and put back the board on the water several times for a few meters. This technique allows you to learn how to regulate the flight.

The importance of the look

Stabilizing your position also requires you to use your eyes. By fixing a point in the distance you will stabilize your position a little more. Avoid looking at your feet, always look at where you want to go.

Wing pumping

Then, when you start to master your board and your wing, you can try to provoke the flight. For that, it is what we call pumping, we will really try to lighten with the front leg, to press with the back leg to really provoke this movement of pitching up and immediately reverse the movement. By accelerating this process you will get a pumping that will allow you to take off.

The pumping will allow you to take off in light airs but it also allows you to control the take off and the flight height.

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