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You want to get into this watersport. Buying a complete wing foil package is the best way to reduce gear’s cost for learning, but you’re lost in the different full set options! What wing size? What board length? What about the foil? Inflatable or hardboard?
In this guide, we’ll give you some advice to buy the right wing foil package. Before we start, note that pump, wing bag, wrist and ankle leash are included in all the package.
At AFS, we offer two types of available wing foil packages.
The AFS Access package is ideal for getting started in wing foiling in all conditions. It consists of a Flyer hydrofoil, a thick and elongated front wing that provides stability and control for confident progression. The full carbon construction, made in France, ensures rigidity and reliability. The entire setup is lightweight – 3 kg for the complete foil – making it one of the lightest foils on the market, which will make it easier for you to get on the water. The boards in the Fly range have TOMO shapes. Rectangular in shape, they provide stability on the water, whether you’re kneeling or standing. Made with a PVC Glass sandwich construction, these boards are durable and long-lasting. For beginners, we recommend choosing a volume that is 10/20 liters higher than your weight to ensure buoyancy. The reputation of the WILF wing speaks for itself. It is a versatile, easy-to-use wing that allows you to practice in all conditions and disciplines.
Versatile and suitable for beginner to intermediate winger. Also constructed with full carbon, the Performer foil with a thinner wing profile allows for more performance. With a medium aspect ratio, these wings remain very easy to use and accessible. They are excellent at winging, but can also be used in surf foiling and other foiling sports such as SUP and dockstart. This package offers three sizes (1450, 1650, and 1900) depending on your weight and allows for future progression to upgrade into smaller wings in the same range. The full carbon foil consists of an 85 cm mast and a Performer fuselage, designed for improved glide. It is paired with the Performer RS 260 stabilizer to provide stability and control during flight. You can choose between the Fly and Fire foilboard range. The Fly is versatile and allows you to also practice SUP foiling thanks to its TOMO shape. The Fire is dedicated to 100% wing foiling with more agile shape and feeling. The pack includes our renowned WILF sail.
To make good progress, we recommend using a 5m2 wing for a weight between 70kg and 90kg. This size is the most versatile and allows you to navigate in a wide range of conditions. It provides sufficient power in winds ranging from 10 to 20-25 knots, while remaining easy to handle due to its reasonable wingspan.
For rider weighing over 90kg, we tend to recommend a 6m2 wing. More surface area provides more power. We do not recommend starting with larger wings as they can be more cumbersome. This can hinder takeoff and maneuvering.
For rider weighing less than 70kg, a 4m2 wing can work well in wind conditions ranging from 10 knots to 20-25 knots.
However, you will quickly realize that a single wing is not enough if you want to navigate in winds ranging from 10 to 45 knots. It is advisable to complement your wing with another size later on. We often recommend the following combinations: 6m2/4m2 | 5m2/3.4m2 | 4m2/2.8m2.
To tackle very light winds, you can also use wings specifically designed for this practice and longer boards that provide better glide. This allows for quicker takeoff speed
The longer the board, the better it glides. For beginners, we recommend starting with a relatively long board to experience flying as quickly as possible. Conversely, a shorter board allows for more radical turns, requires more technical and physical handling, and provides instant response. Very small boards need more technique to take off but are extremely responsive, offer high performance, and are easily transportable if they have reasonable volume and width. They are suitable for more advanced rider.
This refers to the outer curve of the wing board. Rectangular outline boards with wide tips are easier to balance and take off early. They are more compact, requiring less technique. In our range, this includes the Fire boards. Ovoid outline boards with thinner tips require a higher skill level for balance and takeoff but offer optimal responsiveness and control.
The width of the wing board determines its stability, buoyancy, and maneuverability. A wider board provides greater stability. The Fly boards are known for their width and stability
For beginners in wing foiling, it is important to choose a board with positive volume relative to your weight. Ideally, we recommend a volume that is 10 liters higher than your weight. Intermediate rider can opt for a volume roughly equivalent to their weight. Finally, experienced rider can choose boards with volumes below their weight. These boards will require more physical effort to take off.
There are currently two main types of construction:
The choice of the foil front wing surface area mainly depends on the profile and your size.
Thicker profile wings, such as our Flyer, naturally provide more lift than thinner profile wings, such as our Performer or Pure. Therefore, at the same surface area, wings from different brands will have different amounts of lift.
To guide you in choosing the exact wing size, please refer to our product sheets, which indicate the appropriate surface area based on your weight.
The mast is important when choosing your wing surfing equipment. It is the backbone of your foil! Three criteria should be considered: material, profile, and size. The ultimate material is definitly carbon : it’s lighter, it feels more efficient and is way easier to take care off, although they are often slightly more expensive.