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Foil surfing

Want to fly over the wave, this page is your resource center for surfing foils.

The surf foil is a discipline that has recently arrived on our beaches. Laird Hamilton, although new, has been foil surfing for a while. In addition to providing additional sensations to surfing, this discipline opens the door to new spots not practicable in surfing and especially to new conditions.

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GUIDE

Choice of surf foil equipment

Finding your way around the various wing foil pack options is never easy - here are some tips

How it works
a foil surf ?

The process is similar to that of airplane or bird wings. The more you lean on your back foot, the more the wing will tilt up, creating more lift. In the opposite direction, the more you press on your front foot, the more the kite will dive underwater. Finding your balance is the key to controlling the foil board.

How
choose your board ?

There are different sizes of boards depending on the disciplines and levels of the surf foil riders. To ensure excellent stability when starting out, it is advisable to opt for a board with volume and which is long to facilitate the glide. This will allow you to keep a good stability and reduce support errors. You can opt for a less dense board depending on your progress. It should be noted that 4 characteristics are to be taken into account: length, width, volume and shape. The longer a board is going to be, the more it will slide on the water in archimedean. It will therefore be easier to catch waves. In our range, this is the Fly 4'8 or 5'8 for example. However, a shorter board will be more radical once in flight. A wide board will provide stability for standing on the board - however, this width can be problematic when you are turning by hitting the water surface faster. Finally, just like surfboards, there are different shapes: rocker, concave,... However, this is where we get into more advanced board selection.

The foil consists of three parts: the front wing, the stabilizer and the TBAR including fuselage and mast.

The front wing

There are two main types of wings: low-aspect and high-aspect. The low-aspect (Carver in our range), are going to be very forgiving wings, with a thick enough leading edge to fly at low speed. They will really be oriented to learn foil surfing or surfing "soft" waves. On the other hand, the high-aspect kites (Flyer and Performer) in our range will be more technical but will allow you to go for slightly more powerful waves. Indeed, the Performer has for example a thinner profile than the Carver which will allow to gain in speed.

The mast

The size of the mast will mainly depend on the depth of the water. To surf a shore break, rather small mast. On the other hand, for surfing an offshore swell, a large mast can be very suitable.

The fuselage

The fuselage will bring maneuverability or stability. The shorter the fuselage, the closer you can get to your supporting planes (front wing and stabilizer) and therefore the more maneuverability you gain. In this case, we will look for a nervous and dynamic practice. On the contrary, the longer the fuselage, the further away the load-bearing planes are and the more stable you will be at high speeds (ideal for surfing big waves where you are mainly trying to control your straight trajectory rather than carving in the wave).

The stabilizer

Finally, the stabilizer will allow you to fine-tune the front wing. A small stab will bring dynamism to your practice. An extended stab will provide stability and support.

Advice
foil surf

You are equipped, the conditions look promising for this weekend or during the week for the luckiest ones, how to choose your spot, how to catch your first wave, we explain you everything.

Why do we
start surfing foil ?

Surfing foil is a practice that often makes you dream and yet is accessible! No more catching two minutes of waves in a two-hour session like in traditional surfing. The foil surfing will allow you to ride waves and especially to go ride in conditions where you would usually never go in the water. We go into detail about the advantages of surf foil in this article.

On which spot to surf foil ?

It's true that at the beginning, it's not easy as a surfer in any case, to recognize good waves for foiling. Basically, it's the opposite of surfing, the smaller the wave, the softer it is, the better it is to start. Ideally, you can start behind a boat. There is not the wave to manage but simply the control of the foil to take into account. Lost In The Swell tell you more about choosing the perfect surf foil spot.

How to get started
in surf foil ?

For the take-off in surf foil, we tend to use the reflexes of the wave catching in surfing, i.e. to put the board back on the wrong side. Unfortunately this does not work in foil surfing. What we advise you to do is to concentrate on the take-off with a wave catch facing the beach and perpendicular to the wave. The foil will then try to take off like an airplane wing. When you are going to do your take-off, to straighten up you will have to stand up with your front foot, maybe even exaggerate putting it further forward than usual. Not to have the usual surfer's stance and on the contrary, perhaps, for the beginnings, to have the front foot much more spread out than normal to really tackle the foil, to make it take off, to make it reposition itself and to play like that.

Tuto
surf foil

With your suit on, are you ready to get wet and take some bowls?

How to pumper in
surf foil ?

The pumping foil consists in flying on a board equipped with a hydrofoil only with the force of the legs. The pumping foil is practiced on flat water (starting from a pontoon or being launched by a cable) or in surf-foil (as a transition between 2 waves). In any case, it is a very demanding technical exercise at the cardiovascular level. With pumping, you have to make sure that the flows, that the glide is optimized. It is thus necessary to carry out the movement well even if it means going slower, rather than seeking speed by carrying out a bad pumping.

How to carve?

Once you're off to a good start, you've got your toes in the right place, your arms, your eyes, you can start trying to turn. It's like surfing but you can't make mistakes, you have to really apply yourself. As usual, it starts from the head, we send the head towards where we want to go, the arms, we open the top of the body and the rest is going to follow all smoothly. You must not accentuate the gesture too much, otherwise you run the risk of falling on the foil. That's it, you've carved it!

How to make a
dock starting in foil surfing ?

The "dock start" or "pumping" consists in launching oneself in a foil, not with the help of a wave or the wind, but from a platform (rock, pontoon, etc.) and, in a movement of coordination and lightening, pumping with one's legs to advance. It is no longer enough to simply maintain inertia but to create it. It is therefore necessary to concentrate on placing the back foot correctly, to place the front foot well in front, to go up straight on the board and not already bent while anticipating its lightening which must be done very early. Don't forget to look ahead!

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