What volume of board?
The choice of the board is essential for an easy start in wing foil. Generally, the boards used for wing foil are paddle or surf foil boards. However, there are a few boards specific to wingfoil. To choose the right board, it is important to take into account several factors, namely your riding program, your weight and your level of wing foil.
The choice of your wing foil board will largely depend on your weight. If you practice wing surfing or sup, it is quite possible to choose the same volume for your wing foil board. Indeed, the ideal volume of a board for a person weighing between 50 and 70 kg is between 70 and 95 litres. It often takes +20/30 liters in relation to its weight to know the volume of your ideal wing foil board when you want to start.
Which foil to start wing foiling ?
Just as for the practice of wakefoil, windfoil or sup foil, the choice of the 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 out in wing foil, a mast around 80 cm is ideal. the larger the surface area of the front wing, the more lift it generates to allow the rider to get up easily. As for the weight and materials of the foil, there are fibreglass, carbon and aluminium foils. Carbon foils are the lightest and provide better performance. The length of the fuselage in wing foil also has an importance according to the practice which one wishes. Learn more about the choice of the complete foil wing. In comparison to our AFS range, here is a comparison of the wing foils.
What size wing?
The choice of the wing size will depend mainly on the range of use you are aiming for. In a wind range of 10 to 20 knots, for a 70-85kg weight, we recommend a 5m. For a size lower than 70kg, rather 4m and finally for a size higher than 85kg rather 6m. In any case, it is better to increase the front wing area of the foil than to increase the size of your wing for lightwind for example.
How to learn wing foil ?
To begin with, it is easier to get a good breeze, especially between 13 and 20 knots. This provides the force necessary to lift the board and get it out of the water easily. Afterwards you can decrease the low range and increase the high range! Be careful, because a small breeze also means a small chop that settles in 🙂 The wing foil is ideally practiced in seas that are not very agitated. During the first trials, sailing on a fairly flat water surface will prevent you from losing your balance. Starting with spot with good conditions will make learning much more enjoyable.
DO YOU NEED A HARNESS TO SAIL A WING FOIL?
To begin with, we don't necessarily recommend it. It will be useful to have more freedom in its movements and in its navigation. A harness will also provide some kind of assistance, on demand, on long edges in freeride for example. It will also stabilize the wing once it is hooked up and therefore allow for better performance when going upwind (less energy lost).
It should be noted that today, several types of boxes exist to attach your foil to your board: solid box, tuttle, deep tuttle, double us rails,... However, double us rails are used for 99% of the wingfoil practice. The latter allows you to adjust the position of your foil in an optimal way . The more you place your foil on the front of the board, the more power it will offer. This configuration is ideal for larger sailors or for lighter wind ranges. Conversely, the further a foil is aft, the more the lift is reduced. If the foil is ejecting and forces you to press too hard on the front leg (lighter weight, high speed, stronger wind...) for example, you have to move the foil back in the rails to get more control by reducing its power.
The wing foil equipment includes: the foil, the board and the wing. After observing the water, preparing your board, getting equipped, inflating your wing and attaching the leashes (board and wing), you can finally go in the water! But for that, you have to carry all your wing foil equipment to the water in an efficient way to avoid letting the wing fly away or the board drift...
How to start on the water?
To start with the wing foil, the start is the hardest. However, with the right techniques and a few sessions, the start will be easy. Just like kitefoil or windfoil practice at the beginning, it is essential to have excellent support at the beginning thanks to a voluminous board. the wing will be used to gain speed. Here are some practical tips to help you get started:
- get in the water with the wing and the hydrofoil then get on your knees and stay in the middle of the board
- start moving with the wing out of the water
- lift the leg and seek stability by holding the wing up. you must at this time in position "slot". Push with your back leg to stand up with one leg in the middle of the board and the other in the back
To gain speed, feel free to pump with your wing to start flying. You can then refine your technique so that your movements are more efficient and less tiring!
The wing foil jibe allows you to turn downwind and is done in several steps:
- check if there is room for jiber
- start leaning on the toes with the wing high enough
- once under the wind, we let go of the wing to take it back on the other side
The wing foil pumping allows you to accelerate the flight of your board when you are in archimedean or to maintain the flight without generating force (wave, wing,...).
Try to be light, let the foil go up and down, it will accelerate by itself. you have to give an impulse on the back leg to make the board pitch up and put weight on the front leg to bring lift to the foil. for skateboarders, the movement is very similar to the "ollie" or single jump.