Hydrofoil Or Foil Surfing For Beginners
How do I start foil surfing?
Learn how to safely launch on the hydrofoil. Understand the construction, posture, handling techniques and wing work underwater of the foilboard.
Hydrofoils are the future of water sports
Hydrofoils give us access to new waves and surf breaks on the high seas that have never been explored before . These foils have redefined what we mean by a wave.
Foil surfing is an exhilarating experience and doesn’t really require waves to get started. It’s like controlled aquaplaning , gliding effortlessly and smoothly across the water.
Introduction to hydrofoiling
A hydrofoil is a long, hydrodynamically designed fin with wings. This softens the effects of the wind on the water surface, reduces friction and makes it possible to make a 90 degree angle in less than a second.
Who invented the hydrofoil
One of the first to put foil on a surfboard was Laird Hamilton. Kai Lenny was one of the first surfers to try hydrofoiling in windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing and even bodyboarding. Lenny and Naish have developed a Foil Surfing 101 course.
The best surf spots to practice hydrofoils
Make sure it ‘s safe for you and everyone around us. Ideally, find a spot where no one else is around, especially if you can’t rely on your skills. You can use any condition you have.
You can surf everything. Even the worst wave you’ve ever seen in your entire life. It’s best to find a spot with small waves in the one to two foot range.
Aluminum plate configuration
Where the foil attaches to the board depends on your weight and size and the wave you want to ride. A small surfer should place the wing in the front of the box. A taller surfer should also move it forward or backward depending on the wave.
Position the traction pads exactly where your feet should be. They act as a guide to your posture. The trick is finding the sweet spot, which usually means having your back foot on the back of your neck or maybe something behind it.
Get in the water and row
Avoid bumps and embarrassment while walking on the water by holding the board like a regular surfboard and gripping the foil’s wingtip with your other hand. Paddle like you would on a normal board. Duck diving can be easy because the foils provide extra buoyancy.
Get up and surf
When you see a wave coming, start paddling until you feel like you’ve caught it. The launch process on a foil surfboard is identical to surfing. As soon as you stand up, put pressure on your front foot as if you were snowboarding down the slopes.
This is how foiling works
It’s easy to understand the mechanics of foils. The process is similar to that of the wings of an airplane or a bird. The more you lean on your back foot, the more the wing pitches up, generating more lift. Finding your balance is key to controlling your foil surfboard.