Hydrofoil Or Foil Surfing For Beginners

Foil surfing: surf waves on the water | Photo: Basterretxea/Red Bull

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.

exciting experience

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.

Foil Surfing: Find your balance and experience a different way of surfing | Photo: RedBull

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.

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