Our tips and explanations for buying the right Wing foil pack

After reading our article on „How to start Wing Foil„, you will realise that it is the easiest way to learn Wing Foil. You will realise that this is the easiest way to learn Wingfoil, and above all one of the most fun ways to have fun on the water compared to other water sports. You will find that there is an abundance of Wingfoil equipment and packages available at different prices. Do you dream of flying on the water and surfing the swell without having to fight for crowded waves? It’s time to invest in a pack. But you need to know how to choose your Pack Wing. It is to answer the recurrent questions of our customers, but also to the practitioners who see our ambassadors evolve on the spots that we propose this article. At Sroka Company, we are first and foremost enthusiasts. Our goal is to share this passion with you, thanks to equipment that we enjoy developing and using ourselves, without being overpriced. We want to democratize efficient, durable and evolving material at an accessible priceIn this article, we will only give you some ideas. All these advices are based on concrete technical elements, like our way of developing our foil fins or boards and our experience. We illustrate all this with our equipment, to help you choose the type of equipment (wing, windfoil and foil) that suits you best, and that will be able to evolve with you without confining you to beginner equipment or unsaleable equipment later on. Finally, we will present our Wing Foil range, and explain our development choices, (including why we have been producing full sandwich boards in France for almost 10 years).

Choosing your board

All the answers to the questions you may have when choosing your board!

What type of board to start with?

In order to fully enjoy the experience, we advise you not to overestimate yourself, by choosing equipment adapted to your level to fully benefit from the experience. We invite you to pay particular attention to the choice of the board. It is the board that will condition your very first edges: its volume, its length/width ratio, its construction, and its hull, all have their importance. So, to fully enjoy the moments of happiness of your first flights, avoid at all costs a board that is too small or too technical: for beginners in Wingsurfing, the race to miniaturisation is often synonymous with a frustrating experience. Your experience in board sports is a help, but winging is still a new sport with new rules!

With new technologies, inflatable wingfoil boards are becoming an interesting alternative to hard boards. They offer a surprising feeling of comfort and safety on the water (falling on the board won’t hurt anymore) by being forgotten under the feet, to leave room for all the sensations of gliding. They forgive all shocks, on the hold or in the sea, and avoid going to the shaper at each session. They succeed in combining good performance with the advantage of easy transport at an affordable price. Everything you’ve been waiting for! If you have a small car boot, are a traveller or live in a flat, this is an innovative solution that allows you to fit your entire quiver into one bag.

Hardboards are still a safe bet. They are more forgiving of contact with the water and offer a more pleasant gliding sensation on take-off. Stiffer, they transmit (a little) better the supports to the foil. However, they remain more fragile than inflatable boards and require more attention when handling them on land, as well as more space to store and transport them.

Hardboards for beginners

SKY RIDER 6’3 and 5’8 120 and 105L with a chunky shape that offers stability and easy take-off.

Inflatable boards for beginners

SROKA AIR 6’4 and 6’0 155L and 144L with a large shape for easy take off and stability. The 5’3 can be considered for lightweights who are already involved in board sports.

Discovering the wing, for the whole family

Winging with a suitable inflatable paddle (one fin behind and one in the middle to avoid drifting) is the best way to discover wind sports. The stability of the SUP will give you the confidence to start mastering the kite with ease. The whole family can get into it. Click here to find out more about our Inflatable SUP + Wing pack.

What type of board for intermediate level?

You already practice foil on another support (wind foil, surf foil, kite foil…) or wingfoil. It’s time to invest in an intermediate Wing Foil pack. With these packs, you will start to leave your comfort zone to discover new sensations. By reducing the size of your board, your pumping will be more efficient, your shifts more radical. Welcome to a new world. You’ll start to look at waves differently that you didn’t dare to surf before with your first-timer equipment. However, the idea is not to deny all the comfort that makes your sessions a pleasure. The equipment we offer in this category doesn’t require a water-start or an incredible technical level to allow you to have fun.

Hardboards intermediate level

SKY RIDER 5’8 and 5’5 105L and 90L depending on the size. The length and width of the board are reduced to facilitate pumping and manoeuvring.

Inflatable boards intermediate level

SROKA AIR 6’0 and 5’3 144L and 115L depending on the size. The dimensions are reduced to offer more sensations without the navigation becoming too technical.

What kind of board to perform on?

You master the subject of Wing Foil, you sail whatever the level of the spot. You want to push your limits, play with the elements, fly over the swell trains. You know that you will need a smaller and therefore more powerful equipment to discover these sensations.

To get ahead, we advise you:

Performance hardboards

SKY RIDER 5’5, 5’2, 4’8 or Fast Flyer 4’6 90L and less depending on the size. Very short and easy to handle boards with aggressive shapes. The Fast Flyer will be the perfect board for foil surfing, and will be excellent for kitesurfing. Attention, in wingfoil, the Fast Flyer requires the mastery of the water start.

The Performance Inflatable Board

SROKA AIR 5’3 The dimensions are reduced to offer more sensations without the navigation becoming too technical. Its 115L volume allows it to float even for large people. One board to take with you on your travels and to the spots, in all conditions.

The different constructions of foil boards

We recommend our article on the subject, right here, regarding materials. We don’t compromise on quality with Full Sandwich Carbon Fibre or Fibreglass Made in France. For the inflatable boards, we choose professional semi rigid PVC, and a carbon plate covered with PVC to avoid shocks and that the carbon does not heat up in the sun, damaging the glue.

On the technical side, we have chosen a light rocker to get through the chop, combined with a double concave hull that allows you to get back on the water easily if you hit the water. At the back, the cut out also allows you to easily get back into your surf. The outline of the board is chunky to ensure stability and a fast start in flight, but not too wide to prevent you from manoeuvring. Comment sont dessinées, fabriquées et conçues les planches de wingfoil The development of a Sroka foilboard

 

What about footstraps?

And in all this: straps or not? To answer this question, we have devoted a specific article to the subject. But if you come from windsurfing or kitesurfing, don’t forget that wing foil is different. Like the boom, the rules are not the same. If you are just starting out, in the vast majority of cases, straps are a hindrance to progress by limiting your ability to catch mistakes and increasing the risk of injury to your ankles.

Choosing your board: to sum up

Comment choisir sa planche de foil en fonction de son poids, de son niveau, du volume et des dimensions de la planche

Choosing your Foil

All the answers to the questions you have to choose the foil that suits you best!

The parameters that influence the functioning of a Foil

The front fin: To put it simply, there are three families of front vanes, Low Aspect, Mid Aspect and High Aspect (here is a detailed article on aspect ratios). The Low Aspect are stocky, with a small wingspan. With their fighter-like shape, they are very manoeuvrable but their lateral stability, especially on small surfaces, sometimes leaves something to be desired.

The High Aspect is more elongated, like a glider wing. The High Aspect flies with the stability of an albatross. Pumping is effortless and the speed of flight is impressive. They offer an excellent gliding feeling. However, they are relatively technical and less manoeuvrable wings, often requiring the use of a shorter fuselage to compensate.

The Mid Aspect are forgiving, easy to handle and generate very good lift (we recommend the 1750 for beginners). They are a good compromise between the two worlds, especially if you can’t afford to buy one fin per spot and condition. If you are more resourceful, you can reduce the surface area of your kite (1250 for example) to manoeuvre on command without ever stalling in turns and waves.

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The mast: For beginners or those sailing in shallow, flat water, we recommend 70cm masts. They are the safe choice and falls will be less impressive than with longer masts. They are useful for surfing foils to stay in contact with the wave.

Capable of making a beginner fly as well as a more experienced pilot fly with a very good feeling, the 80cm mast offers an excellent versatility. It is the safe choice for a first investment.

For those who really want to perform, who surf big or who sail on very rough water, we recommend a mast of 90 or more. You will be able to angle the mast flush with the water to get as close to the wind as possible. These masts are not for beginners as they are less forgiving of mistakes.

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The different constructions of Foil

The full carbon foil is expensive and fragile. On the other hand, it is lighter and more responsive, and requires slightly less maintenance than an aluminium foil. Aluminium foils are often cheaper, stronger and stiffer if well constructed. Carbon has excellent torsional strength but less rigidity than aluminium (hence its use for windsurfing masts), unless it is built very carefully and often very expensive. The price of a carbon mast can be five to ten times higher than an aluminium mast.

The aluminium foil has the advantage of being more modular and transportable with easily interchangeable parts, as carbon foils often use a ‚T-bar‘, a part that joins the fuselage and mast. The aluminium foil, however, will be heavier.

 

Choosing your foil: to summarise

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How to choose your wing

All the answers to the questions you may have when choosing your wing and wing size!
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The different constructions of Foil

To put it simply, there are two types of shapes, those that are squat and those with a wider span. If you like to twirl freely, we recommend a chunky shape which will have the advantage of being compact and manoeuvrable. If you are looking for the thrill of exhilarating top speed under control, while having a very good stability in the surf, opt for a longer wing.

Wishbone or inflatable centre batten?

Boom construction is very rare. So rare, in fact, that only one brand offers it. It’s true that you can place your hands freely in it, but it’s non-folding, bulky and heavier. Your carrying comfort will suffer, especially if you’re going on a trip. It’s also more dangerous if you fall and hit the boom head-on or hit your board deck with it.

If you’ve taken up wingsurfing partly to get rid of the old world of heavy and complicated rigging, and you’re looking for a kite that can be forgotten while sailing like a trunk, then the inflatable centre batten is the right option. Before making your choice, you should imagine that you will be sailing with your arms over your head for the whole session. After a couple of hours, we are absolutely convinced that you will appreciate the extra weight, the lightness and the ease of use.

What’s more, you can’t imagine a simpler set-up. One pump and you’re done. In less than two minutes, your wing is inflated and all that’s left between you and the pleasure of flying. And once the session is over, or if you are suddenly caught up in the urge to travel, transporting the wing is even easier. All you need is a bag to fit the wing into any luggage or car boot. It’s up to you to choose the best option to suit your sailing style and desires, but we sincerely believe that the choice of inflatable is the one that best suits the spirit of the Wingsurf Foil, with its simplicity, the freedom it allows and its user friendly aspect never seen before in water sports.

How many handles?

Some brands continue to cover the central slat with handles. Others go for simplicity, with a front handle and a back handle. The right question to ask yourself is: what do I really need? If you want to fly gracefully in light winds, have hours of fun in big conditions without being physically abused, or have total freedom in the surf, you’ll need a light wing. The lighter the wing, the less help it needs from you to carry itself, and the more freedom you have to move.

Experience has also shown us that we always place our hands in the same places, regardless of the number of handles. So why bother with weight, weak points and confusing handles? For all these reasons, we choose to have only what is really necessary on the wing: three comfortable, wide and solid handles. One for the front hand, one for the back hand and one for the surfer located on the leading edge. Some of the weight saved is reinvested in carefully placed reinforcements, so that it is really useful and not just a selling point.

We also add two V-shaped handles. They allow you to sail in overpower or underpower, to have a freer hand placement and to always fall back on a support during manoeuvres. They tend to become more common.

Why a taut spinnaker on the trailing edge, and what trough?

If you want a wing that is nervous, responsive, more efficient and able to pick up the slightest gust and turn it into power, a tight trailing edge is the way to go. For those of you who are used to intense high speed sailing, we recommend that you give it a little slack to ease the flow, just as you would on a tensioned board sail. A sail that is too tight will quickly become unmanageable in gusts. The distribution of the panels is crucial for maintaining the profile when sailing.  If they are carefully placed, drag will be greatly reduced and the wing will be much less physical. You will feel as if you are one with your equipment, which will increase your enjoyment tenfold. Choosing your trough depends on what you need on your favourite spot. If it’s a super powerful kite that can get you going in a hurry, go for a big hollow. On the other hand, it will saturate relatively quickly, lose stability at high rpm and become very physical at high speed. If you are looking to reach a higher maximum speed, choose a flatter sink. Your wing will generate a little less power at low rpm, but will accelerate endlessly like a dream, while giving a much better feeling of stability and control in the high range.

Windows or not?

The windows in the sail would be practical on saturated spots… which is far from being the case at the moment. You should also be aware that windows make the wings heavier and depending on the quality of the materials used can be a weak point. If you opt for a windowless wing, it will force you to raise the sail to look downwind. The choice is up to you, depending on your needs.

Choosing your wing: to summarise

Wie wähle ich meinen Wing richtig aus?
Welche Wing-Oberfläche wählen Sie entsprechend Ihrem Niveau und Ihrer Körpergröße?

Our Wing foil packs

In a package, every element is of fundamental importance. Take the best board in the world with a cheap foil and you will never get off the ground. Choosing the right pack will save you the frustration of having a completely technically inaccessible or too soft material.

At Sroka Company, we are above all a team of enthusiasts and practitioners. Our goal is to share this passion with you. We are proud to use the material we propose here. We don’t want you to sail with materials that will fail after 10 sessions or to pay for marketing and so-called revolutionary innovations that are not. We want to offer you top-of-the-range equipment at an affordable price, making sure that each practitioner finds a package that perfectly matches his expectations. All our equipment is plug-and-play and versatile, delivered with their leash and a carrying case for the foil.

Beginner level

Intermediate level

Advanced level

  • Sky Rider 5’5, or build your own foil on our website (links below)
  • Air 5’3 if you only want one board to take with you everywhere the
  • Fast Flyer 4’6 pack, fully customizable on demand. No concessions with a 38L Made in France board to send your best freestyle tricks.

Going the extra mile

We make sure that our packs are as versatile as possible, aware that the investment is substantial. Our goal is not to make you buy a foil every year and to accompany your evolution on the very long term, we made sure that our foil is entirely modular, with parts at a reasonable price. Here are all the possible customizations of your Wingfoil pack, depending on your needs:

The different pieces of foil :

Boards and Wings :

We also accompany you with various articles and tutorials! Find out how to learn how to make a Wingfoil, how a surf foil works or how to choose a spot in the News and Tutorials section of our website!

If you have any questions or want to share your time on the water with our community, don’t hesitate to join your Sroka Sessions Facebook group!

FAQ What is included in a wing foil pack? The Sroka inflatable packs include the board, the wing and the foil. Also included are: a board leash, a wing leash, a carrying case for the foil, a carrying bag for the board and the complete pack, protective covers for the carbon fins, all screws and bolts, tef gel, a pump with an adaptor to switch from the wing to the board, user manuals, a neoprene handle for carrying the board and a repair kit. In the Sroka hard wing foil packs, you will find the board, the wing and the foil. In addition to the board and wing leash, protective covers for the carbon wings, a carrying case for the foil, all screws and tef gel.   2) Are the Sroka wing foil packs suitable for beginners?  Sroka’s wing foil packs are perfectly suited for beginners and are designed to be picked up immediately. Our wing packs are also very scalable. It is possible to adapt all the front and rear wings on the foil provided in the pack, including the most powerful ones.   3) Are the Sroka wing foil packs guaranteed? Yes, as with all our products and their components, Sroka wing foil packs are guaranteed for two years.   4) How to choose a wing foil pack? We refer you to our detailed article on how to choose a wing foil pack.   5) How long does it take for a Sroka wing foil pack to be delivered in France? It takes about 24 hours for your pack to be prepared and one to three working days for delivery in mainland France.