HOW TO LEARN SUP FOIL
BRUNO SROKA HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SURF FOIL TIPS, 3x WORLD CHAMPION IN KITESURF :
Today, with the many foils on the market, we can feel the hesitation in our research. Here are some tips to guide you in the purchase and use of your foil. If you are a beginner in the stand up paddle or foil discipline, we advise you to start with the SUP foil. This helps to analyze the first sensations of the foil and to understand the mechanism with more stability than in surf foil.
Having good skills in waves SUP makes the discipline of foil SUP more accessible. In addition, it is good to start the foil in SUP because the stand up paddle board is larger than a kite or surf foil board. It provides more stability. The volume of the board also makes it possible to paddle as on a classic stand up paddle. Then acquire lift on the waves and fly.
Foil discipline can be dangerous, several precautions must be taken before launching.
Precautions to take when launching :
- Choose a deserted spot or one with very little surfing around you.
- Plan a spot where there is enough bottom. (the longer your mast is, more you need the bottom)
- During the launch, remember to position the foil upside down behind you and slide it in your back until it is deep enough to turn the board over and start paddling.
- Choose a soft and flat wave that unwinds, these waves generally correspond to the mid-tides.
- Ideally and for more fun, choose waves of 40 cm up to 1m30 for experts.
- Start with a 65 cm mast and increase the size of the mast, thereafter, according to the level acquired.
- Start with a medium sized wing like the SROKA L 1500 wing.
Once on the water, standing on the SUP, the position of the feet is very important because the foil requires a higher positioning accuracy than on a wave paddle. Placement errors in foil are more difficult to correct. To avoid this, the rear foot is located above or slightly in front of the mast and the front foot is located just in front of the front fin. The shoulder spacing must be the same as the spacing of your feet.