HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SUP FOIL

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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE PURCHASING A SURF FOIL :

The foil requires a minimum of technique and control. We advise, for this sport, to have an average level in SUP surf. It is difficult for beginners practicing SUP surf to start with a foil. Practice requires a lot of accuracy in terms of positioning and mistakes are irrevocable. In addition, foiling can be dangerous if you don’t develop the right habits. That is why, ideally, it is interesting to take courses with a qualified instructor to learn about the practice.

Foil is a sport that requires precautions. If you are a novice, we advise you to wear a helmet and a protective vest.

THE FOIL CONSTRUCTION : 

The choice of materials 

100% CARBONE : 

The 100% carbon offers several advantages : it is stronger, durable over time and does not laminate contrary to the foamed wings which are light but delaminate easily in case of an impact. At Sroka, we have chosen a foam-free construction, our mast, front and rear wings are 100% carbon.

ALUMINIUM : 

Different grades of aluminium exist on the market but are not equalled. Today the best aluminium on the market is T6061 due to its high resistance to seawater, its rigidity and the fact that it scratches much less. The quality of aluminium from Germany is much better than from the East, where aluminium is made from elements that are difficult to trace. Because we are looking for the best quality, we opt for aluminium from Germany in the construction of all our foils.

FUSELAGE

Although it is interesting to have a carbon foil thanks to its rigidity, the aluminium fuselage is more reliable. An aluminum fuselage will be more durable over time and will protect you from the problem of tearing inserts. At Sroka, we add a screw thread (helicoil) which allow to change it if it has been damaged.

ANODIZE :

Anodizing (low quality 10 micron, mid quality 20 micron and high quality 60 micron) also plays an important role in foil quality, how to differentiate between different types of anodizing? Easy!  A high quality anodizing (hard) will be easily spotted because it will have a matte finish while a low quality anodizing (light) will have a glossy finish.

 

THE SIZE OF THE FRONT WING IS VERY IMPORTANT : 

The surface area of the front wing depends of your level, your weight and especially on the waves you are considering. This is why it is important to have different wings in your quiver to switch wings according to the waves.

The surface of the front wing, the wing profile, its thickness and outline have a particular importance on the foil’s performance. The larger the surface with profile thickness, the more tolerant the foil will be but the foil will saturate very quickly in speed. At the opposite, the smaller the wings, the faster the foil will be, but the use is more technical for the beginner. For beginners it is recommended to choose a front wing between 1500 and 1750 cm2 and then, after progression, choose a smaller wing to increase performance.

Be careful, we recommend for larger sizes (+95 kg) we recommend a 1750 cm2 wing and for smaller sizes (1500 cm2) a 1500 cm2 wing.

The SKY RIDER BOARD from SROKA COMPANY :

We have developed a voluminous board with its 7’8×30 and 120 litres to foil in all conditions. The SUP FOIL SKY RIDER Board will allow you to sail in any wave conditions. This board, made in France, has been tested in Brittany and is therefore adapted to European conditions. Due to its generous volume, you will have no stability problems.  In addition, the board is convertible because you can also use it in Stand up paddle version. Put 4 FCS fins on it and you end up with a SUP quad in the waves. The board is built in France and its cover is free.

For more information on the Sky rider, we advise you to click on the link below :

SKY RIDER SROKA 7’8×30