HOW TO START IN SUP FOIL?
THE ADVICE OF BRUNO SROKA, 3x WORLD CHAMPION IN KITESURF :
Today, faced with the numerous foils on the market, one can feel hesitation in his research. Here are a few tips to guide you in the purchase and use of your foil.
If you are a beginner in the discipline of stand up paddle or foil, we advise you to start with SUP Foil. This helps to analyse the first sensations of the foil and to understand the mechanism with more stability than in surf foil.
Having a good base in SUP Surf makes the discipline of SUP foil more accessible. In addition, it is advisable to start the foil in SUP Foil as the stand up paddle board is larger than a kite foil or surf foil board. It provides more stability. The volume of the board also makes it possible to row standing up like on a classic paddle. To then gain speed on the waves and fly without having to stand up at the same time.
The discipline of SUP Foil can be dangerous, several precautions are to be taken before launching.
Practitioners must :
- Choose a deserted spot or one with very few surfers around.
- Do not start among all surfers.
- Provide a spot where there is enough background (the longer your mast will be, the more background is needed).
- Choose a spot you know, to avoid the rocks.
- When launching, remember to position your foil upside down behind you and slide it onto your back until there is enough bottom to turn the board over and start rowing.
- Start by choosing soft, flat, rolling waves, which generally correspond to half tides. The ideal and fun foil waves are the 40cm waves up to 1m for the more experienced riders.
- Start with a 65 cm mast, then increase the size of the mast according to the level acquired. (The longer your mast is, the higher you will fly and the harder the foil is to control, so we recommend starting with the smallest size).
- Start with a medium sized fin such as the L 1500 fin from SROKA.
Once on the water, standing on the SUP Foil, the position of the feet is very important because the foil requires a higher positioning accuracy than on a SUP Surf. Foil placement errors 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 distance between your shoulders should be about the same as the distance between your feet. We have developed a board with different colours on the deck to help you better locate where to position your feet at the start.