WHEN YOU’RE A BEGINNER

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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A FOIL

Foil requires a minimum of technique and mastery. We advise, for this sport, to have an average level in SUP surfing. It is difficult for beginners practicing SUP Surf to start with a foil. The practice requires a lot of accuracy in terms of positioning and errors are difficult to make up for. Moreover, the practice of sup foil can be dangerous if one does not take the right habits. That’s why, ideally, it’s interesting to take lessons with a qualified instructor to get a feel for the practice.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUPFOIL

THE CHOICE OF MATERIALS

100% CARBON :

The 100% carbon mast is stronger, more durable over time and does not delaminate, unlike foamed masts, which offer a lighter foil but delaminate easily on impact. At SROKA, we have opted for a foam-free mast construction.

ALUMINIUM :

Different qualities of aluminium exist on the market but are not equal. Today, the best aluminium on the market is T6061 thanks 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 that from Eastern Europe, 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.

The fuselage :

While it is more interesting to have carbon foil wings, the fuselage is more reliable when it is made of aluminium. An Aluminium fuselage will be more durable over time and will protect you from the problem of pulling out inserts. At SROKA, we add a screw thread (helicoil) which offers the possibility to change it if it has been damaged.

ANODISING :

Anodising on the foil is a surface treatment that protects the aluminium part from erosion.

Anodising (low range 10micron, mid range 20micron and high range 60micron) also plays an important role in the quality of the foil.

How to differentiate between the different types of anodising? Easy! A high-end (hard) anodising will be easy to spot because it will have a matt finish while a low-end (light) anodising will have a glossy finish.


The importance of the size of the front wing :

The surface area of the front fin depends on your level, your weight and above all on the waves envisaged. This is why it is important to have different fins in your quiver to be able to switch the fins according to the waves that are offered to you. We have developed the S-Foil with 4 sizes of front wings to adapt to the size and level of each one but also to the conditions and the type of practice envisaged.

The surface of the front fin, the fin profile, its thickness and outline have a particular importance on the performance of the SUP Foil. The surface of the front fin, the fin profile, its thickness and outline have a particular importance on the performance of the SUP Foil. Conversely, the smaller the fin, the faster and more manageable the foil will be, but the use will be more technical and unstable for a beginner. For beginners it is advisable to choose a front fin between 1500cm2 and 1750 cm2 and then, after progressing, choose other fin sizes to increase your playing range.

For beginners it is advisable to choose a front fin between 1500cm2 and 1750 cm2 and then, after progressing, choose other fin sizes to increase your playing range.

comparison of S-Foil 6 in 1 wings according to practice and characteristics


The SUP Foil SROKA Sky Rider 7’8×30 convertible :

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 foil in different wave and wind conditions, even very light ones. This board, made in France, has been tested in Brittany and is therefore suitable for European conditions. Because of the generous volume, you won’t have any problems with stability. In addition, the board is convertible because you can also use it in Stand up paddle version. Put in 4 FCS fins and you will have an ideal quad assembly for the SUP Surf.
The board is made in France and its cover is offered.
For more information on the SKY RIDER, we advise you to click on the link below:


Sky Rider SROKA 7’8×30.