Surf Foil Beach Start : our illustrated guide

How to successfully make a Surf Foil Beach Start

When you don’t have a boat to tow you in Wake Foiling and the waves are not sufficient to Surf or SUP Foil, A Surf Foil Beach Start can save the day. Nobody will doubt the cardio aspect / physical effort of a beach start that is very interesting to stay fit during times of flat!

You will find in this article a little guide to make a Surf Foil Beach Start.


Choose the right spot

Ideally, the right spot is a beach like the one on the video of Wesley Brito with only sand and a water gap only a few meters from the shoreline. In this way, you can keep the foil in a sufficient amount of water when you start and jump on the board when you reach the level of the water hole so as not to risk the foil to get blocked or damaged in the process.

  • What you don’t want on your spot : rocks, seaweeds, swimmers, cords or anything else making the beach start dangerous for you, your gear or anyone else around.
  • Smart tip : You will fall down many times so make sure to choose a good wetsuit or a beach with warm waters.

Beach start in 5 steps

1- Grab your board the right way

Position yourself facing the body of water with your supporting leg back, the hand which is on the side of your supporting leg comes to grip the board at the back and the other hand comes to grip the board in the center of the opposite side. On this photo Gabriel is regular, he then places his right leg (support leg) back, grabbed the back of his board with his right hand and the center of the opposite side with his left hand.

2- Run with the Foil

Once you have grabbed your board the right way Wait for the right moment to start according to the movements of water, the ideal being that a tiny wave allows to start from further with the foil wing in the water while running. The front wing of the foil must stay in the water just below the surface for you to manually bring speed to it and thus impulse the lift. Run until you have water at knee level.

3- Go up on the board

As can be seen in the following picture below, when Gabriel has water up to his knees he jumps on the board using his hands to control the lift of the foil. This jump is done in two stages: he first brings his right foot next to his right hand, and he then positions his left foot in the center of the board at the height of his left hand. It is a very technical gesture that requires a lot of precision, speed of execution and control. It must be done many times before you get there.

4- Pump to keep the speed

When you reach the position of the 4th photo, you are ideally positioned to start pumping. Your speed is then quite low, just like the lift of your foil, it is therefore necessary to generate lift and turn it into speed by an effective “pumping” movement. For that, you can see Gabriel who lighten his front leg a lot on the first picture by putting more weight on the back leg to increase the lift angle of the Foil. This allows him on the second photo to retransmit weight on the front leg thereafter to generate acceleration. This “pumping” allows him to capitalize on the speed obtained when he started and even accelerate to stay in flight (see the video below).

Choose the right gear

Or you might be very unsuccessful ..

FastFlyer 4'6 SROKA

A light board with little volume:

When you run, you have little speed so little lift when jumping on your Foil. Choose a short and compact board that will be easy to handle and as light as possible to maximize your chances of success. We recommend using a Surf Foil board like the FastFlyer 4’6 or the l’Hybrid 160×52 (such as on Gab’s video) or a Wake / Kite Foil board like the Pocket board. The Hybrid 160×52 and Pocket board will also allow you to practice Kite Foiling and Wake Foiling. The FastFlyer and Hybrid 160×52 allow you to Surf Foil and Wake Foil.

a Foil with good lift:

As the lift and speed that you generate while running is limited, choosing a foil with a strong lift wing (large surface area, bearing profile, etc.) will make the takeoff much easier. We recommend the use of a versatile Surf Foil with a large wing area. We designed the S-Foil XL (1750 cm2) and XXL (2000 cm2) for a super versatile use with over 7 possible foil practices from the same equipment including beach or pontoon starts from anywhere. Also use this Foil for : Surf Foil, SUP Foil, Windfoil, Kite Foil, Wing Foil and Wake Foil!

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For more informations on gear choice and tips depending on your use :

How to choose your SUP Foil

How to choose your Surf Foil

How to Downwind SUP Foil

How to Wing Foil


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