HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SURF FOIL & HOW TO GET STARTED?
THE ADVICE OF BRUNO SROKA, 3x WORLD CHAMPION IN KITESURF :
To understand the first sensations of the foil and to understand the mechanism, Bruno Sroka advises you to start the foil towed behind a boat.
The advantages of starting behind a boat are manifold. Firstly, the beginner will feel safe because he doesn’t have to worry about anyone around him and the height of water under his board. In addition, the boat’s wave is a soft wave that unwinds, so it is the ideal wave for understanding and analysing the take-off mechanism.
When it is not possible to start with the help of a boat, the practitioner must imperatively take precautions when launching the boat to avoid any danger and this is not to be taken lightly because foil accidents do exist.
Precautions to be taken when launching:
- Choose a deserted spot or one with very few surfers around.
- Provide a spot where there is sufficient background. (the longer your mast will be, the more bottom you will need).
- Choose a spot you know to avoid the rocks.
- During the launch, remember to position the foil upside down behind you and slide it over your back until there is enough bottom to turn the board over and start rowing.
- Choose a small and soft wave that unfolds slowly, these waves generally correspond to those at the end of a sandbank. The ideal is to choose 40 cm waves of up to 1m for the experts.
- Start with a 65 cm mast and then increase the size of the mast according to the level acquired.
- Start with a medium sized fin such as the L 1500 fin from SROKA.
Start with a medium sized fin such as the L 1500 fin from SROKA.
To do this, the rear foot is above or slightly forward of the mast and the front foot is in front of the front fin. The distance between your shoulders should correspond to the position of your feet. Furthermore, Bruno Sroka advises you not to start with a board that is too small in order to gain stability. The 160×52 board from SROKA is more suitable for beginners. Below you will find details on how to choose the right surf foil.