What is the Wing Foil?
In what conditions should you practice Wing Foil ?
Prepare your Wing Foil equipment to get started
- Prepare your Wing Foil board : assemble your foil and attach it to your board, attach your leash to the board.
- Get dressed : and prepare yourself as if you were going to go straight into the water.
- Inflate your wing : the wing has a strong wind grip, so we recommend inflating it just before you get in the water. It is best to inflate it out of the wind. If possible, it is best to tie it to an object to prevent it from flying away. As soon as the wing is inflated, attach its leash to your wrist without delay.
- Bring your equipment close to the water : carry the wing by the handle with the leading edge facing the wind. This way it won’t catch the wind. Once you are close to the water with your wing and wingfoil board, attach your board leash. Be careful to wear your board on the side facing the wind. Otherwise the wing will catch the wind and get damaged on the foil.
How to take off in a wing foil ?
- Distribute your weight efficiently between your front and back leg
- Pay attention to the direction of your wing so that the wind keeps you moving forward
Safety rules to know when you want to start wing foiling
- Equip yourself with a board leash and a wing leash, a flotation or impact waistcoat and a helmet (recommended for beginners in wing foil)
- Tell someone about your session and the planned practice times if you are sailing alone
- We recommend that you only practice wing foil on spots that have been studied and identified beforehand.
- Stay close to the coast so that you can easily get back in if the wind changes, strengthens or drops completely.
- Be aware of current effects due to tides or swell
Bruno SROKA's opinion on the Wing Foil
“Wing Foil is a free-ride sport where you maximise the fun and minimise the equipment. Easy to prepare, it is pure fun. We are not looking for speed or height, but the sensation of gliding on the water and the wind swell alone or with friends without any headaches. It’s a 100% fun sport that is made for those who want to have a smile on their face on the water all the time.”
- Start on flat water, sheltered from the swell, and never with an onshore wind
- Watch out for other riders. With time, you will go upwind and downwind more and more. Sometimes, with the wing, you have a loss of visibility so check to see if there is anyone downwind when you start riding the waves.
- Start with a big front wing, it is more stable. It is a little slower and allows you to fly quickly in lighter conditions.
- Choose your equipment correctly. It is important to choose equipment that is suitable for your level and size.
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