5 reasons to practice Wing Foil

Wingfoiling is one of the new gliding sports, whose number of practitioners continues to increase, some even abandoning their preferred practice. You may wonder why? We give you 5 good reasons to practice Wing Foil! If you are not familiar with this sport, Wing Foil consists of standing on a board with a foil in your hands. The foil resembles an underwater plane which, thanks to the speed generated, will create a lift force. The Wing is similar to a kite, in order to gain speed.

Wing foiling has many advantages, including on land and at sea. This new water sport offers unique gliding sensations with far fewer constraints than kitesurfing or windsurfing.

5 good reasons to practice Wing foil

Reason 1: Simplicity and ease of use

When you take up Wing after kitesurfing or windsurfing, everything becomes easier! On the one hand, the equipment is really minimalist. All you have to do is inflate your wing and set up your foil. If you choose an inflatable board like the SROKA Air, you can pack everything into one bag! Perfect for transporting and setting up your gear anywhere. The equipment is light, and it is not necessary to have a large sail, or straps, harness… In less than 10 minutes all your equipment is ready to go on the water. So if you have an hour of time at lunchtime, you can sail for 45 minutes.

Then, launching is easy, depending on the spot, you can start directly from the beach or from a slipway. The return is also simple:if the wind drops, with sufficient board volume, you will be able to get in while sailing (unlike kiting where you swim in). If the wind picks up, it is also easy to get in safely, with much less risk than kitesurfing.

Moreover, the WingFoil offers you a very versatile equipment and therefore the possibility to discover other facets of foil sports (SUPFoil, WakeFoil, WindFoil, KiteFoil, SurfFoil…).

Reason 2: No need for high wind and wave conditions

One of the great advantages of this sport is that it is possible to sail even in light winds. You can take off from 7 to 8 knots. It is also ideal for beginners to learn about the Wing. No need for big wave conditions, in Wingfoiling it is possible to surf on soft waves that do not break. In addition to optimising low conditionsthis offers a wide choice of spots and opportunities to practice.

Some places have no waves, for example the south of France or Lake Geneva in Switzerland. However, with a bit of wind, a chop can be created and the wind swell can be surfed. So you don’t need to be in Hawaii in majestic conditions, you just need a little wind to have a blast. Close your eyes and imagine yourself skiing on 1m of powder… that’s what the WingFoil will make you feel.

Reason 3: Accessible to all levels

WingFoil does not require a high level of physical fitness. This is what makes this practice accessible to all, in terms of level, size, or age. Indeed, the whole family can join in, which will make your outings on the water even more fun! From 7 to 77 years old, everyone can practice at their own pace. It is not a traumatic sport, the speeds are not those of KiteFoil or WindFoil so it is very reassuring. It is a sport where it is easy to progress: any good snowboarder will start flying in less than 3 hours.

And for all this, you don’t need a lot of equipment: a simple pack wing quiver (a kite, a foil and a board) with a very wide wind range will allow you to really have fun whatever your level.

In addition, WingFoil is a departure from the sometimes vain mentality of certain sports. Here, one detaches oneself from the edge and the world to refocus on one’s personal practice. In Wing, you can have fun with your friends, you don’t need to be 50m away from the edge to impress the gallery.

After reading our article “How to start Wing Foil”, you will understand that this is the easiest way to learn Wing Foil, and especially to have fun on the water, compared to other water sports. Depending on the material chosen, learning can be relatively quick. The key is to practice and be patient.

Reason 4: The feeling of sliding arrives very quickly

Starting in Wing, you will discover new sensations of gliding, completely different from Kitesurf or Windsurf. The grip is almost immediate. So you can move quickly, and quickly take off or surf on the swell or waves. Flying with the silence of gliding on the water gives a real sense of freedom.

Among the different ways to practice, it is possible to :

  • to ride, safely, even in light winds thanks to the volume of the board. You can fly very early and cover a lot of distance without too much effort;
  • do big downwind, leeward descent and surfing swell trains;
  • practice freestyle with adapted equipment that allows you to do tricks in Wing;
  • to get together with friends for a run or a ride;
  • go to the discovering new places to sail, which are not at all exploited by other sports. Wing surfing is a way to get away from the ever-increasing number of surf spots,or to sail even when kitesurfing is prohibited during the summer.

Reason 5: A complete sports activity

Wingfoiling will make you work your back and leg muscles, especially when you pump your feet or hands on the wing to move forward. So you really feel like you’re working all the muscles in your body. It is also an interesting practice for the cardio, we work on endurance and much less on explosiveness. It is a sport that is very accessible to all, and particularly suitable for women. In addition, the physical demands are lower than in other board sports, and therefore recovery is easier.

Some people say that foiling can be dangerous. By respecting certain safety rules, we are convinced that it is one of the least dangerous board sports with the least risk of major trauma. In general, the chances of collisions with Wing Foil equipment are greatly reduced, and when they do occur, they are less painful than when windsurfing. All this explains the success of the Wing Foil.