How to jump in Wing foil – level 1

Once they have become familiar with the feeling of flying a Wing Foil, some people want to exploit the potential of this sport to the full. In order to satisfy your desire for freeriding and trickery, we create efficient and manageable products. We take care to ensure that they are scalable, to follow you from your beginnings, to your desires for freeride and performance. Sharing our passion for foiling goes far beyond the creation of products, we make sure we give you the best advice for having fun on the water. Do you want to go to the next level and send your first jumps? Here are all our recommendations on “How to jump well in Wing Foil”, to push the limits of this sport.


How to jump well in Wing Foil (Level 1)?

THE SPOT AND THE CONDITIONS

Unlike some foiling disciplines, WingFoiling does not necessarily require powerful waves. It is perfectly possible to start on flat water for the first time. Ideally, however, you should start in a fairly windy session (at least 20 knots), with enough chop and/or swell to help you get the jump going. Also consider a spotlight with sufficient background. This is because you could damage your foil during the landing or if you fall.

EQUIPMENT

When you start jumping in WingFoil, make sure you are safe and equip yourself with protection, helmet and an impact waistcoat.

For jumping, a slightly smaller board will be ideal, because of its increased reactivity and its small size. These boards are usually equipped with foot-straps inserts, very useful for jumper. The straps will give you stability in flight, control and avoid losing the board in the air. A board that is too big will not be suitable for jumps at all. We advise you to have a board equal or lower than 5’5 (depending on the size).

For more information on the use of straps or strapless in Wing Foil, we invite you to read this dedicated article. Finally, to have maximum speed and an optimal jump, we recommend a fast foil and a relatively small front fin (less than 1500 cm2).

Find our SROKA quiver for Wing Foil jumper at the end of the article

THE PREPARATION

Well balanced on your board, crosswind, take the maximum speed by loading with your wing and your foil (i.e. by being notched as much as possible on your board by pressing on your heels and pulling on your toes). Take maximum power from your wing to accelerate. To do this, put the sail facing you as vertically as possible to get the maximum wind. Position yourself on your preferred side to start jumping.

THE IMPULSE

Locate a section (a chop or small wave) in front of you.

As you reach the top of your wave, flex more and more on your legs (three to four metres before) to prepare for the impulse and to get the most out of it of power (continue to grind while pressing hard on the heels). Your gaze should be focused on the impact zone (the area where the jump is triggered).
As you approach the top of the wave, climb slightly into the wind while continuing to gain maximum power.

Bend your legs, squat down and, just before impact (take-off), add pressure on your front leg to bring the foil down and then up again. This will generate an additional lift force on take-off (you should feel the board nosedive just before impact). Make sure that the front of the board does not touch the water, as this can slow you down and throw you off balance. This step is very important in order to maximise the power transmitted into the foil at the moment of impact and thus increase your chances of getting as high as possible.

 

THE TAKE-OFF

At this point, move slightly closer to the axis of the wind and continue to gain maximum speed. On take-off, put the weight on the back leg to raise the foil. Relax your legs by pushing on them to jump as high as possible.

You are jumping. You can now position the wing over your head by bending your arms (umbrella position).

THE FLIGHT

As soon as you take off, hold your wing above you like a parachute.Aim it so that you can glide as high as possible.. Pay attention to your position: do not lean backwards or forwards and stay as close together as possible to better control your flight and descent. In case of total loss of control, do not hesitate to disengage yourself from the board to avoid hurting yourself.

DESCENT AND LANDING

This is the second part of the jump. Stay together while keeping the nose of the board facing the sky, in order to land on the back of the board.

Keep your wing in an umbrella until the reception
. Extend your legs a little before touching the water to cushion the landing in the water and again bend them to dampen when the foil will touch the water. If your reception is successful, the foil will fly straight away once the board is out of the water.

For a smooth reception, never fall flat with all your weight. This could cause you to fall, injure yourself and break your board. Therefore, never land flat, prefer to land on the back of the board.

Learning to jump requires time and repetition. So don’t hesitate to practice.

 


Our SROKA quiver for Wing Foil jumper

Complete wingfoil package for performers, intermediate to expert level, with foil and WING by Sroka Company

Pack Wingfoil performance 4’6 Fast Flyer

The Wingfoil Performance 4’6 Fast Flyer Pack has been designed for the most experienced riders who want to take their jumps, turns and freestyle tricks to the next level. The combination of the lightweight and highly manoeuvrable Fast Flyer 4’6 (with strap inserts) with the Wing Sroka 2021 and the S-Foil 1750 will boost your performance and allow you to exploit the full potential of the Wing Foil.

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Wing Foil Pack Sky Rider

This hard pack is the perfect quiver for riders who are new to freeriding or looking for a little more volume. The Sky Rider 5’5, with straps inserts, has been designed for performance in Wing Foil. Like the Fast Flyer, all stages of production are 100% Made in Brittany. We are once again including our Wing Sroka 2021 and the S-Foil 1750 in this pack, a guarantee of quality, versatility and speed.

In summary:

  1. If you are a beginner, don’t forget to equip yourself with protections
  2. Choose a spot with a chop
  3. Set off on your preferred stance and gain speed by loading your wing and foil
  4. Locate a section to lean on, bend your legs to push the foil in
  5. Extend the legs to create momentum, while edging the wing as much as possible with the arm extended above the head
  6. Stay well above the board during the flight and descent
  7. Dampen by stretching the legs, pushing the front fin in first
  8. Keep the wing tucked above your head throughout the landing

Advanced tips/pros tips :

  • Take a look at the determined landing area
  • Take your time and go slowly