How to learn Wing Foil?

The wing foil is a great mix between surfing and sailing, which allows to reach unforgettable sensations whatever your level. However, a few good basics are necessary to achieve good sessions and to consider your first flights. Here are all the elements to learn wing foil in good conditions.

Can you learn wing foil alone?

Wingfoil is a water sport accessible to all, whether you have already practised a sliding sport or not. It consists of sailing on the water with a board, a foil and a wing.
It consists of sailing on the water with a board, a foil and a wing. When we start a new sport, it is quite normal that we do not know much about it. This is why it is so much better to be supervised by professionals when taking your first steps. Indeed, you need to understand several parameters to avoid any risk of injury or danger. It is essential that you understand how your foil works in the water, as well as the rules of navigation. You must also be familiar with the characteristics of the water and the sailing conditions.

What are the ideal weather conditions to start WingFoil? Which outfit is best for this sport? What equipment should I invest in? To answer all these questions, there is nothing better than the opinion of experts in the sector.

If you want to progress quickly and efficiently, the best thing to do is to enrol in a course. WingFoiling is in full expansion, and many clubs or schools are developing around this practice, within the French Sailing Federations or independently. You will have no trouble finding a club near you. During these sessions, you are supervised by instructors who know the specificities of this sport perfectly.

The courses are also an opportunity for you to discover the best spots to fly over the water and get valuable advice on what equipment to get.

What courses are available to learn wing foil?

You don’t have to live on the coast to find a place to take windsurfing lessons! The lakes and waterways are great places to start and improve. Contrary to what one might imagine, Wingfoil courses are quite widespread in Ile de France. Visit one of the many water sports schools that offer courses to learn this new sport. Throughout France, these schools also offer introductory courses during the summer and school holidays for children.

In these water sports centres, you can choose between private lessons and group lessons given by professionals in the sector. You are free to choose what suits you best for a successful learning experience!

In addition to offering supervised and safe lessons, the schools lend you the appropriate equipment you need for your wing foil sessions (board, wing, hydrofoil, helmet…). This is something that should not be overlooked, as equipping yourself in full can have a certain cost.

 

How long does it take to learn wing foiling?

Learning to wing foil can take more or less time depending on your profile. People who have already practised board sports such as surfing, kitesurfing or windsurfing for example, will tend to progress more quickly. Don’t worry, even if you don’t have a background in water sports, WingFoil is still accessible. The first sessions allow you to become familiar with the wing and the hydrofoil. You can learn how to handle your kite and find the right position on the board.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s time to build up speed and get the hang of the foil. It is necessary to position the wing above your head, while orienting it in an axis facing the wind. Like a plane, the foil will take a horizontal speed and slide. This will generate lift and lift your foil. Lightly pump your board and sail to gain speed and activate the lift of the foil. The aim is to fly over the water for a thrilling experience. The duration of the flight will evolve with time and your ability to manage the weight distribution on the board, and the orientation of your sail.

To give you an idea, the first flights usually come after 6 to 8 sessions of 2 hours for a person with no previous experience but with a good physical condition. In wing foil, the learning time depends on the equipment used, the physical condition of each person, their size… And logically, the more time you spend in the water, the more you can progress.

Above all, keep in mind not to be too impatient, take your time otherwise you might hurt yourself or damage your equipment. Not getting to your desired level as quickly as you thought? Persevere and don’t worry, you’re bound to get a good feeling no matter what your level.

What are the techniques to pass a level in wing foil?

Once you are comfortable on your board, can handle all the equipment simultaneously and can fly away from the shore and back to the shore, a multitude of techniques are available to you such as:

There are many other techniques and tricks (backflip, 360, downwind…) to perform in Wingfoil that you can perform as you progress.

The advantage of this discipline is that you don’t need too much wind to get a good feeling. Therefore, every day with wind is an opportunity to get out on the water and make a little more progress. Wing foiling requires a bit of stamina and willpower but the results are truly fantastic. After a few hours of intensive lessons, get ready to literally fly over water! Unforgettable.

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