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How to surf a wave with a wing foil?

You already know how to wing foil and you want to take it to the next level? Do you dream of surfing waves by flying on the water, without the board ever touching the water? You are in the right place ! In this article, we will explain to you how to surf a wave with a wing foil, giving you advice on the choice of the spot, the position of the wing, the trajectory to follow and the maneuvers to perform. Whether you are beginner or experienced, you will find here all the information to fully enjoy this exciting sport.

Prerequisites for surfing a wave with a wing foil

What level of practice to start surfing?

  • Knowing how to navigate correctly: you have to master the basic principles of wing foiling, controlling speed and direction, changing tack, etc. It is also necessary to know the rules of safety and priority on the water.
  • Know how to master jibes: It is best to know how to perform them without losing control or touching the water with the board before trying to surf. Here you will find our illustrated guide that explains how to jibe on a wingfoil, step by step.

If you have these skills, you are ready to surf a wing foil wave! Otherwise, we advise you to train on a flat and calm body of water before venturing into the waves.

“With a foil like the 1350 Lift, you can surf the infinite on the slightest undulation of more than 20cm. It’s the best way to transform a rotten spot into a dream spot!”

Choice of spot for the wing foil

  • The direction and strength of the wind: it is necessary to favor a side shore wind (parallel to the beach) or side on shore (slightly oriented towards the beach), which allows easy navigation and come back on board in case of a problem. You have to avoid the offshore wind (which blows out to sea), which makes the return difficult and dangerous. The force of the wind must be sufficient to inflate the wing and make the foil take off, but not too strong so as not to be unbalanced. In general, we recommend a wind between 10 and 25 knots.
  • The size and shape of the waves: you have to choose waves adapted to your level and your equipment. To begin, it is better to opt for small, soft and regular waves, which allow you to become familiar with sliding and taking off. To progress, you can move towards deeper and faster waves, which offer more sensations and possibilities of maneuvers. Avoid waves that are too big or too breaking, which can be dangerous. You can also start easily in the chop and do your first surfing.
  • Available space: make sure you have enough space to navigate without getting in the way or being bothered by other riders. Priority rules must be respected.

How to surf a wave with a wing foil?

  1. Spot a wave that is forming and turn around in front of it, or at least sail in the same direction as the wave. You have to stand at a sufficient distance to have time to prepare and position yourself.
  2. Adapt your speed to the speed of the wave to get as close to it as possible. The goal is to be on it, without being too early or too late. You have to use the wing to speed up or slow down, by pulling or releasing the handles or the boom.
  3. Once on the wave, put your wing in a neutral position by taking it by the handle on the leading edge. This allows you to be more free and to truly surf. You have to keep the Wing above your head or to the side, depending on the wind.
  4. Adjust its trajectory according to the shape and movement of the wave. You have to orient the board with your feet and chest, keeping your knees bent and your gaze towards the horizon. You can adapt your speed and direction with the Wing, by moving it slightly and flexibly.
  5. If you’re going faster than the wave, you have to go in the direction of the wave, so as not to overtake it or lose it. If you’re going slower than the wave, you have to stay perpendicular to the wave, so as not to be caught or fall.
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What equipment for wingfoil surfing?

The "Classic" range

Classic foils have an average aspect ratio. They are easy to grip and offer good stability and maneuverability. They are ideal for beginners or riders looking to have fun in the waves or making transitions. They are available in multiple sizes, ranging from 1250cm2 to 2000cm. The 1250 is intended for experienced riders or very light beginners (-50 kg).

The "High aspect" range

High aspect foils have a high aspect ratio, i.e. a larger span compared to the rope. They are more efficient in surfing because they glide longer. They are also more suitable for light winds or soft waves. They are available in several sizes, ranging from 950 cm2 to 2000 cm2.

Front fender Surfing behavior
HA 1350 Hover infinitely over the slightest ripple. Perfect for chop, small swell and waves less than 50 cm. Ultra efficient at pumping. It is the ultimate wing for fun wing surfing and surf foiling in small conditions. 100% compatible with surf foil.
HA 1190 Lift Hover for a long time and carry a lot. Perfect for choppy water, small swells and waves less than 70cm. Very effective at pumping. 100% compatible with surf foil.
HA 1190 Speed Planes very long, takes more speed than the 1190 Lift but requires a few more centimeters of wave to plan as much, due to its faster and less buoyant Speed profile. Perfect in small, medium swells and waves under one meter. Very effective in pumping when you have a little speed. It will be more difficult to relaunch it in pumping if it loses speed, compared to the Lift version which can restart very easily at low revs. 100% compatible with surf foil.
HA 950 Perfect in swells over 50cm for effortless glide. We take a lot of speed with a lot of control.
Classic 2000 Very powerful, it is the wing that offers the most lift. A big guy can make his first surfs in waves or swell between 20 and 60 cm.
Classic 1750 This is the perfect wing for beginners in Wing. It allows average riders to learn wingfoil in the best conditions and to make their first surfs with ease.
Classic 1500 This is the perfect wing for beginners in Wing when you have a small frame (-60kg). It allows light riders to learn wingfoil in the best conditions and to make their first surfs with ease. 100% compatible with the surf foil for large sizes.
Classic 1250 It’s the perfect wing for carving and making the most of waves from 30 to 80cm for an average build (80kg). 100% compatible with surf foil.

If you still have questions about this, or for any other request, do not hesitate to contact us!

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