Imagine yourself flying like a bird over the water. You no longer surf the wave, but the swell! No need to wait for perfect conditions for surfing, all board sports with a foil board open an infinite number of spots and sessions
. No need to wait for the storm to have sensations. In fact, from 7 or 8 knots of wind, you can sail a Wingfoil
and feel the most total freedom.
is similar to a plane flying underwater, which generates a hydrodynamic lift force
by its speed, lifting the rider onto his support. Indeed, like an aeroplane that uses the suction force of air molecules, the foil uses the suction of water molecules. The density is higher than that of air, which increases the upward suction effect with speed. The fins are parallel to the board, while the mast is perpendicular, which allows you to control your foil by simply pressing your feet on the board. The support can be a foil board, a kitesurf twin tip, a Stand Up Paddle, a surfboard or a Wind Surf or Wind Foil board.
Thanks to this, it is possible to fly over the swell, to move from one wave to another, partially or totally out of the water. In order to have all the keys in hand to make a success of your session, we invite you to discover all the functioning of this tool in our News & Tutorials category.
The hydrofoil was originally used on sailing boats, Eric Tabarly, a French sailor, was the precursor of the concept
! The concept then briefly appeared in surfing, before developing considerably on the Hawaiian and French coasts in the 2000s with the Kite Foil, notably thanks to Laird Hamilton, Paolo Rista or Dave Kamala
. The foil has revolutionised all board sports, and there is no doubt that this practice will be the trend for the coming decades.
It has the undeniable advantage of offering the possibility of multiplying the number of waves surfed during a session! Even in unsurfable conditions, you can surf and ride. Today, it can be adapted to all disciplines, from offshore racing to board sports: Kite Foil
, Surf Foil
, SUP Foil
, Wind Foil
, Wake Foil
or even Wing Foil,
the latest addition to the board sports world.