30 Apr What is Wing Foiling and how to start?
Wingfoiling is a fun and exciting sport that has been gaining popularity in recent years. It is an excellent way to explore the ocean and experience new adventures on the water. For beginners, wingfoiling can be a bit intimidating at first, but with the right equipment and knowledge, it can be easy to learn. In this article, we’ll discuss how to get started with wingfoiling, what equipment you should use, and what conditions you should aim for when out on the water.
We’ll also break down wingfoiling for beginners step-by-step so that anyone can join in on the fun! So if you’re looking for an exciting new sport to try out this summer, wingfoiling just might be for you!
How does wingfoiling work?
The main goal of wing foiling is to use both the energy of the wind and swells to move as freely as possible on the water. While Downwind SUP Foil is harder because it only uses the power of the swells, the wing adds a lot of maneuverability and aids in a simple takeoff with the foil.
Therefore, it is possible to switch between different riding styles during a session thanks to a wing’s lightness and mobility, such as going upwind to use the wind and your wing’s best axis to reach the fastest speed and then going downwind to surf the wind swells like you would when downwind SUP foiling.
The hydrofoil enables floating and flying over the water’s surface. A short, broad, and thick SUP is used for wing foiling so that the rider may easily and steadily stand up on the board.
Starting with Wing Foil enables the rider to not only gain new riding sensations but also to maneuver freely and easily on any body of water while maintaining relatively easy-to-use and mount gear. Any wind direction can be used for practice, however downwind with a sidewind will be more entertaining. Additionally, it is possible to practice wing foiling in the waves and return to the line-up and connect the waves.
What conditions are best to learn wingfoiling?
We advise learning wing foiling in average wind conditions (between 15 and 20 knots of wind) on a site that is not exposed to the swell. To avoid being driven away from the coast (offshore wind) or constantly being thrown back to the shore (onshore wind), it is easier to start with a sidewind (side-shore).
It is important to choose your location carefully to avoid floating seaweed or any other floating debris that could prevent your foil from taking or damaging it. Additionally, we advise choosing a location with a bay-like shape. This makes it possible to return simply on foot with your gear if you stray too far from your starting place.
Finally, it is best to practice in water that is a specific depth: shallow enough so that you can easily get on the board with your feet touching the bottom, but deep enough so that the hydrofoil does not touch the bottom. Once you are an experienced wing foiler with a standard body type, such as an 80 kg person, you can practice wing foiling from 8-10 knots to 35+ knots.
What type of equipment to buy?
If you’re interested in purchasing equipment for yourself we suggest the v.3 Rocket Wing along with a brand new Strike CWC which are available in all different sizes. Now along with this set, you will have to choose a complete foil setup and we suggest either the Phantom carbon or Eagle, specifically designed for the light winds that are very frequent in the U.A.E.
If you have any issues choosing the size of your equipment and you require an expert opinion please feel free to call us or reach out on +971566439975 or +971505626383.