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Beginner Wing Foiling Guide
The newest sport to the watersports world of wing foiling can be confusing with adaptations and upgrades already being shown throughout product ranges; as well as a multitude of different wing and foil sizes and shapes.
If you’re new to the wing foiling sport, we want to highlight the main areas to focus on. There are the three main components you need to build a complete wing foiling package – the wing, the foil and the foil board. These components come in different sizes, but as a beginner we have highlighted a guide of what you need.
- The wing – the hand held wing you hold onto to steer and catch wind
- The foil – the hydrofoil that connects to the ‘fin’ or ‘foil’ box of the board. With speed this accelerates the board up and out of the water for the ‘flying’ sensation
- The foil board – the board you stand on with the wing in your hand
- The front wing – the larger front part of the foil that generates the lift
- The rear wing/ stabilizer – the smaller wing at the back of the foil to help balance and ‘stabilize’ the foil
- The fuselage – the part of the foil that connect the two wings to the mast
- The mast – the part of the foil that connects the fuselage to the board
As a beginner we would recommend going for a size between a 4-5m2. This is due to this size being suitable for the best winds to learn wing foiling – 14-25 knots. This size is good for learning also due to the maneuverability for the rider on the water. To decide between a 4m2 or 5m2 would also depend on your size. Generally if you are above 70kg we would say go for the 5m2 to start, and below begin with the 4m2.
Along with other watersports, the size of your rig depends on the wind strength. The stronger the wind, the smaller the wing you will need; and lighter winds will require a much larger size wing.
3m2 – 20-45 knots
4m2 – 14-30 knots
5m2 – 10-25 knots
6m2 – 8-18 knots
7m2 – 5-14 knots
The Foil Board
Whilst learning wing foiling, you want to be on a more stable board to get you going. The general rule we have found is when buying your first wing foiling board, go for a volume that is about 40L above your rider weight ( an 80kg rider would go for a 120L foil board). This helps when learning as the greater the volume the more you can actually stand on the board without it sinking before getting up on the foil, to help you get to grips with the wing.
As you progress in wing foiling, you will size down to a much smaller volume board.
As mentioned above, a foil is made up from a mast, fuselage and two wings (front and rear wing); all these components can come in different sizes and can determine your style of foiling.
As a beginner wing foiler we would recommend to go for a foil that has a larger surface area front wing, as this is what will provide you the earliest and smoothest lift on the foil to get up and going. The surface area to go for on a front wing would generally range from 1700-2000.
The tail wing to pair with this will be slightly larger than other foils but this is to help provide a smoother ride, which is where it gets it’s other name from, the stabilizer.
The mast with the foil is also best to be a slightly longer one, as this will provide a nice height above the water once up. Being higher will also provide a smoother ride as it can keep you from breaching any waves or swell.
The fuselage as a beginner should also be slightly longer to keep increased stability.
The foil set up as above is great for beginning and progressing, it also is a suitable foil to go out in lighter to medium winds that you need as a beginner (15-25 knots) and can pair nicely as a package with a 4/5m wing.
As you progress all components of the foil will get smaller to increase speed and turning abilities or lift for jumps.
As a beginner, we do suggest getting some supervised practice and tips before venturing out on your own, why not try one of our wing foiling lessons?
We hope you have found this helpful, if you have any other questions about beginner wing foiling or progression, please don’t hesitate to call 01202 700503, email email@example.com or even pop into our shop at Sandbanks.
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