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What is wind foiling?
Wind foiling is a new form of windsurfing, with the wind surfboard hovering about 50 cm above the water instead of over the water. The wind surfboard will fly through a wing structure called the wind foil, which is attached under the wind surfboard. From about 20 km/h, the upward force of the wings ensures that the surfboard is lifted up.
Windfoiling the Olympic standard from 2024
The biggest advantage of the wind foil is
iQfoil the concept of Starboard/Severne will be the standard at the Olympic Games from 2024, this was decided in November 2019. From 2020 onwards, various one design classes with the iQfoil will be ‘rigged up’ worldwide to further develop wind foiling and to further boost the competitions. Learn more about the iQfoil and what it costs, read the article just all prices
Wind foils new and yet not
You may not have encountered a wind foiler (or hydrofoiler) on the water, but it’s been around longer than you think. In the early 1980s, hydrofoils were experimented with. The meters long boards that had a construction that were still most reminiscent of a hydrofoil. Over the years, wind foiling has been a bit of an underground thing.
However, since 2017, the major windsurfing brands have been seriously working on the development of the wind foils that are now for sale. This acceleration in development has everything to do with the overall trend towards (hydro) foiling within water sports. This has even led to wind foiling from 2024 onwards to become Olympic!
New requirements for wind foiling material
We are on the cusp of a whole new revolution in windsurfing. Although you still need a board and a sail, wind foiling requires other kind of equipment than a set with which you simply glide. Think about it;
- Lots of volume and wide tail of the boards for fast foiling and stability during foiling
- Plenty of scoop in the nose to avoid a catapult during so-called ‘nosedrops’
- Different foot strap positions, because your position on the board is more to the front
- Lighter sails, cut for low-end speed
- Use much smaller sails (approx up to 8m2)
- The shape of the sails also changes, because you have a different position on your board
Formulaboards & light weather slalom boards ideal for starting with
Yes a lot changes to the surf material, but from experience we know that formula boards and light weather slalom boards are ideal for wind foiling. This is because these boards already have the most important properties mentioned above. A board wider than 80-85 cm is basically suitable to start with wind foiling, at least if this board has a deep tuttlebox. Marketplaces are full of it. Under €500, – you can sometimes buy an old formula board.
Vinbox not strong enough
You can imagine that there are a lot of forces on the vinbox during wind foiling. A deep tuttle box is already stronger than a regular vinbox, but still the vinboxes in the new boards are extra reinforced. The fin boxes of formula boards are generally strong enough to make a good start with wind foiling. Does the box break down, you might consider having your board repaired and having an extra reinforced box installed.
Wind foiling you really have to learn
For most people,it takes a while before they have mastered the wind foiling. The biggest challenge is to find your balance in the air. A normal board remains stable due to contact with the water. With wind foiling, this contact is no longer there. You literally hang on your fin almost 1 meter above the water. Steering works many times more extreme than with a normal board. A small movement creates a great effect. Read more about this on the ‘Learn Windfoilen’ page.
Take a short wind foil course for a faster start
We had to find out ourselves, simply because there was hardly anyone who could wind foil. We take care of wind foil lessons, so we can help you get on your way faster with good instructions and tips.