Introduction WindfoilingThe new revolution in windsurfing
Learn to wind foil, carry on … and little guts
We are often asked whether wind foiling and especially learning to wind foil is difficult. There is no clear answer. But compare it to the next one. You can cycle on a normal bike with 2 wheels. Wind foiling can be compared by cycling on a unicycle. It’s still cycling, but keeping balance makes it harder.
That’s the same with wind foiling. If your sense of balance is well developed, you will be able to master it more easily. At least don’t expect you to fly away in one time. Even our top players, Jordy Vonk and Dennis Littel really had to learn. Although we have noticed that the younger you are (and especially children) the easier you learn. Anyway that’s 🙁 with a lot of things.
Wavesurfers in favor
When wind foiling you are standing up more than on a slalom board eg. Many slalom surfers stand on the side and give side-worth pressure on the fin to generate lift. In addition, a slalom surfer hangs a little more backwards. A wave surfer is already much more used to being more on top of the board, with the position also a little further forward than that of a slalom surfer. The chances of a (good) wave surfer is windfoiling the first time is greater than with a (good) slalom surfer.
A bit scary in the beginning
Sailing away is not exciting. You have to get into plane first (feel a little heavier than with a normal fin). Once in the foot straps, it’s a matter of lifting your front foot up slightly to send your board into the air. And yes, it starts. The first times, you don’t know what’s happening to you. It feels wobbly and there is a chance that you will keep going up. Usually the first time ends quickly in the water.
Most people will be able to fly a bit within 1 or 2 hours. It’s a matter of finding the right balance and stances on board. The rise and descent of your board send you to an important extent by leaning forward or to the back.
Once you’ve found the balance, you’ll soon notice that, for your feelings, you’re going to make a lot of speed. Speed you don’t have any real control over yet. And this at an altitude of about 1 meter is pretty scary. This is a matter of doing a lot and focusing on what the effect is of every movement you make when you’re on the board. Everything is much more sensitive than in normal windsurfing. Your own position (including the place where you put pressure), the position of your sail, the pressure in your sail (and where the pressure is).
Jibes can be done in different ways
Tacking is easy. Jibes is a different story. This can be done in 3 ways. The easiest way is planing jibes (so you don’t fly anymore). The second way is to start the jibe flying, where at the end of the jibe your board just hits the water to quickly foil after the jibe. The 3rd most challenging is to do the whole jibe flying. Way 2 and 3 is scary at first. Here too: practice makes perfect.
Follow a short workout for a faster start
We had to find out a lot ourselves, simply because there was hardly anyone who could wind up. In the meantime, we also take care of wind foil lessons,so that we can help you get started faster with good instructions and tips.
Practical tips learn wind foiling
Due to damage and shame, we have become a little wiser when it comes to wind foiling and in particular how to learn this best or easiest. Below are some tips we have for you;
- Be sure the water is deep enough. Getting stuck during wind foils is disastrous for board, foil and yourself
- Start with a breeze between 12 and 16 knots (4 bft), preferably when the wind is constant
- Start with a small and light sail. With 12 to 16 knots you can already foil with a 6.5m2, see also material guide
- Try not to waterstart The wind foil protrudes to the sides of your shelf and you can painfully bump into your feet/legs
- Also keep getting away from your board and make sure you step off on time (where it’s still deep enough)
- Opt for a wide board, at least 80 centimeters. This does depend on the type of foil, see material guide
- Mastfoot about 2-3 centimeters more forward compared to the position of normal windsurfing
- Boom 1 to 2 centimeters lower than normal windsurfing
- Place rear foot straps a little more inside (if possible)
- Many people make it feel safer when they foil with a helmet and impact vest