All information about WingfoilenA mix of windsurfing, foiling, supping and kiting
What is wingfoilen?
Wingfoilen is a new form of surfing, where you are driven by a kind of kite (the wing) on a surf board, where you float about 50 cm above the water instead of over the water. The board will fly through a wing structure called the hydrofoil, which is attached under the board.
From about 10 km/h, the upward force of the wings causes the board to be lifted up and you fly over the water. Due to the low resistance, you can achieve relatively high speeds with little wind.
Unlike windfoilen, you don’t have to be able to windsurf for wingfoilen. This makes wingfoilen more accessible to a wider audience. Having a good balance, feeling with the wind are important conditions to be able to pick up wing foiling quickly.
Just like when wind foiling, the foil or hydrofoil ensures that you are lifted out of the water at little speed. Because of the low resistance you can fly over the water with very little wind. The base speed to be able to wingfoil is lower than with windfoilen. This is because;
- The weight of the board and wing is a lot lower than of a windfoilset (board and rigging)
- On average, the surface of the wings of the wingfoil is much bigger than the wings of a windfoil
The wing most closely resembles a small kite, but without the lines. For the wing many techniques and materials have been used from kite surfing. The stiffness or ‘the frame’ of the wing consists of tubes just like kite surfing.
Wingfoilen a mix of various board sports
In the wake of the wind foiling, the wing foil has arisen. A cool and specatular variant of foiling, with a mix of well-known board sports such as kitesurfing, supping, wave surfing and of course wind foiling. Even more than when you’re wind-foiling, you have a ‘free feeling’ because you’re standing loose on the board. The wing is a lot lighter than your surf sail and also the board on which you stand is a lot smaller. All this gives you a lot of freedom of movement and invites you to ride a nice wave or do other trics.
Wingfoilen you really have to learn
For most people it takes a while before they have mastered the wing foiling properly. We know from experience that there are three challenges;
- You have to find your balance on a relatively small board, without your rig being attached to your board
- You need to hold the wing high above you and position it correctly so that the wing provides sufficient front thrust
- Staying stable in the air
The biggest challenge is to find your balance in the air. A normal board remains stable due to contact with the water. With wingfoilen, this contact is no longer there. You literally hang from your wing 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 ‘Learning Wingfoilen’ page.
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