We've been taken hostage by foiling now for 2 years ...so much to say the last two holidays have been loyal to the foil , it’s certainly easier travelling with boards under 6 ft in length !
Not all hydrofoils are made the same, some foils will make things easier but they will all do the same thing regardless of size and cost….Make you fly!
Your choice of foil will depend on
- What board you want to mount it onto (SUP, Surf, Kite)
- Your weight.
- Intended usage.
Check out our range of hydrofoils primarily made for surf foiling here.
Stand up paddle foiling is easier than prone foiling as you can position your feet correctly over the foil and centre line of the board before you feel movements skyward !
A SUP foil board will also give the paddler the ability to get the board moving quicker than with prone foiling. The paddlers choice of waves is also made easier by the higher visual advantage a SUP board obtains for successful surf foiling. Consider a board 20-30 litres over what you normally are comfortable on.
The boards are generally small and packed with volume meaning you can stand on small boards without feeling too unstable - Foil specific boards are designed specifically so will have an distinct advantage over using conventional style SUP boards with foil boxes , although for multi purpose use they are beneficial.
On average 1300-1600cm2 would be a good first time SUP foil wing.
The foil will give the board more stability from underneath the water.
Check out our full range of SUP foil boards
If you like the idea of SUP foiling but also WIND foiling check out our range of SUP / WINDSURF boards
SURF FOILING - Prone
Choose a boards shape you are comfortable with, It will paddle albeit with more volume than you might be used to. However you want to be catching soft waves and therefore the surf foil boards volume helps you catch waves a bit like big swelly board does.
The smaller you are willing to go the easier the foil is to pump from wave to wave, but remember ... long long rides mean a long paddle back out!
Generally as the prone foiler will be catching waves as they break the size of the foil front wing will be important.The reason behind this is because, a prone foiler is paddling into the steeper power zone of the waves energy and therefore foil wing sizes are generally smaller than a SUP foil board riders who can use a paddle to generate speed and therefore catch waves earlier where the wave power is less.
This should be factored into your initial FOIL purchase or at least check other wings are available with your chosen foil brand. On average 1200-1400cm2 would be a good first time prone foil wing.
Check out our full range of SURF foil boards
For SUP or Surf foil packages click here SUP & Surf foil packages
FLAT WATER FOILING
Will you be able to flat water pump ?
Yes, eventually once you have acquired all the skills to foil efficiently it can be achieved, although the bigger the wing the more support is achieved with your pumping to stay airborne. This means wingspan and wing volume will enable longer easier pumping. This should be factored into your initial FOIL purchase or at least check bigger wings are available with your chosen foil brand.
DOWN WIND FOILING
Will you be able to downwind foil?
Yes eventually once you have acquired all the skills to foil efficiently it can be achieved , although the bigger the wing the more support is achieved with your pumping to stay airborne. This means increased wingspan and wing volume will enable longer easier pumping. The conditions and your own fitness will also be under scrutiny.This should be factored into your initial FOIL purchase or at least check bigger wings are available with your chosen foil brand.
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