Although the use of the wing itself is pretty easy, even for people with no previous wind sports experience, we do highly recommend getting lessons to get started. At GOFORTH.SURF we start you by playing and experiencing the wing on the on the beach; how to understand it, to hold it, how to de-power it and how to generate power. This normally takes a couple of hours.
Then you get to try it out on a normal SUP board to get into grips of using the wing to keep your balance on the board and how different angles impact both power delivery and help in changing the direction of travel. The wing is basically a massive grab-handle that you can use to prevent yourself from falling into the water. Soon after you’re ready to play around with the foil board.
The major interest of Wing Foiling is to be able to move with as much freedom as possible on the water by using both the energy of the wind and swells. The wing brings the power for manoeuvrability and take-off on the foil. It is possible due to the wing mobility to switch ways to ride in the same session: going upwind using the wind and the best axis of your wing to reach the fastest speed for example and then going downwind and surf the wind swells like if you were Downwind SUP Foiling.
The hydrofoil allows to take-off over the water and to fly over the surface. Wing Foiling is practiced on a short but wide and thick stand up paddle board to allow its rider to be stable and easily stand up on the board. We recommend to learn Wing Foiling in average wind conditions on a spot that is not exposed to the swell (between 15 and 20 knots of wind). It is easier to begin with a sidewind.
The fourth step is the actual take-off. You now have enough speed with your board so that the lift of the foil is activated. To facilitate this, you can perform a light “pumping” motion by successively lightening your weight on the front leg and then on the back leg to play with the angle of the front wing of the foil and make it more supportive. When the foil takes off, you must switch the weight on the front leg and hold the wing firmly while remaining straight to maximize the lift of the wind too. Repeat this sequence as many times as necessary (sometimes once, sometimes 100..) until you take off……