Departures and first edges in wing foil
The wing foil is a practice that is developing very quickly in the world of boating. And before sending 360 degrees, you have to go through the learning process! So we will talk about the first steps in wing foil: departures and first edges.Feel free to consult our complete guide to learn wing foil .
Move away from the edge with the wing foil equipment
To get away from the shore, we recommend that you tie your board and wing leashes before going in the water. Then, turn the board over on the water to position the foil towards the sky. Use it to move forward and away from the shoreline while keeping your wing out of the way to prevent it from getting caught in the front wing or stabilizer.
Once the water reaches your belly, you can turn the board over and get on it on your knees. The ease with which you can stand up will depend on your board.
The larger it is, the more stable it is. On a board larger than 100 liters you can stand up straight and then move forward quietly, like a stand up paddle.
If the board is less voluminous, start on your knees. Be sure to keep the kite high above your head so that it doesn’t drag in the water. As soon as you see the gust coming or feel the pull, lean the kite on the water, and give a push to raise the front leg and then the back leg.
First edges in wing foil
Once you’re up, you need to master the wing. To keep the wing elevated, remember to keep your front hand above your back hand. The kite is curved and just needs to pivot on its shaft, if you put your hand down it will turn down and throw you off balance.
If you feel that you are gaining too much speed and/or are off balance, release the back hand while keeping the front hand up.
To turn if you don’t fly completely, use the leading edge. Move your hands: the back hand takes the place of the front hand, and the front hand rests on the leading board. At this point, push the kite backwards to rotate the board and retrieve your kite and place it into the wind.