How to make a wing foil tack?

The tack is a maneuver that consists of turning the float into the wind. In wing foil, its realization is the same as in windfoil but you have to learn to manage your feet and your wing in a different way. Feel free to consult our complete guide to learn wing foil .


Tack wing foil step by step

To carry out a tack, the important thing is to maintain a good lift at the foil level while trying to go upwind. You must therefore place your wing high and enter a curve with your back to the wind.

In order to maintain lift, it may be helpful to add a little pumping by pressing down on the back foot as you initiate the tack.

The movement of the wing is essential. It’s all about sending your wing over your head at the right time, completely the other way. Once you are facing the wind, you have to keep the curve.

Of course, you must not forget to concentrate on your support in order to continue to close the turn, to go and recover your wing on the other side and relaunch. The important thing is to keep your edge hold (curve) so that you don’t risk going back the other way. To avoid this, you must lean slightly into your turn.


When to switch feet in tack wing foil?

There are two ways to approach the change of feet and it will depend on your “strong” side, the one where you are more comfortable. The first technique is to switch feet before the maneuver and the other one after the maneuver. You may feel more comfortable changing your feet after the maneuver, on your strong edge. But it depends of course on your own feeling, you have to test to find your technique and fall less often.