The new type of water sports is here to stay. It’s about the wingfoil. Starting in 2019 we began to see the first fans of Wing foil from the hands of the legendary Robbie Naish. Since then there has been a boom and we all want to learn this new modality in which windsurfing and foiling are combined.
There are some who indicate that it has more to do with windsurfing than with kitesurfing. On the other hand, it is very appropriate for places where kitesurfing is not allowed, since its ostentatiousness, having the kite at 24 meters, means that kiteboarding is not allowed. Also, it is actually more physical than kitesurfing as it requires more strength and technique.
In terms of aesthetics, it is attracting a large number of fans of kitesurfing and windsurfing that combine both disciplines.
GREAT ADVANTAGES OF THE WING FOIL
If you have any knowledge of windsurfing or have sailed on kitesurf foil you will have a lot of winnings. Since there are positive transfers from these modalities to the Wingfoil. If not, you will have to learn in the sand the operation of the wing before going to the water. Basic fundamentals of the first day in which we recommend that you learn to handle it with winds below 15 knots:
1.- Position with respect to the wind. Always with the leash connected to the wrist you will begin to feel how the wing works by keeping the arm closest to the leading edge extended and with the back arm you catch the wind.
2.- Grip of the wing and position of the arms. If at any time you have more power than necessary, release the wing of the boom or the handle and as it is connected to you through the leash you do not lose it but you do lose all the power.
3.- Once you keep the wing above your head and you start to feel traction by shrinking the arm behind you, generating more power. Also, try doing turns and transitions. Practicing the change of direction in the sand is very important so that later you can carry it out in the water.
4.- Once we have controlled the wing, we go to the water and control the wing on a Wing board with many liters (volume). His thing is a board around 140 liters but always without the foil, that is, just the board. Or as an alternative we can use a paddle surf board that will also generate a lot of buoyancy.
In this way we will begin to navigate and slide downwind with the wing plus the board to understand the position of the body. Creating body, wing and board coordination is the first goal. To do this we will place ourselves on the table on our knees and once we begin to feel traction we will stand up. It is very important to pump the wing so that traction is possible as well as to place a balanced position on the board.
Also add that for the foil to begin to develop its function and begin to support us, we have to pump with our legs in a surf position. This way the foil will start to build speed.
More info: Juan Ignacio Fernandez Candon