Learning to Foilsurf

Learning to Foilsurf - Here are a few answers to questions we get asked !

What board ?

You will want plenty of foam under your feet whether you choose to prone or SUP foil. Why? ...well you are pushing the potential of surfing waves which you can't catch on a conventional surfboard so you need all the paddle power to gain momentum and speed. For SUP Its the same, the volume and shape of the board will dictate how stable the board is. The parallel shapes work well for retrofitting. If you choose to retro fit a board make sure you get a dedicated US foil box. Look at what dedicated foil boards offer that your old surf or SUP board does not, a wider tail with thick blocky rails allow for early take offs and chamfered rails for flow and retention of speed on touch downs with the surface.

See our selection of SURF foilboards here or SUP foilboards

How Good a surfer/ SUPer do I need to be ?

We would say you need to be a competent intermediate to advanced stand up paddler or surfer, by this we mean you should feel completely natural in a range of conditions.There is a level of risk that goes with foiling so time should be taken to protect yourself with at least a helmet , impact/ buoyancy vest and leash.

know the spot you're starting at too !

Learning to Hydrofoil 

What Foil is best for you?

Firstly as you progress with foiling you may want to change your mast or wing sizes to suit different conditions and surfing/ foiling spots. Therefore research if your chosen foil is modular and that parts can be interchanged or replaced.For prone paddle in surfing you are generally paddling and taking off on the shoulder, so a smaller wing is better to start off with, as you progress and want more lift in weaker conditions you can then look to get a bigger wing which will flow and glide better in weaker areas.

Mast size is something you get to grips with, We wouldn't worry too much about shorter masts unless the spots you want to foil are shallow . You will carry more momentum and speed if the mast is taller allowing you to pump the wing. On average most surf foiling masts are 60cm tall

This is our general foilsurfing wing size chart but as you progress you can adapt and learn to use bigger or smaller wings. 

Rider size 50kg -  1000cm2 + average wing size

Rider size 70-85 kg -  1200cm2 + average wing size

Rider size 90-100 kg -  1400cm2 - 1800cm2 average wing size

Rider size 100-110kg +  1600cm2 - 2000cm2 +average wing size

Have a browse at our great selection of surfing foils 

Why do some foils work better than others 

There is a noticeable difference between kite surf foils and surfing foils. Wings with volume ( thicker in profile) will get going at slower speeds than thinner profile wings which tend to need more power, speed or larger waves.This is why it's hard to foil surf using kitesurf foils and these should be avoided unless you're an advanced foiler. 

Foot placement?

You should aim to be planted in a crouched position with weight over your front foot with chest facing forward like you are IRON MAN with a light beacon in your chest. This will help you adapt to the 3 axis of balance ( pitch, roll & yaw) if you pop up and lean back too quickly the foil and board will jump out from underneath you. Understanding the sensitivity of the foil will take some time to adjust your balance to but keeping the foil down is the hardest thing to master.Some boards have foot strap inserts , some people will choose to use them to their advantage and other will not. For Foil downwinding and surfing bigger conditions they can be beneficial. There is one pro footstrap argument which leans towards their use - that being the board and foil not being able to fall out from under you if the wing breaches the surface, as you can push the board away with your feet . We do like using footstraps and find them beneficial in getting feet in the correct position and providing great leverage but lots of the new foil specific boards coming onto the market have a ridge deckpads down the centre line of the board.

Alternatives are arched tailpads   

What is it actually like to foil ?

Its fast, silent and smooth and it will change your perception of what is ridable . Its not like your learning a new sport its adapting how you look at the water .New spots will appear before your very eyes after years of avoiding them and you'll be frothing for more.

What sort of conditions can you Hydrofoil surf in ?

Pretty much any , your foils are the limit , but to start with small waves and little to no wind. learning on a cable or boat will get you adjusted to what is achievable then try and hire or get some equipment  

Should you wear safety gear ?

Helmet, impact vest and leash 

Getting in and out of the water ?

If its a shallow spot, walk out with your board upside down with foil in the air until its deep enough to drop the foil and paddle. If you are SUP foiling you can use your paddle to check the depth of water. Another indicator is how the wave breaks  

Know you chosen spot 

The spot you choose to learn to foil at should not have steep breaking waves or be a busy spot with too many people.

We hope you found this informative and we look forward to getting you started in foilsurfing !


Spills before Thrills

Learn to foil they said its Fun ! ...It's great but not without it's spills before Thrills !

 

 


Axis Foil Downwind

 

We love this lil video from Axis foils ...great drone downwind footage and great foot tapping electro tune, the footage of the guy riding the yellow board is using a Axis foil, the other guy is using a Go foil Maliko 280 by the looks of things !

We have the 92 and 102 available in store and a Demo 92 for you to try amongst other great downwind foils...book onto one of our 2 hour UK based foil clinics 

Buy from us here  AXIS FOILS


Fanatic SKY SUP foil

Fanatic SKY SUP foil

Excited to open the NEW  2019 fanatic Sky SUP foil board up last week ...and ready for testing !

The shape is specifically designed to give stability for paddling and manoeuvrability when foiling. Capitalising on the board’s awesome small wave performance, the shorter length keeps the Sky SUP agile on even the smallest of waves and controllable underfoot on bigger, faster surf.

The unique concaved deck shape and bevelled rail provide powerful, hard turns without fear of catching a rail, whilst the track mounted foil allows fine tuning for lift and different styles of wing.

The Sky SUP has been designed to bring a refreshing new dimension to your boarding. Gliding on ocean swells, harnessing new sources of power in the surf and transforming tiny onshore conditions into awesome days. No matter what conditions you wake up to, every day is a waveriding day with the Sky SUP! 

The 7'0 x 31.5"  on test will suit the heaviest of riders - having 145 Litres 

0% FINANCE AVAILABLE is available - or order the Fanatic Sky surf foil board here 


Available sizes - 7'0 x 31.5" 145 litres

Or pre order below

6'4 x 27" 96 litres ​

6'6 x 30" 115 litres

6'10 x 31" 132 litres

 


Foil Clinics

Some recent shots of customers of our foil clinics 

UK LEARN TO FOIL CLINICS

 


Takuma Efoil

Takuma concept dropped a big fish recently so to speak, at the SURF EXPO in Florida by announcing their latest product into the line of evolving Hydrofoil products.

Already founding an extensive range of hydrofoils and boards into the surf, sup and kite market, this is an exciting product from Takuma concept

The Takuma E foil Electric Foil board is hand controlled by a remote which allows the user to control the speed of the motor, the rider then adjusts their weight to stay in pitch and glide effortlessly across the surface ..no matter what the surface conditions are 

We cant wait to have a go at this electric foil boarding 

TAKUMA // FILM SITE from ORES Group on Vimeo.

The eTakuma concept has a modular design which means the board can be changed for use for various forms of foiling.

 

  • E-FOIL - using the motor for propulsion
  • SURF FOIL - use the wave for propulsion
  • SUP FOIL - use the wave/ paddle  for propulsion
  • WAKE FOIL - use the boat/ wake  for propulsion
  • KITE FOIL -use the kite for propulsion

Some really innovative features include the following

 

Speed ranges from 8km - 30km/h which is max speed of 18mph !

 

COOLING SYSTEM WATER / AIR COOL

Takuma's team have developed a unique innovation around the E-foil cooling system.Our “WATAIR COOL” system in Anodized Aluminium is specifically designed and patented with BB Talkin who specialize in waterproof Bluetooth connectivity devices.

The Water/air cool system will cool down the ESC both on water and in the air, allowing for an optimal management of the electric system temperatures. 

What this means... Batteries get really hot and they have looked to manage this by designing this functioning feature

Learn more about this in this image here  - http://etakuma.com/pdf/E-TAKUMA_WATAIR_COOL.pdf

ADAPTED AUTONOMY

On water, battery autonomy is between 45 and 75 minutes, depending on surface water conditions and your experience level. Our product has built-in Samsung Lithium  batteries, the same system used by TESLA cars, the SAMSUNG 48V/35A

So we'll keep you updated as this new efoil comes to market...if your are interested in ordering one this is possible  

 

Reserve yours today ... 5990 Euros - email us at [email protected]


Fanatic SKY surf foil board

So we have our hands on the new 5'6 Fanatic Sky surf foil board !

Here is what Fanatic have to say... 

The Sky Surf brings foiling to the wave face in its purest form! Our new dedicated foil surfboard lets you catch waves earlier, glide on ocean swells and carve powerful turns on the smallest of waves.

With its compact shape and relatively high volume the Sky Surf is designed to be super easy to paddle and an absolute ripper on the wave. Offered in three sizes, both with stacks of volume, they are the perfect platform for all levels of foil surfing.

By keeping the board short, wide and light the Sky Surf is extremely responsive underfoot and offers a huge amount of performance on the wave. Its reduced length allows it to fit easily on the wave face and gives scope for radical turns on even the smallest of waves.

Unique features such as the double concave deck, adjustable foil mount and channel bottom give this dedicated foil surfboard the necessary magic to boost performance and stand out from the competition.

Official dims of this range

4'10 x 20 - 33 litres

5'2 x 21 - 42 litres

5'6 x 22 - 51 litres (on test and in photos) 

We'll be testing this board on the cable and in the waves.... so check back soon !

Buy this board here Fanatic Sky surf foil board


FOIL

These are links to some other foiling articles we have written , we hope you find them useful !

http://www.supgower.com/2018/03/hydrofoil-wings/

http://www.supgower.com/2017/12/paddle-foil/

 

http://www.supgower.com/2017/12/foiling-what-i-now-know/

http://www.supgower.com/2017/02/my-first-foil-visits-sup-foiling-the-basics/


What to expect from Us !

We fallen in love and what to share the stoke and passion of foiling, so with that in mind were about to embark on a field of video reviews of boards , foils, leashes, mounts ...anything which makes foiling easier or more fun or helps you get to grips with it !

Here is a list of what to expect soon 

Fanatic SKY SUP 7'0 x 31.5

Fanatic SKY surf 5'6 x 22 board

Go foil Maliko 200 , Maliko 280 , Iwa 180, Kai 120

Axis 92 , Axis 102 foils

Takuma v400 & V900

Neil Pryde Glide surf

Foil mount Tuttle to plate adapter

ION SUP core safety coiled Hip belt leash

Watch this space !


Neil Pryde - GLIDE SURF foil

Neil Pryde have been servicing the windsurf foiling trend for a year or so now and the Newly anticipated 'Glide surf ' foils are about to drop .

Andy Chambers of Neil Pryde popped by The SUP Hut to show us the foil .

 

First Impressions - A lightweight hybrid foil with a super stiff aluminium mast and fuselage and G10 wings. Featuring a really nice inter changeable board mounting system so no matter which system you prefer  (track mount or Tuttle) you're sorted for fixing to your board. The NEIL PRYDE GLIDE SURF Large has a 1600cm2 front wing which is fantastic for Surf foiling for the heavier rider or for lighter riders who may want to try SUP foil downwinding. Titanium bolt hardware, whats not to like ......!

The NP:GLIDE SURF is an exceptionally durable high-performance modular Aluminium/ G10 surf foil designed with emphasis on control, stability and early take-off.

Available in 3 wing sizes Small / medium and Large at 1612cm2.

Large wing 1612cm2

Medium wing 1225cm2

Small wing 1032cm2

We will have stock of these and a demo - the pricing is also very competitive for a large foil wing with this setup and features .

 

To order you Neil Pryde glide surf  foil click here BUY NEIL PRYDE GLIDE SURF FOIL