The Elusive flat water Pump – Ramblings  by Dom Hoskyns

Landing with both feet on the board at the same time is essential, or at least NOT landing with your front foot first. If this happens you instantly cause the nose to dive and its game over in a split second. It might be different if you’re doing a running start, but for cold starts from a boat or rock its essential not to land on the board on your front foot.

Landing with both feet facing to the side rather than my front foot pointing forwards seems to help with stability, especially with turns, but this is still early days in my testing 😉

COMPRESSION IS VITAL – bending forward/pivoting at your hips as you bring your front knee up to meet your chest. This allows you to have your weight forward enough to drive your front foot FORWARD as you drive the foil down. This is something that sounds easier to do than it actually is. Keeping the front wing of the foil as close to the surface as possible is the desired goal . I’ve been trying to do this action from the start but am only just beginning to get anywhere near the amount of compression i need. This particular movement is totally alien to me and as such it’s taking time to get used to the action. Slowly, very slowly it’s getting better. A really good example of someone who does this well is Beryl from the French surf company ‘Gong’. Check him out in the first 2 videos. The first one is from 2017 when he was using their low aspect ratio wing, and the second video is 2019 and he’s using their new HA wing – although it’s not as High Aspect as the Go foil GL wings.

You’ll notice that he doesn’t have to compress anywhere near as much for each pump on the new HA wing. I’m sure there’s other factors at play as well – like in the first video he’s probably on a much smaller wing for surfing, but if you check out the next video, you’ll see just how little compression the rider Kane de wilde does for each pump, and he is on a very HA foil wing – Signature 210 I believe.

From what I’ve seen (and I think I’ve watched just about every flat water start or foil pumping video on the internet by now) the new high aspect wings (like the GoFoil GL series) don’t need anywhere near the amount of compression with each pump – as long as you have the speed that is.

You may have noticed, I’m determined to crack this flat water hydrofoil pumping skill. My thoughts are that I have to keep on working on increasing the amount of compression on each pump, leaning forward so I can drive forward as well as down each time. So far in nearly every attempt I’m riding with my board almost touching the water, but in a couple of my latest attempts I actually got reasonably high on the foil, and that came about from raising my knee to meet my chest which helped me to drive my foot forward as much as down. I think this is really important as being higher on the mast means you can decrease your cadence and therefore last longer – it’s bloody tiring pumping at a high rate for any length of time!

Anyway all – Keep on Pumping – Loyaltothefoil