Pump Foiling FAQ

Pump Foiling Frequent Asked Questions

what is the best pump foiling board and hydrofoil setup for a 80kg person

There are many different pump foiling boards and hydrofoil setups available on the market, so it's difficult to say which one is the best without knowing more about your specific needs and preferences. In general, when choosing a pump foiling board and hydrofoil setup, you should consider factors such as your skill level, weight, and intended use. A good starting point would be to research different options and read reviews from other users who have similar characteristics to you. It's also a good idea to talk to a knowledgeable salesperson at a reputable watersports shop who can help you choose a setup that is well-suited to your needs.

What is the cheapest option 

When it comes to choosing a pump foiling board and hydrofoil setup, it's generally not a good idea to focus solely on price. Instead, you should focus on finding a setup that is well-suited to your needs and preferences, and that will provide you with a good experience on the water. While it's true that some pump foiling boards and hydrofoil setups can be quite expensive, there are also many options available at more affordable prices. It's a good idea to do some research and compare different options to find the one that is the best fit for you. Additionally, keep in mind that buying a cheaper setup now may not be the most cost-effective option in the long run, as lower-quality equipment may need to be replaced more frequently.

I want to foil for as long as possible

If you want to foil for as long as possible, there are a few things you can do to maximize your time on the water. First, make sure you choose a high-quality pump foiling board and hydrofoil setup that is well-suited to your weight, skill level, and intended use. This will help you get the most out of your equipment and ensure that you have a good experience on the water. Second, practice regularly to improve your skills and learn how to maximize your time on the foil. This will help you become more efficient and confident in the water, allowing you to foil for longer periods of time. Finally, take care of your equipment by storing it properly and performing regular maintenance to keep it in good condition. This will help ensure that your setup remains in good working order and allows you to foil for as long as possible.

whats more important the board or the foil

When it comes to pump foiling, both the board and the foil are important. The board provides the platform from which you will pump and ride, while the foil is what lifts you out of the water and allows you to glide across the surface. The board and the foil work together to provide the pumping and foiling experience, so it's important to choose both components carefully.

How many hours will it take for me to be proficient at pump foiling

The amount of time it takes to become proficient at pump foiling will vary depending on factors such as your prior experience with watersports, your natural ability, and the amount of time you are able to devote to practice. In general, however, it can take several hours of practice to become proficient at pump foiling. Some people may be able to pick up the basics relatively quickly, while others may need more time to develop the necessary skills and confidence. On average be prepared for 15-30 hours to become proficient.

It's important to approach pump foiling with patience and persistence, and to practice regularly in order to improve your skills and become proficient.

are there any other things i should consider?

In addition to the factors mentioned above, there are a few other things you should consider when choosing a pump foiling board and hydrofoil setup. These include the type of conditions you will be foiling in (such as choppy or calm water), your budget, and the type of riding you are interested in (such as freeride or racing). It's also a good idea to consider the brand and reputation of the equipment you are considering, as well as any warranties or return policies that may be available. Finally, if you are a beginner, you may want to consider purchasing a - click below 

complete pump foiling package

that includes everything you need to get started, rather than buying each component separately.

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The 'Dockstar' Foil Pump ladder

So you've found this page either by accident or you've be intrigued by watching someone throw themselves onto a small board above the surface of the water, off a ladder and onto a floating surfboard !

The rider is propelled forward by the lifting force of a hydrofoil, the ladder is just the means used to gain speed and height above the water, and some more advanced at this task will use a pontoon , a rock or even a log.

Enter British ladder expert company - CHASE LADDERS who after some prompting decided to take a design brief and design a ladder platform to help those crazy enough to want to jump off a ladder onto a  'bladed' floating surfboard.

It's an addictive pastime, making you want to win the game even though you don't see the finish for weeks.

We reckon on your own, you need to give foil pumping 15-30 hours of your time before you start to gain momentum and start achieving longer runs by part pumping - part hovering above the surface of the water for up to a minute .

The record is over an hour , and a US advocate of the sport Wake Thief aka Devon offers a free hat to those who achieve over a minute !

Why ?

Why indeed , Hydro foiling is the newest water sport on the scene and has many guises. The simplest is body, board and hydrofoil using rhythm and speed in the athlete to achieve flight until the imminent splash. Learning to pump foil is best suited to those who may have friends to help the process seem enjoyable, as after spending over a thousand pounds on the kit the hard earned rewards are made more euphoric when shared with a wingman.

Foil surf UK offers a 60 minute introduction to the Dockstar ladder , the board , the foil and the technique in Swansea , south wales .

You may leave with a ladder which doubles as an epic painting platform or the exhilaration of learning to skim the waves like a bird

For Details - email [email protected]

 


To Pump - Ramblings by Dom Hoskyns

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRiBV4DZrKw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCigsNXwTzs

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRGiYCWyXkc

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