Efoil experience

There is lots to learn even if you are an experienced surfer or Waterman.

We are proud to announce we will be offering a  90 minute introduction to the Electric Hydrofoil board from Takuma, including board set up, and up to one hour of riding (one battery life)

 

Hydrofoiling or ‘e Foiling’ as its now known is all about the basic skill of balance albeit in 3 different ways , like controlling a plane ..adjusting Pitch , roll and yaw but over water.

However foil stance is also very important, you cannot just simply adopt the same stance you would on a surfboard for instance.

By watching videos you'll also become familiar with the classic variations of the foil stance. Practice this forward weighted foil surf stance by taking a few minutes to program it into your muscle memory. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine slicing the board in two nose-to-tail and then glue back together, that cut line is where you need to position each foot . Being able to balance and rise above the water is about centering your weight directly in the middle of the board. 

When learning on the Efoil board you also have throttle control of your speed . If the surface of the water is flat it will be easier to adjust your balance and also your speed  - a bit like flying an aeroplane in calm conditions versus in turbulence, no one likes a bumpy ride.

To learn to 'read water' focus on the surface, If there's a choppy texture on the water then it's important to be aware of your balance more and read the surface like surfers do or how a skier or  snowboarder looks ahead of their current path as they hurtle down the mountain!

When you're ready for a lesson Click Here to book your foiling experience.

Location - Mumbles - Swansea

We DO NOT rent the units

Who can try it ?

People who have had experience surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and/or foiling will quickly be able to master the Foil.

For those with no experience, yes you can join, you just may not have the acquired balance skills to stand. Foiling on the board lying or kneeling down is still great fun !

There is lots to learn even if you are an experienced surfer or Waterman.

Do I need to be an Athlete to do this ?

You need to be physically fit and confident in your swimming ability .You will be required to swim during the session, you should be able to cover 75 metres if required.

What is included ?

Wetsuit and no changing facilities currently due to covid

This 90 minute Private 1-2-1 course includes introduction to the Electric Hydrofoil board from Takuma, set up and up to one hour of riding (one battery life)

You will be guided by our instructors into Swansea Bay riding your own efoil - whilst the instructor either rides theirs or instructs from a SUP board , we aim to be in bluetooth headset communication with each other.

Can others join ?

The session is per person , others may watch - Verdis cafe overlooks the water we play on in Mumbles.

Can I buy a efoil ?

Yes we can direct access to the unit in our store

 

Operated by Cor watersports .Our instructors are the most technically minded and have seats in the technical panels of the most prestigious teaching organisations such as British Canoeing and the Water Skills Academy.

 

Location - 

Mumbles - Swansea - SA34EE

A prerequisite of SUP paddling or surfing to an Intermediate standard is required to get the most out of this experience

 

Pay & display parking is available on site - SA34EE

All equipment is provided -  (wetsuit , helmet and buoyancy vest ) you must be able to swim

Price is per person per 90 minute session , or choose the 45 minute short blast and get a friend to book too!

Max weight requirement of 98kg - We will weigh you before we start .

 

Price includes VAT

Experiences start on April 1st and are available to be booked as Gift vouchers

 

We cannot rent the units without instruction - this voids our insurance

For Takuma Efoil purchasing from us  BUY ELECTRIC FOIL BOARD


Foil Footstraps

The compromise is using one front foot strap as getting both feet into two straps is quite a challenge. The front foot is more essential in my opinion than the rear.

What straps to use ? you can get away with using kitesurf footstraps if you have an old one lying around , we sell single foot straps from ION here .

What is important is selecting the correct screw to fix the strap - ideally stainless and usually 20mm in length

"Typically with surfboards, you only have the option to push down on the board to create pressure or control, with the strap you can actually lift and pull against the strap and that it’s extremely helpful when you’re trying to get going. You can pull that board up, on the first pump you can be much more extreme which is going to help you get up on foil much quicker. when I’m riding the waves with straps I feel much more in control, because I’ve got that level of leverage by using a straps. but I also come from a background of Windsurfing, so I’m very comfortable using it, a lot of people think that when they use straps you can get caught in them, and that’s true, you can ! But with just the slightest bit of kicking them away or pulling your feet out, you eliminate that risk, so It’s almost become second nature, something you don’t even have to think about. But your first couple times using them it can be scary until you get used to them and then it’s not even a thought anymore kicking out of them is quite easy. I recommend them but no, they’re not necessary. "

Dave Kalama


WSA Foil Workshops

WSA Symposium 19th 20th October on Gower

So on the weekend of 19/ 20th we hosted the first WSA hydrofoil workshop based from Port Eynon along side the WSA trainer meeting and Symposium

Coaching and knowledge is key with Foiling as it's a technical skill and expensive, so relatively niche although some would say its growing rapidly!
However we had a full boat of participants on both our planned clinics.
We were based off a rib , we gave basic land based instruction and safety briefing and then straight into it , starting participants off towing on their knees on a SUP foilboard and then trying standing.
We used a AXIS 92 'S series foil,  running the boat at no more than 12 knots to achieve lift.
The feedback we received was amazing, lots of enthusiasm and commitment to the foil.
Thanks to Matt Barker-smith of Foilsurf UK and Duncan Wallace of Newquay Watersports centre for support and Instruction. Ceri from Swansea Watersports for his boat skills and handling.
We have already been looking for next years venue, a tough choice to encompass so many great workshops that are in demand.

Are you ready to be Foiled ?!

Obviously there are many folk out there who simply are not interested in foiling but if you are you're reading this , there are probably just as many who are actively discouraging it - and I get that. It is, however, becoming more and more apparent that it's here to stay and a sizeable chunk of the uk surfing population is waking up to its benefits in less than perfect surf which, of course, we have plenty of here in the UK.  Seeing high profile surfers like Kai Lenny, John John, Twiggy and UK riders Alan Stokes and Andrew 'Cotty' Cotten onto hydrofoils is going to ensure the profile of the sport is raised further and it'll doubtless continue to captivate the imagination of many.

If it's here to stay then it's really of paramount importance that we are making sure that people who are looking to get started have access to the best information for them to do so safely for the protection of themselves and others in the water.

Here is a recent article from Carve mag about surf foiling - Have a read !

Foiled Carve mag article

There are many hydrofoils available on the market but some of them will not help you progress and build on your learning curve, the type of board you use is also of paramount  importance regardless if its a board you have decided to retrofit. 

We will be holding our annual Foil camp clinic in North Cornwall in April , DATES TBC - details here FOILSURF CLINIC CORNWALL 

Text Credit - Dom Yule - TKC sales for F-one and Slingshot contact [email protected]


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 !


Foil Clinics

Some recent shots of customers of our foil clinics 

UK LEARN TO FOIL CLINICS

 

Here are some reviews from our customers 

Steve Williams on 04/10/2018
3 reviews
Thanks very much to you both for the foiling lesson this afternoon. Great kit, great tuition. We had a huge amount of fun! Steve and Laura
Alec on 11/09/2018
3 reviews
Just back from a foil clinic with Matt. The tuition, encouragement and opportunity to try things out was fantastic. To get some experience of getting up and riding the foil, building some muscle memory and finding out that this requires reprogramming my surfing brain was invaluable. The equivalent of allot of water time, so well worth it. I was crap but still got up for some short flights. Humbling, in a good way and a great way to start.
Alex Wheeler on 28/08/2018
3 reviews
Had my first proper foil session today (taken a while to get my board sorted...). It was awesome, got some good (albeit short) flights and the tips you gave me on that course really seemed to help as I could register what I was doing wrong and try to fix it. Thanks for all your help learning to fly!

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/


Learning to Foil

We love foiling and have developed plenty of knowledge on how best to introduce newbies to the sport.

If you are keen to get amongst it but have held off because you've seen the cost of the equipment or heard frightening stories of "its dangerous'' !

Using a flat body of water and with help from our Straight line cable wakeboard system we can help you get to grips with how the Hydrofoils work and

demo some of the equipment coming to market from (Go Foil , Takuma concept, Axis, Naish , Neil Pryde, Ke Nalu and Fanatic)

No matter what discipline you are wanting to eventually master - Surfing, downwinding or flat water foiling, at our Llanelli facility @gowakeboarding

we can make a start !

More information on Booking for our 2 hour clinic is here LEARN TO FOIL