Foiling wing sizes explained

I thought I would take the opportunity to start to build a library of front wing sizes for quick reference. As foiling advances forward riders are wanting different performance characteristics and therefore most brands now offer a selection of wing sizes.

The first foil you buy is important as it has to be suitable for your deciding on the right size surfboard.  

Quick guide – remember this is based on a starting wing size for the appropriate weight in kg being pulled by a boat at 7 knots minimum – 10 knots maximum or surfing waves in the 2-3ft size range. As you progress and want to venture into bigger or even smaller conditions the wing size can change dramatically.The bigger the wing size, the more lift is generally achieved but a bigger wing has more drag than a smaller wing so bigger is not always better . There will be times when you could feel ‘over winged’ and the foil generates too much speed and lift and vice versa – foiling therefore requires careful riding and trimming to avoid wing breaches and wipeouts !

Bigger waves/ speed = smaller foils

Smaller waves/ speed = larger foils

This is a general size guide for those looking to get into surf or SUP foiling

Rider size 50kg -  1000cm2 + average wing size

Rider size 70-80 kg -  1200cm2 + average wing size

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

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


Naish Thrust M : 1032cm2 Naish Thrust L : 1235cm2 Naish Thrust XL : 1572cm2

KENALU 580 : 1084cm2 KENALU 775 : 1496cm2 KENALU 970 : 1994cm2

GOFOIL : 1200cm2 Kai GOFOIL : 1600cm2 Maliko GOFOIL : 1800cm2 IWA GOFOIL : 2000cm2 Maliko GOFOIL : 2800cm2 Maliko

Takuma V50 : 1004 cm2 Takuma V100 : 1245cm2 Takuma V400 : 1389cm2 Takuma V900 : 1968 cm2

AXIS 102 - 2051cm2 actual area / projected 2013cm2

AXIS 92 - 1852cm2 actual area / projected 1816cm2

AXIS 82 - 1528 cm2 actual area / projected 1443cm2

Cloud 9 P27 : 1406cm2

Cloud 9 S24: 1126cm2

Fanatic S1 1024cm2

Fanatic Aero 1500cm2

For Downwinding in ocean swell and depending on your experience the bigger the better for beginners, whereas as yo progress you can get up and foiling with a smaller wing.

Happy foilers taking a coffee break on one of our foiling clinics


For beginners a shorter mast is advisable and a wider board also more stable especially if learning behind a boat in choppy conditions , for slower speeds learning on bigger wing of 2000cm2 + will generally get a 95kg rider up in 5-7knots …perfect for learning the basics.


Thanks – Matt

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