ION CLUB Costa Calma // Windfoiling - first steps

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 ION CLUB Costa Calma // Windfoiling

 

Windfoiling is on everybody’s mind nowadays and a true revolution in the sport. You may have been sceptical about the whole foiling thing, but the fact is that everyone that has tried foiling has only positive things to say about it. The negative comments usually come from people who haven’t even tried windfoiling yet! Foiling is fun and addictive, so before bashing it, give it a try! 

Windsurfing legend Robby Naish summarized the foiling thrive in two sentences: “Foiling is about making windsurfing fun again, like in the good old days, where you were sailing whatever conditions. Get back on the water in winds that you would otherwise not even think about going out in.”

Today, you can even try windfoiling in a windsurf club, like ION CLUB Fuerteventura. This is ideal if you would like to try it before investing in foiling equipment, which is unfortunately still quite expensive.

Windfoiling is the perfect light wind weapon for when there is not enough consistent wind for traditional short boards. Windsurfing full-speed in 10 knots conditions with regular sails is now possible. Foiling offers a completely new dimension to the sport, as it gives amazing sensations of freedom, getting out on the water when you otherwise wouldn’t. A true revolution!

Are you convinced now? Here we’ll give you some advice and the basics to get going on a foil:

Easy to learn:

Windfoiling is easy to learn if you know how to windsurf already. You may find it difficult at first as you’ll need to understand the influence of your body weight and find the right position on your board. But after only a couple of hours, you should finally manage to take off on your first flights.

Optimal weather conditions:

Even if some manage to fly in very light wind conditions (under 10 knots), we would recommend that you start foiling with at least 12-15 knots and a relatively small sail (5 or 6 m2). That way, you will easily experience the lift given by the foil, and the rig will be light and easy to manoeuvre. You will only need to concentrate on your body position on the board to control the height.

Smaller sails!

Windfoiling is far less physical than regular windsurfing, as you are flying above the sea, without creating friction on the water’s surface. You will therefore need smaller sails for the same wind conditions, and you will not be physically tired after a session. The right sail size should be about 2 square meters less than what you would usually use. This makes windfoiling suitable for everybody, whatever age, size or gender. 

 

Protect yourself!

Windfoiling is not a dangerous sport. At first, you will for sure experience some “catapult” crashes, reminding on your very first steps on a windsurf board. Don’t be scared, crashes will not be violent due to the low speed when learning. However, you should take some precautions and wear a helmet and an impact vest. We also recommend wearing a wetsuit and boots even in warmer climates, just in case you kick the foil with your legs.

Let’s get out on the water!

We hope our advice will give you the right start in discovering an amazing new level of windsurfing. Want to know more about windfoiling and maybe watch some tutorial videos showing how to get going? Whatever you are searching about windfoiling, you will find it all in one, easy place – check out www.windfoilzone.com to get other tips and tricks to improve your windfoil skills! 

Words: Windfoil Zone // Romain

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