First foilboarding

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    zarka
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    Hello!
    I saw a video today about foilsurfing and I immediately wanted to try it out. But I have some questions before I can have a board.
    My situation: I live in Estonia, where is no waves and I do not have a boat also. That is why I like to foilsurf, because i saw that it can be done only by just pushing movement.
    What kind of board I should get myself for this kind of action? Foilsup, foilsurf, foilkite, foilwind? What is the difference between them?
    Which foils and stabiliser i should choose? A wide, narrow, thin, thick, large, small, wavy, with curved ends etc.?
    What kind of mast length I should choose?
    My goal is to get the feeling of riding easily at first by pumping and then if I will be advanced, I can always change them.
    I have surfed, SUPped, and windsurfed a little also before.

    Sincerely,
    Joosep Sarapuu

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    chrys
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    Howdy Joosep, I had similar questions…. and still do, I have bought a board and foil and have only been in the water 3 times. but over the winter months I have been writing down tips and tricks…. I do not know how accurate this all is , as I have barely had a chance to try it out and get any good. I thought if i release my list perhaps we can get more discussion on this and we can all learn more together.
    Below is what I have gathered –

    PPE
    Vest
    Helmet
    Leash

    Exercise
    Deadlift
    Squats
    Core
    Info board

    Falling
    Better to fall forward ‘drive foil down’
    Or to the side bail away from board.

    Surf report
    Watch swell
    not wave report

    Gear and placement
    bring a key out with you to adjust base plate and try other positions.
    Balance point of foil:
    Loosely install foil to board.
    Flip upside down.
    Hold front wing, 1/3 from leading edge.
    Adjust as needed and tighten.
    1/4” of mast placement makes a difference.
    Tighten all.
    Front wing:
    Low aspect for learning – slow easy stable – blow out at high speed (aspect ratios high 10:1, mid 5:2)
    Mast and position:
    Smaller mast for less room for errors (to start)
    Longer mast gets over chop.
    Further back creates more back foot pressure.
    Rear wing position and size:
    Neutral – ensure stability and control
    Down tilt – higher stability and control in light winds. More lift and low end power. Best for heavier riders
    Uptilt – reduce drag and lift. Better for lighter riders and heavier winds.
    Large rear wing is easier to pump.

    Practice
    Stay low with front foot pressure.
    Front foot control.
    Paddling.
    Weight forward of center, keep momentum moving

    Pumping
    Get to optimal speed.
    ‘Slower then you think’
    Push down with front foot/ kick up with back foot and unweight front foot (learn to ollie).
    Learn rhythm of foil.
    Easiest in shallow water, with current.
    Short up and down.
    Use least amount of energy.
    Short pump.
    High on mast.
    High speed more rear foot pressure. Forward arms @ low speeds.

    Foot position
    Rear foot further back (behind wing) creates lift.
    Rear foot on or forward of mast for glide.
    Forward to prevent breach.

    How to start
    Easiest behind boat, 9-13 knots.
    Not in waves.
    Easier with paddle then prone.
    High tide (non-hollow).
    Start with both feet forward.
    Practice going up and down to learn control.

    ***again I am new and only learning. these are tips I have heard and would like to try out***

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