How to Ride a Hydrofoil

Riding a foil can be counter-intuitive especially compared to other board sports. 

The goal of foiling is to be balanced on heel/toe pressure and front foot / back foot pressure. At first, you should focus on keeping the board as flat and level as possible side-to-side using only heel and toe pressure - no leaning. 

Your pivot point or fulcrum is over the front foil wing (not the mast), because that is what’s providing lift.  Foiling requires subtle movements and corrections, with little to no leaning or board healing, especially compared to surfing or wakeboarding, it’s definitely more about finesse than power.  

Highly recommend spending some time in no waves or chop behind a boat, unstrapped, practicing pop up and getting comfortable riding for a minute or more on foil.  Isolate the variables down to just feeling the foil, so you don’t have to worry about big sets coming in or how fast you need to go. 

Once you can start to do heel/toe steering and riding through the wake and chop, then you’re ready for some small mushy waves.  And jibing on wing foil will also be much easier, once you feel how little you need to carve the board.


Top tips:

1. Start by laying down on the board, then pull yourself to your knees. Start on a big foil SUP

2. Go to drop knee with front foot up. Front foot should be perfectly centerline at 90 degreed.

3. Stand up smooth and in balance, no leaning, with front foot pressure (Not enough to sink the nose of the board).

4. Can use heel side pressure to get outside the first wake.

5. Hip shift your weight for a second to the back foot to come up on foil.

6. Shift your weight back even on both feet to level out on foil.

7. Use only heel and toe pressure to keep the board as flat as possible - side to side. No leaning.

8. Practice pumping and accelerating out of the wake.

9. Jump free when falling. Don't try to save it.


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