What makes wing foiling such an interesting sport for every water sport enthusiast? One thing is for sure the possibility to be on the water in super light winds. With your windsurfing or kitesurfing gear you would sit by the beach and get a tan – but with wing foiling you are already flying.
Less than 10 knots of wind out there? Usually you even don’t think about going to the beach – but thanks to wing foiling you are able to get a lot more days on the water.
This makes wing foiling super interesting for everyone. But to be on the foil in super light winds (light wind wing foiling) is not as easy as it looks like. You need a lot of practise, the right equipment and ideal light wind conditions.
We put together a little videos of example on how to get on the foil. The examples cover all kind of conditions. Have a look at the video here.
Video Examples – How to get on the Foil
We from WINGFOILDAILY asked some experts for Light Wind Wing Foiling tips. Of course it always depends on the conditions at your home spot, the riders body weight and skills and the equipment. We hope that these tips will help some of you, to get on the foil earlier.
Expert Tips for Light Wind Wing Foiling
We talked to Rider of the Week: Balz Müller about this topic. Balz Müller is known for his amazing skills in all kind of conditions – from very light to strong winds – in waves or just flat lakes. Here are his light wind wing foiling tips.
Balz Müllers weight is around 80 kg but he still is able to pump himself on the foil in only 6-7 knots of wind. He also is only using a small 58 l volume board. But how is that possible? The secret is beside a big foil – a lot of pump effort!
Is it more important to use a big board or a big foil to be flying early?
Balz Müllers opinion is clear: Better a huge Foil than a big Wing.
The bigger wing is much harder to pump up as the span is to wide and the wingtips touch the water all the time..
What equipment do you use to get on the foil in super light winds?
My MB-Boards Albatros 58l with the 4.5 Ensis Wing and the big W1100 (2100 cm2) Moses Hydrofoils foil.
Can you give us some secret tips on how to get on the foil in light wind?
I`m getting in both straps even before I lift up my wing. Bend your knees and stay with your body weight central above the board! Now standing on the board in both straps make sure your wing stays above and in front of you, if you realise your board don’t start to fly automatically you can try to pump it up! by pulling your front leg up and pushing your back foot down and creating that pumping rhythm! In meantime your hands doing the opposite “pumpin-circle” with the wing.
I recommend you to watch my “how to wing” clips on youtube…
With the right technique and a lot of practise you will be the first one flying at your home spot. Thanks to Balz Müller for his expert tips and his experiences. It is great to learn from the best.
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