Foiling Tips and Tricks
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- Here you will learn some safety, how to stand, how to weight your board, some do'd & don'ts and the basics of foiling.
- Venture out in small waves, ideally knee to waist high at first.
- Get used to paddling around with the foil attached and moving your feet around the board.
- When catching a wave, try to get up quick and early on a wave.
- Back foot should be over the mast. If more lift is required, go slightly more back or if too much lift stay forward. More weight forward makes it easier to keep it down.
- Try to be over the centerline of the board with both feet and error more to the toe side. Beginners usually get too far on their heel side and rail board over and have them fall towards the foil. If you are on toeside, it is safer when rolling over the board.
- Anticipate the foil coming up and lean hard on front leg to put it back down immediately (do not wait for it to come up, and be too late).
- You want to fly it pretty much parallel with water surface. Usually when first learning you will have nose to high in the air. Nose down helps the foil accelerate, nose up will stall the foil.
- Bigger the wave, the more you have to keep the foil down because it will lift up harder with the speed of bigger waves.
- If you cannot keep foiling, try to high line up on the swell face and go down the line and not get out into the flats. This will help you keep your speed up.
- When you start to lose your speed , start to cut back the other way and go high line again to gain the speed back the other way.
- Pumping the foil up and down will also help maintain/increase speed as and when needed (try using your paddle also when pumping).
- Stay away from other water users as a foil travel's pretty fast and always wear a leash.