As a surfer, wind surfer or kite boarder, you’re always looking for new ways to enjoy the waves and get the most out of your time in the water. Enter wing foiling – a new sport that’s taking the surfing world by storm.
So what is wing foiling? It’s basically a cross between surfing and kiteboarding with a hydrofoil attached! It’s also the perfect way to get an adrenaline-fuelled ride without the need for a big wave or strong winds. All you need is a foil board (Top 10 wing foil boards article coming soon), a wing (essentially a small handheld kite), a hydrofoil, a bit of wind, and you’re good to go. You can get started with a paddle board and a wing if you like and lots of places are offering lessons or rental equipment so you can give it a go before you buy.
The beauty of wing foiling is that it can be done in any conditions – flat water, choppy water, even small waves. And because you’re using a foil board, you can get up and ride almost instantly, without the need to paddle for miles.
So what are the downsides? Well, wing foiling is still a relatively new sport, so it’s not widely available yet. And it can be quite expensive to get set up, with a good foil board, wing and hydrofoil costing upwards of $3000 (£2400). But don’t worry – we’ll be putting together a guide to the best wing foiling kit for beginners on a budget and how to find 2nd hand gear for your first year or two on the water.
We will be expanding this guide as we learn more! Check out our guides below [most coming soon!]
I got out on the board again this morning, 2nd time out. Previously I was out at Coombe Cellars and managed a peak of 2s standing on the board. I didn’t just fall in fro my feet though, I also did a lot of falling in from my knees while trying to get on the board 🙂
This time, BIG IMPROVEMENT! I managed abut 15s a few times. I might actually stop counting while I am up on the board next time 🙂
Video below of one of my standing up efforts. Not 15s but you get the idea.
Still a fair way to go but I am making progress. This time I was up for 2s pretty much everytime I stood up. So hopefully next time 15s will be more like the minimum and I can mabe even start moving forward in the water. I also now know two places locally to go and try this stuff out which is great. So… more chances to get the practice I need.
You’ve decided to get into Wing foiling so you’ve forked out god knows how much to buy all this kit. The last thing you want is to mess any of it up by not taking proper care of it. In this article we look at how to pack away and care for your wing foiling wing.
How to pack your wing
You should follow these steps to pack your wing away, see below for additional tips for each step
Dry your wing
Deflate your wing
Roll your wing
Fold it up to fit into you bag, but don’t fold any windows!
1. Dry your wing
Firstly, unlike most of your kit which you would want to rinse off at the end of a session, you really shouldn’t do that with your wing. The reason is that you are unlikely to get it completely dry before putting it away. With salt water this would usually be fine and nothing is likely to grow in any damp corners. However, with fresh water it is very likely you wil start getting mildew growing on your wing. That is unless you get it completely dry, which is always hard with such an irregular shaped thing. The last thing you want it to rush packing away at the end of the season, then find you’ve got a mildewey wing when you unpack it again.
The exception to the above might be if you are getting a lot of salt encrusted on your wing. If you do have to rinse with fresh water it makes sense to take a couple of precautions. Either make sure you completely dry your wing after rinsing, or be sure to take it out on the water shortly after rinsing. Either rinse at the start of your session or rinse when you know you are going to head back out on the water soon.
While rinsing isn’t required it is worth trying to mostly dry off your wing before packing it up. This is easily achieved if you anchor it down somehow while you get yourself sorted out. Firstly, flip the wing upside down to “de-power” it. Then either tie the wrist leash onto something solid, or put some sand over the wings to help weigh them down. Once it is all or mostly dry you can pack it away. As mentioned above, you don’t want to risk shifing the bladders around inside your wing, so you shouldn’t hang your wing out to dry if you can avoid it, better to dry it out on the ground.
If for some reason you need to pack it away while still wet do try to dry it once you get home. If you can’t dry it on the ground outside, hanging wet kit in the bath can be a good way to avoid making a mess of your floor. Just bear in mind the notes below about not twisting the internal bladders.
2. Deflate your wing
Open the valves on your wing and let it start to deflate. Don’t twist or manipulate your wing too much at this point. This is because you don’t want to risk twisting or shifting the bladders inside your wing which hold the air. Getting these out of place or twisted up could mean damaging your wing material or these bladders when you reinflate it. Instead, simply squash the air out without moving your wing around too much.
At this point it is good if you can be off the sand. While this may not be critical, getting a load of sand incorporated when you pack your wing away is going to lead to wear on the wing as it shifts around in the bag. So, since you don’t want to move the wing after you deflate it, this is your chance to get it off the sand before you let the air out.
3. Roll your wing up
Roll your wing from the outside corners towards the center strut. Don’t roll too tightly as again you risk twisting the internal bladder.
4. Fold your wing to fit into your bag
The key thing to avoid here is folding any windows. The plastic they are made from is too easy to crack over time, especially if it is folded once or even multiple times over. So take care to fold up to the edge of windows but to leave the widow plastic rolled but not folded.
Given the constraints of any windows and the size of your wing bag it should be easy to see how it needs to be folded.