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What Is Wing Foiling And How Can I Learn?

Wing foiling, also known as wing surfing or winging, is a relatively new water sport that combines elements of windsurfing, kitesurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. It involves riding on a board equipped with a hydrofoil and using a handheld wing to harness the power of the wind to propel yourself across the water. The sport has gained popularity in recent years due to its accessibility and versatility, as well as the adrenaline rush it provides.

The equipment used in wing foiling consists of a board, a hydrofoil, and a wing. The boards are typically much wider and shorter than a regular surfboard, with a hydrofoil attached to the bottom. The hydrofoil consists of several components, the mast, the fuselage, the front wing, and a rear stabiliser. Many hydrofoils are modular allowing you to change certain components as you progress. Entry level hydrofoils are manufactured from aluminium and high performance hydrofoils are manufactured from carbon fiber. In simple terms, a hydrofoil works in a similar way to an airplane, once it has enough speed, the front wing creates lift and this allows the board to rise out of the water and glide along, reducing drag and increasing speed.

The wing, which is the most distinctive piece of equipment in wing foiling, looks like a small kite, parachute or some may say a bat wing. It consists of the leading edge, the trailing edge, central strut, and canopy. All wings are inflatable meaning they pack down into a tiny backpack when deflated. Inflating the wing provides the rigidity. By adjusting the angle and position of the wing, the rider can control their speed, direction, and even create lift for jumps.

One of the unique aspects of wing foiling is the ability to ride in a wide range of conditions. Unlike traditional surfing or windsurfing, which require specific wind and wave conditions, wing foiling can be done in light winds, strong winds, flat water, choppy water, and even waves. This makes it a versatile sport that can be enjoyed in a variety of locations, from lakes and rivers to the open ocean. At Be-Rad Watersports, we teach our wing foil lessons here in Pevensey Bay, East Sussex. Pevensey Bay is a fantastic location for winging, we often get consistent winds and flat water especially when the wind blows from the West. We are fortunate enough to have some first class wave riding conditions here too!

To get started with wing foiling, it's important to have a basic understanding of wind and water conditions, as well as proper technique and safety precautions. Beginners should start in calm water with relatively low wind speeds. This will provide easy learning conditions and allow you to practice controlling the wing and balancing on the board before attempting to ride in stronger winds or waves. It's also important to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) and use a safety leash to prevent the board from getting away from you.

As you become more comfortable with wing foiling, you can start to experiment with different techniques and maneuvers. Some of the most popular tricks in wing foiling include jumps, carving turns, and wave riding. Riders can also use the wing to perform aerial maneuvers, such as backflips and front flips and flat spins, although these require a high degree of skill and experience.

In addition to being a fun and exciting sport, wing foiling also offers a number of health and fitness benefits. It provides a full-body workout that improves balance, coordination, and core strength, as well as cardiovascular endurance. It's also a low-impact sport that puts minimal stress on the joints, making it a good option for people with injuries or arthritis.

Overall, wing foiling is a thrilling and accessible water sport that combines the best elements of surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. With the right equipment, technique, and safety precautions, anyone can enjoy the freedom and excitement of riding across the water with the power of the wind.

That Sounds Like Fun, But How Can I Learn To Wing Foil?

If you're interested in learning to wing foil, look no further!

1. Take a lesson: Wing foiling can be a challenging sport to learn, and it's important to get proper instruction from a certified instructor at a recognised wing foil school. Good news you're at the right place! Be-Rad Watersports is a fully certified wing foil school and we teach all levels. Whether its your first ever time or you're a seasoned pro, we've got you covered. We will provide you with all the necessary equipment and guidance to get started, as well as teach you the basics of wing control, board balance, and safety. Book online via the pink 'Book Now' button, located in the bottom right hand corner of our website. Alternatively call a member off ur team on 01323766650

2. Buy yourself some kit: One perk of wing foiling is there's no reason why you can't buy your own kit straight after your first few lessons. After a couple of lessons you'll have good knowledge of how to ride, turn and perform an emergency packdown (should the wind die or change direction). This means you'll be fully prepared to venrture out alone. We sell a massive range of wings, foils and board from our Pevensey Bay shop in East Sussex. All member of our shop team are experienced watersports instructors and will be able to provide expert advice to help pick your first wing foil setup.

3. Practice on land: After your lessons and once you have your own kit, it can be helpful to practice handling the wing on land again. This will give you a better feel for how it flys on the day, what the power is like etc. Set up the wing on a flat, open space and practice holding it in different positions, making small adjustments to the angle and position of the wing. Just remember you can always release your back hand to instantly de-power the wing.

4. Start in calm conditions: When you're ready to try wing foiling alone on the water, choose a calm spot with light wind and no waves. This will make it easier to balance on the board and control the wing. Start by getting on the board and using the wing to increase speed, steer and turn. Best to practice this on your knees first before trying to stand.

5. Build your skills: Once you're comfortable riding in calm conditions, start gradually building your skills. Practice using the wing to generate more speed and lift, and try riding in different wind and wave conditions. Work on turning, stopping, and getting on the foil

6. Stay safe: Wing foiling can be a high-risk sport, so it's important to take safety seriously. Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) or impact vest. Use a board leash to keep the board attached to your ankle and a wrist leash connecting you to the wing. Avoid riding in strong winds or waves until you have more experience, and be aware of other water users in the area.

6. Keep learning: Wing foiling is a constantly evolving sport, and there's always more to learn. Stay connected with the wing foiling community by attending events, watching videos, and talking to other riders. Keep practicing and pushing yourself to improve your skills, and most importantly, have fun! It's vital to come back to us for more lessons once you get to the foiling stage, we can help minimise the amount of time you spend in the water and maximise the amount of time you spend flying above it! As mentioned above, we coach advanced lessons where we can specialise on a particular topic of your choice, whether thats learning how to perform a foiling foot change, foiling tack, foiling gybe, or ride waves. The experienced instructors here at Be-Rad Watersports will be more than happy to help you out.

If this article has got you pumped for learning to wing, give us a call on 01323766650 and we can chat through everything with you, book you in for a lesson, and advise you on equipment.

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