The Best Wing Foiling Lesson for Beginners Part 2- Wingin' It Now!
Welcome back to the lessons of wing foiling for everyone session-2. We are excited to start a new series entitled just winging it most of you probably think that my past instruction series should also share the same title but if by chance you do find benefit from content on this channel please subscribe and don't forget to reach out to Lahoma winds for all your kind boiling wing wing' thing needs. We have been waiting for warm enough waters to embark on our wing journey. We cannot quite yet. We are very close to saying that we are thrilled. This journey has begun the plan is to have a series of videos that will follow our development of learning on how to wing. Hopefully, our failures and experiences can speed up the learning curve for you also many of you at this point are probably saying why even wing it the reasons for our number one it opens up launches. Where we would usually not be able to launch a kite it allows us to ride more wind directions and the wing handles gusty conditions will also it's a safer solo sport. If you do get stranded but honestly most of all it's a wind sport that involves a hydrofoil. Why would you not want to add it to your skill set? I think wing flowing has a really good chance to reach a population that could be initially overwhelmed by kiting.
It has a real interest in participating in wind water sports not to mention its application in the current surfing and general hydrofoil population. Let's get started with the first step which is gear decisions and isn't there already a lot of options out there. What board what wing no not that wing the other wing now what about the other wing what size what brand straps no straps leash what about leashes and so on beginning with the board this is a tough decision many recommendations are for a board that exceeds 40 liters of volume over your weight for a beginner the problem with this approach. If you don't have temporary access to a board of this size is just how quickly you outgrow this setup. We decided that investing in one board and holding on to the longer-term goals would be my initial approach. We decided on the f1 rocket winged board in the 510 sizes at 90 liters of volume. We went into this setup with the understanding. We were probably going to waste three to four sessions just getting used to board control of something under my feet that only exceeded my weight by around 15 liters. That was all very true but we are past that initial learning curve now. We are thankful that we did not go with a 7 to 8-foot board or a board with 115 meters or more volume.
Now onto the wingding, there are a few factors that come into play on the wing. We are finding that the wind range is pretty good on these so two wings should probably feel an entire quiver. But we are beginning with the Nash s25 5.3 meters in size and the f1 in the 5-meter size just to compare We are finding that this is feeling approximately the 14 to 25 mile per hour range. We are also finding early on that we need wind to get up on full at this point. We need wind speeds in the high teens of course less is required for our once upon file things to consider with the hand wing or durability weight hand positioning gust control vision and a few other personal preferences and nuances that are still being improved in this arena make sure that when you inflate your wing you reach the recommended psi a stiff wing is very beneficial. We do believe there are a number of great wing options currently on the market.
Whether you're a kite windsurfer or have no wind sports background will take only minimal time and effort for entry-level ability on the water. We recommend starting on a land in a grassy area or beach because the tips of the wing will touch down early on with mistakes. You don't want to destroy your wing before you've even hit the water just standing statically initially gets used to wing control just a small breeze will suffice at this point keep your back to the wind. Get used to keeping the wing high pulling in at the back elbow and feeling he increases in power when doing so never leave only your backhand on the wing transitions should always take place by leaving a hand on the front handle of the wing as your anchor point.
If the wing gets too low the front may want to dive into the water which is pretty tough to recover so make sure to keep the wing high enough and if the front begins to dive down pull in with the backhand and extend the front elbow to a higher position as you get more comfortable progressing to a more dynamic activity with the wing such as using a land board or even one wheel when there's no wind and you want to simulate maneuvering the wing from hill to toe side in a dynamic environment. On the water, you can also benefit from using a large SUP to work on wing control not just in a standing position but also in flipping the wing over in the water which actually may be one of the more difficult things to do in the water in a kneeling position all of these micro-investments will carry over to proficiency.
You have a few options initially you can straddle the board like a surfboard. Use the wing to direct you back towards land if you need a little more upwind ability. Just tall kneel and use the wing in the same way if you're out and the wind dies or you're not having success using the wing to redirect to land. You can take the wing leash and put it around your ankle while lying prone on the board. Then swim back to land if the wind has died you can probably just lie the wing over your feet how you swim back and changing the leash is not necessary lastly.
If you have no other options deflate the wing on the water fold it up put it under you and swim prone on the board back to safety when on land store the wing with the board lying over the wing on its dorsal side bow on the wing foil facing upward. Put the wing leash around the base of the foil. If winds are turbulent and inconsistent and there is concern that the hydrofoil may shoos kebab the wing. We would recommend securing the wing separate of the hydrofoil with an anchored device that's where we're going to stop for today. This episode is obviously for the person contemplating are just now stepping into the sport the next episode in this series. We'll look at getting up on foil riding on foil upwind downwind riding beginner transition points. Other developmental emphasis please comments with some of your pointers and experiences in this fairly new endeavor. We hope you join our next time on the lahoma winds.
Video credit & lesson Credit from Kyle Oklahoma.