How To Get More Results Out Of Your Foil Board


Just how to set up your foil board to be well stabilized for optimal efficiency.

Aloha good friends! It's Robert Stehlik with Blue Earth Surf. Today. I'm mosting likely to talk about setting up your foil equipment. It's a concern we obtain a great deal: How do I set up the foil, where to place it, where to place foot bands, just how to put your feet on the board, what sort of board to get. I'm likewise going to discuss what kind of gear to use as a newbie.

And as a advanced foiler and also for different sporting activities- this is my stand-up paddle foil board. I have a wing foil board and also a vulnerable complete board. I'm mosting likely to talk about the boards, use the foils utilized. And then I'm also mosting likely to talk about foot placement, exactly how to identify where to place your feet and exactly how to connect a foot strap to your board.

This video clip is going to be a little bit longer. We have a lot of details on our site and also on YouTube as well. Down listed below in the summary, I'll put a lot of links to various other videos as well as links that will help you further along the means. The last video I published was an meeting with Kane De Wilde and also he has a great deal of truly excellent understanding on foil configurations and so on.

And also he claimed, he always likes to attempt great deals of various setups and figure out what jobs and also actually feel it out. And that makes a great deal of sense to me. The more. You can examine things the extra, how things interact and also how to enhance your setup and also having a excellent setup, specifically the foil working well with your ability and how you use it is incredibly crucial.

Having a good foil established up as well as the appropriate board as well as after that a good wing, all those points together will automatically just make you better right away. So nowadays I mostly right into wing foiling. This is the board I use the most right here is my my four 6 by 78 liter wing foil board. What I talk about here today applies to all 4 sports, consisting of vulnerable surf foiling, wing hindering, and standup hindering.

I began foiling concerning 5 years earlier. As well as if you recall via the YouTube history of videos, you'll see, I first began on an 8'0 Stand up for foil board that I simply placed a Tuttle box into which functioned well to begin on and also learn on.

And then afterwards I 'd built a dedicated foil board. That was a 7'6. And quite quickly I seemed like it was too large and the tail was dragging and more. So I cut off the tail simply to see what occurred and made it into a 6'11, and afterwards that functioned truly well. As well as I determined, yeah, having that much shorter swing weight as well as the shorter board really helps when you're hindering up on foil.

And afterwards I've been progressing progressively, been evaluating smaller and smaller boards. And currently what I make use of for wing hindering is a 4 six, which is pretty little. And also for susceptible surf foiling I utilize a similar size board. This one below is a 3'10. I use this mainly for practicing my dock Starts, which I'm not excellent at yet, yet servicing that, trying to dock begin as well as pump.

And after that for standup hindering, I use this board right here. It's a 5 eight by 114 liter board for standing dropping. I just need a lot more stability.

The wing master board is fantastic for wing flooding, yet it's not steady sufficient for me to stand paddle on maybe a lighter weight. A paddler with really great equilibrium might be able to stand up paddle on this. Generally talking, this board is going to be as well small for a lot of people to stand up paddle for long. Something like this, the 5'8 Actually wonderful. Stand-up foil board additionally functions well as a wing foil board because wing declaring, you have the wit lift of the wing. You do not require fairly as much security as you do for standup as well as bouncing while you're standing up for obtaining began and wing hindering and standup foiling.

I suggest obtaining a bigger, steady board. In our variety, we have the 6 '11 and also the 7'6 Easy Foiler models. Those are really excellent boards for discovering exactly how to Stand paddle foil as well as wing foil. And afterwards as you improve and also you're comfortable standing as well as you can possibly switch your feet around as well as do all the basics on a bigger board, after that you prepare to go some to something smaller sized, possibly something like this 5, 8 Carver foil board, or for a bit more advanced for, as well as these Wingmaster boards are remarkable. This is not going to be your very first Wingfoil board, it's going take a bigger board to first find out the basics on, as well as then you can work your means down to a little board like this. For me, it was many boards in between. As well as, clearly I possess as a brand and also I designed these boards. I do a whole lot of R & D and also made a great deal of boards slowly functioning my way down.

Possibly just like a couple of inches in a few litres each time. I didn't begin on a big board and ended up on this ideal away. There's a lot of steps in between. As well as you do not have to take that numerous actions, but I would certainly say in between a beginner board and also the very sophisticated board, there must go to the very least 2 or three boards.

To get to that factor where you can create a actually tiny board. Do not assume you can simply start wing filing on a little tiny vulnerable board. This is it's feasible. I have actually seen individuals do it prior to that are incredibly skilled athletes as well as currently very good filers. I've seen people discover exactly how to wing complete on susceptible.

The boards, but if you're an average Joe don't also attempt it. It's mosting likely to be way as well tough to try to discover on it, little board. As well as for me it wing for the thing I suched as to have a bit more quantity. I'm, my weight is 195 extra pounds. I'm 6'2" as well as 195 pounds which is about 90 kilograms.

That translates into 90 liters of volume to float me. So the first 90 litres of quantity will certainly float my body weight. And after that certainly you additionally need to include the weight of the foil and also the board itself. As well as and essentially if you want it to float you, you need to have equal amount of flotation protection to your body weight. So the volume really depends on your body weight. And afterwards for a newbie, I recommend obtaining a board that has enough quantity to drift your body weight, plus perhaps 20%. So for me perhaps as a novice, I would use a child that goes to the very least about 120 liters, possibly much more that will certainly be good to drift me.

For considering foiling for standup foiling, you may get something even a bit bigger. Maybe for me, I would pick like 140, 150 litres and adequate size as well as size and also security to be able to send out a paddle on and also find out on. And then as you improve with the harmonizing and catching waves and also getting up on the foil, after that you can move smaller and the foil does add security to the board.

Having a foil board is going to be a lot more secure than a routine standup paddleboard, however it's a certain sort of balance that you have to get made use of to it. Does not. Simply immediately make balancing easy. It's simply a little hold-up, so it decreases the motion of the board a little in that foil beneath.

It resembles having a keel under your board. Next let's talk about the foils themselves. I have actually been doing this a very long time. I make use of rather a little foil now for wing foiling, particularly like for waves as well as stuff like that, attempting to go faster. This is an gain access to high facet facet for us.

The Axis 810, a wing period or 810 millimeters or 32 inches. And the predicted area is 1022 square centimeters, that has to do with 158 square inches. This is quite a small front wing, but because it's pretty high aspect and it's actually quite, has quite a bit of lift and a lot of glide.

I really liked this, a front wing. Additionally I have a 760, which is a little bit more surfy, which is likewise a actually great foil surf but for starting out on, When I began, I utilized a really big foil, the 2000 square centimeter foil. So when you're starting something like the Carver foil, We have the team strategy at Carver for is a great discussion forum for learning.

It's 2000 square centimeters. It's stable shows up at low rates as well as flies out a bit lower speed, however it simply maintains sliding. If you're doing a change, if you muck it up a little bit, you have actually obtained means more time to slide out of the turn as well as keep up on the foil. As well as it simply lifts up less complicated as well as lower rates.

So it's this much easier to utilize a bigger foil when you're starting out. As well as also as you advance, depending on the conditions you're flying having a large foil is just makes whatever a bit easier. As well as as well as it permits you to do even more techniques as well as things like that. These smaller foils are not for everybody, but as you get better, having a smaller foil.

And also a thinner profile, just enables you to go quicker, do tighter turns, be more manoeuvrable and also going quicker actually assists in the waves since a great deal of times when you catching far from the outdoors, it's still moving actually fast as well as you need to be able to stay up to date with that fast moving swell. And afterwards having a faster, smaller sized wing, will this aid you have the ability to stay on par with those waves versus if you're simply riding wind swell or simply on a flat water, a Lake or something like that?

Having a larger wing is nice due to the fact that you can simply fly a little bit more slowly. It's not a big deal. And afterwards it just gives you even more time. To stay on foil, less complicated to get up on foil and lighter winds additionally. So there's a great deal of benefits of using a larger foil. When you're starting out, definitely get a bigger size foil something, 2000 square centimeters.

Or we also have 1,800 square centimeters, large size, something like that. And afterwards in regards to mass size, I such as to utilize a 90 centimeter pole. I have actually tried longer mass and that's having a actually long mass behaves for downwinders it resembles that, but it does make the whole thing a little extra tippy on the shorter mass.

You need to comply with the waves backwards and forwards as the wave increases, you need to dip your nose up and down and longer. Mass permits you simply to fly directly over to the smaller sized chops. That's nice, however I have a actually detailed video and also I'll place the link down listed below to that on picking the best foil for your needs.

Watch that. That's some truly good info if you're unsure what sort of circulation you're mosting likely to need. And so forth. So following, I'm mosting likely to talk about putting the foot on the board as well as where to put it. So my automobile is rather small, so I need to take the foil off the board as well as placed it back on. Each time I utilize it.

And also because of that, I got this, the impact driver, which is a actually great device to have actually makes it simple to place the foil on and off. And for me, yeah, I normally simply keep the bolts in the board as well as I tightened them down, so they can't move. So I simply relax these 4 bolts. You do not want to leave them in the board loose since it can glide out.

And afterwards if they quit while you're carrying the board and the yard or something like that, these are very easy to lose. I always make sure these are tight enough, so they can't slide out by themselves. As well as I said, the mass plate that has, that enables you to slide the bolt onto it. And afterwards I like to just tighten them down. Okay. Little, obtain them all in place.

Once they're all positioned, then you can crank them down. You most definitely wish to ensure they're limited on there due to the fact that you do not desire these screws to loosen up while you're riding.

Now I got the full on the board. And also the next question is exactly how do you put the foil on the board? Which actually, it actually depends on the foil itself and the board, the size of the board Kindle while developed a good techniques. Have a excellent starting point of where to position your foil. Which's just, if you raise the whole arrangement from the thickest factor of the foil, the think is pointing to the first about a third back on the account.

That's where the center of lift is so that the front wing creates a lift center of lift is right here at the thickest part. So if you lift up your configuration from that factor, your board needs to be practically degree. So if your board is level. That indicates the center of mass of your whole system is straight below the center of lift of the foil.


So after that allow's say this, you forecast that to here then on the other side of the board, if you look at that same point on the deck, This ought to be basically in between your feet. If your feet are too far forward, you're going to have to put more weight on the back of, on your back foot. If your feet are also far back, then you have to lean much more on your front foot.

Ideally you want to have your feet equally balanced so that the center of lift is right between your feet. And then if it's also the center of gravity of the whole system, it'll just really feel way much more balanced. The weight of the system as well as the center volume all balance out that really helps. As well as this is virtually real for all sides boards, that whether it's a big standup foil board or a smaller sized susceptible board that balancing out is a actually excellent starting point on where your foil will function best as well as where you can stand as well as capture the wave and also in the ideal location, or take off as well as put your feet in the appropriate location.

Essentially where the quantity as well as the weight of the board as well as the weight of the entire system. Every little thing is well balanced out. Kay. Next let's discuss your foot positioning. My feet are about equally balanced out between the front and the back of the center of lifts. If you project the center of checklist of the front circulation between your feet, it's mosting likely to be more or less in between your feet.

As well as some people have their back foot better ahead, but then they likewise relocated their front foot for their back. So if you have a smaller position or bigger stance, if you place your back foot further back, you require to put your front foot further onward. So you constantly intend to discover that equilibrium. If your position is also far forward, you're mosting likely to always have aching a sore back leg.


Trigger you're constantly leaning back at greater rates to simply regulate the foil you're mosting likely to or pumping and so on. And also it's going to place a lot more pressure on your back leg. If your back leg is always sore, Probably you just want to move that foot further back on the board so that when you're riding and at normal speed, your weight should be just right over the foil and you shouldn't have to put more weight on one side or the other.

It's a little hip activities contributed to control the elevation of the foil. So that's really vital to have the facility of lift of the foil below the board bounce in between your 2 feet. And also preferably before you place foot straps on your board, You wish to determine without foot straps where your feet are, usually possibly take some video clip with a GoPro or something like that to find out where do I place my feet on the board. When you beginning, I don't recommend using foot bands. Our boards have this little arch bar here that's right over the mask to ensure that it provides you a good, tactile feel for where your back foot is. And afterwards the front foot, typically I oriented with this logo design of heaven world logo design a little front or back and.


You do want the weight to be either both feet right over the facility line, or if you're. The front foot is a bit off sideways. Your back foot must also be similarly off to the side. Whether you're on the center line or slightly off center, you just want to make sure that your body weight is over the center line of the board.

Or else you're mosting likely to turn the board and with a wing, sometimes you can escape both feet being off away when you're powered, however then as quickly as you let go of the power and also you're just on the foil, after that the board. Wanting to topple, like if you, both of you feed off too away the side, it won't fly well without the power of the wing.

Exact same point. If you're chatting behind the boat, you can escape leaning on the side, one side, having your weight on one side, create you leaning against the rope. Yet as soon as you allow that rope go, you need to have your say your weight focused right over the center of the board and over the middle of the foil.

Otherwise you're going to tip over. It's best to start riding your board without foot straps, figuring out the placement where you put the feet, and then once you know where to put your feet, another good way to transition to foot straps is using foot hooks. We have these Eva foot hooks. I'll put the web link down to video for that as well.

Those ones you can connect to the board and also kind of wedge your feet against it. Which's practical without having your feet in the bands or needing to move your feet into bands and so on. The foot hooks are a good step in between no straps and going straight to straps. And then when you intend to start utilizing straps, ideally I would certainly state use the front strap only initially, obtain comfortable with the front band.

And then when you're comfortable with that said. You can add a back strap. And also essentially if you intend to jump, if you're wing, flailing, as well as you want to leap, you have to have foot bands on your board. Okay. To take the foil off, same thing in reverse, I just put it upside down. I loosened the screws. And then I tighten them pull back, not too limited, however just so they can glide around in package.

Put them at the end of the box. Simply tighten them know a little, same in the back, take the foil off. Okay. It's pretty important to keep these little bolts tight in the board so they can't slide out. Okay. So next I'm mosting likely to review how to attach these. Footsteps to the board. This is our blue world deluxe foot store.

It resembles a neoprene covered foot band. They behave and padded. They have Velcro adjustability. They're nice and stiff. And you desire your straps to stand up by them selves. So the feet can slide in easily. A few of them truly light-weight, slim bands can fall down. And afterwards it's really tough to obtain your foot in.

You have to find the band and also wiggle