How do I find the right wing foil board?
Choosing a board depends on how much experience you have in board sports. If you are already an enthusiastic water sports lover, you can soon switch to smaller boards or start out with a hardboard. However, if this is your very first experience in water sports, you may want to start with a larger board or an inflatable that provides you with the stability and float you need to ensure fast progress.
Types of Wingfoil Boards
When it comes to wing foil boards, there are two main options:
Hardboards are made from a solid material, such as foam or carbon fiber, and offer better performance and speed than inflatables. They're more rigid and responsive, making them ideal for advanced riders who want to push the limits of their skills. However, hardboards are also more expensive and less convenient to transport. To keep them safe and clean, check out our fitting boardbags.
Inflatable boards, on the other hand, are made from durable PVC material and can be inflated with a pump, making them easier to transport and store. They're also more forgiving and stable, making them a great option for beginners or those who want to ride in rougher conditions. However, inflatables may not perform as well in terms of speed and agility as hardboards, and they may require more maintenance over time.
Ultimately, the choice between a hardboard and an inflatable wing foil board will depend on your personal preferences, skill level, and riding conditions.
It’s all about volume: don’t go too small!
As with windsurfing, wingfoil boards are measured in liters (the volume). As a rule, the higher the volume of your board, the less wind you will need to glide and the better the stability of the board. However, your board will react much slower, and it will be less agile. Therefore, for your first cruising sessions, it is ideal to choose a board with much volume
We recommend a volume for beginner boards that is 30-40 liters over your own body weight. That ensures the necessary stability, which is crucial for a sense of achievement, particularly in the beginning.
Try not to get discouraged, almost everyone feels insecure and wobbly at the beginning, but do not complicate things unnecessarily with a board that is too small - just trust us on this one! Once you improve, you'll want to upgrade to smaller boards to experience the advantages of easier maneuverability. But small boards need more wind to lift them out of the water, and the weaker the wind, the more unstable they become.
How a Wing Board works
Between the board and the foil is a secure and rigid connection. This allows the board to control the flight of the foil. Weight shifting on the board steers the foil under water. The hydrofoil can be thought of as an underwater aircraft.
When the bow of the board is loaded, automatically the pressure on the front of the foil increases and the underwater aircraft starts to descend. When the rear of the board is under pressure, the underwater aircraft rises. The same applies to the turn control. If more pressure is applied to the starboard edge of the board, the starboard wing of the underwater aircraft sinks and it flies to starboard. Of course, the same applies to the portside.