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Video: 3 Key Wingfoiling Tips - Stance, Carving Gybes and the Foot Change

Postby robclaisse » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:26 pm

I'm relatively new to Wingfoiling but the cross over with Kitefoiling gave me a leg up and I can't help but start thinking about ways to teach and coach the various techniques! It's been interesting trying to understand how the foil and wing work together and after a few sessions, I had some lightbulb moments that helped me with my stance, carving gybes and foot changes. So as a follow up to my last blog post I thought I'd make a video to better show some of the key points and hopefully they might be of help to others:



You can also read my original blog post - Learning to Wingfoil: 7 Tips After 7 Days which contains some additional insight on other techniques.

As I say I'm still in the early stages of Wingfoil so would love to know what other tips people have some of these core skills.
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Re: Video: 3 Key Wingfoiling Tips - Stance, Carving Gybes and the Foot Change

Postby Flag53 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:36 pm

Thanks for posting Rob 👍

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Re: Video: 3 Key Wingfoiling Tips - Stance, Carving Gybes and the Foot Change

Postby fluidity » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:58 pm

robclaisse wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:26 pm
I'm relatively new to Wingfoiling but the cross over with Kitefoiling gave me a leg up and I can't help but start thinking about ways to teach and coach the various techniques! It's been interesting trying to understand how the foil and wing work together and after a few sessions, I had some lightbulb moments that helped me with my stance, carving gybes and foot changes. So as a follow up to my last blog post I thought I'd make a video to better show some of the key points and hopefully they might be of help to others:



You can also read my original blog post - Learning to Wingfoil: 7 Tips After 7 Days which contains some additional insight on other techniques.

As I say I'm still in the early stages of Wingfoil so would love to know what other tips people have some of these core skills.
This one on line from back in July shares some of your tips(it's not mine). I had to laugh at my boss last week, we both love the water but when I try to motivate him to get into wingsurf foiling he told me the sport is too new, there's no one to learn from! Where as I feel so privileged to live in an age and with circumstances to buy, design, build my gear and to be able to learn a brand new sport! Some on line, some learning the hard way myself. No one can give us muscle memory, we have to earn it ourselves. Do add into your video some suggestions for learning wing sizes for body weight, wind speed and hydrofoil, air-wing areas. i.e. at 109kg I need about 20 Knots learning on a 1820 sq cm 980mm wingspan thick foil. Which is why I designed and am building another... approx 2500 sqcm area, 1200mm wingspan. And on a crash diet from last Tuesday...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so2oVA2WdGM

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Re: Video: 3 Key Wingfoiling Tips - Stance, Carving Gybes and the Foot Change

Postby irwe » Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:08 am

Fluidity: Thanks for posting your learning curve. I feel your pain. Here's my ( 72 kg) set up for 20 kts

Blu Wave 6'6" 127 L, Naish XXL, 4m Gong P2
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Re: Video: 3 Key Wingfoiling Tips - Stance, Carving Gybes and the Foot Change

Postby Dave K » Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:03 am

Rob, great tips! I’ve be winging for about a year after coming from a couple of kitefoil seasons, and years of kiteboarding/windsurfing. Learning new winging skills is just easy compared to kitefoiling, even at my joints-not-what-they-used-to-be-age of 62. Just watched a few videos and put the practice time in.... Once you start on upwind transitions it really adds to the fun. I’m sure the younger riders will advance way faster than me. Flat water riding might seem kinda lame to many forum members here, but it doesn’t take much to keep me happy. Super easy to launch from my boat, and while I can’t quite match my upwind ability when kitefoiling, I come close enough. In the early days I could barely stay upwind....but I guess that goes for the early learning stages for all the wind sports.

(The only time I injured myself was tearing a finger ligament after I missed a “regrab” during a behind-the-back-tack. I didn’t let go of the wing fast enough after the miss. Out for a month. It can be tough on the hands!)

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Re: Video: 3 Key Wingfoiling Tips - Stance, Carving Gybes and the Foot Change

Postby fluidity » Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:55 am

irwe wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:08 am
Fluidity: Thanks for posting your learning curve. I feel your pain. Here's my ( 72 kg) set up for 20 kts

Blu Wave 6'6" 127 L, Naish XXL, 4m Gong P2
You'd have no issues with that weight and gear! I'd have my new wing built already but I'm working on compatibility with the gong fuse/wing socket combo in my Open Fuse design, learning to run a CNC at the same time and so I have to build a new mast as well as the wing.
I tink my biggest issue is that at 20knots+ when the wind is starting to be right for me on what's really only an average sized foil, the water is getting very choppy too and it gets harder to balance the board in my preferred spot with outgoing tide and in coming wind. Still perseverance combined with a metter sized ring and reduced weight should make it super easy.


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