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The Complete Guide to Hydrofoil Surfing and How to Hydrofoil

March 09, 2022 6 min read

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The Complete Guide to Hydrofoil Surfing and How to Hydrofoil


The Complete Guide to Hydrofoil Surfing and How to Hydrofoil

What is Hydrofoil Surfing?

Hydrofoil surfing is a sport that uses a hydrofoil board. The board’s shape and design allow it to be more buoyant in the water, which lets the surfer ride waves at higher speeds. Hydrofoiling is an extreme sport that requires some of the most advanced equipment available, but it can also be done by beginners who are willing to learn.

With active watersport enthusiasts from all shorelines riding hydrofoil boards in local lakes and rivers, the hydrofoil craze is spreading across Australia. As if flying on a magic carpet, hydrofoil surfing is an experience unlike any other you've had on the water.


How to Get Started with Hydrofoil Surfing

Hydrofoil surfing is an extreme sport that consists of standing on a hydrofoil board and using a hydrofoil to propel oneself through the water. The surfer has to balance on the board (like surfing) and use their weight to keep the hydrofoil in place while using their hands for balance.

Hydrofoils are used for this sport because they give the rider more surface area in contact with the water, thereby increasing the speed of travel. They also allow riders to stand up on their boards without sinking, which is not possible with traditional surfboards.

When you first see a hydrofoil board out of the water, you might be perplexed as to how you'll be able to paddle with a fin that long. A hydrofoil board can be started in a number of ways, but once you get going, all you have to do to gain and control speed is pump the board with your forward-facing foot. A hydrofoil board is a great way to get started in the water for some extreme adrenaline.

Tips for How to Hydrofoil Surf

Hydrofoil boards have been popular for watersports enthusiasts, attracting intermediate and experienced riders. That doesn't mean you can't learn to ride a hydrofoil board from scratch, but it's a good idea to familiarise yourself with traditional board riding first.

Hydrofoiling will become second nature if you regularly surf or wakeboard. Hydrofoil boards can be learned by either paddling or being pulled behind a boat with a rope. The technique for getting to your feet is the same regardless of which method you use.

When you feel like you're sinking, press your back foot down and pump slightly to lift the nose of the board upward. You'll be in good shape and learning how to control your manoeuvrability once you find that sweet spot for gaining speed.

While hydrofoiling can be a lot of fun, it's important that you and everyone else around you are protected at all times. If you're not confident in your abilities or are still learning, it's best to find a spot where no one else is present. Foil surfboards can be used almost anywhere, so there's no need to find a crowded spot. You can take advantage of any situation you find yourself in. Small waves in the one-to-two-foot range are ideal for beginners. When you stand up, you'll have all the power you need to ride a hydrofoil in the whitewater.

With a boat or jet ski, you can learn the fundamentals of riding, such as how to balance and how to handle the board. Foil surfing requires a high level of surfing ability. It's difficult to get started, and it's best to do so in small, forgiving waves while wearing a helmet. The learning curve is steep, so be patient and cautious, but the payoff is definitely worth it.

How to Foil Video


Getting Up on a Foil
- How to Wake Foil Tips & Tricks -


Controlling the Foil
- How to Wake Foil Tips & Tricks -

Tips for How to Hydrofoil Surf

  • If you have the hydrofoil fin facing backwards, you will not be able to move the board.
  • Using your hips, steer the vehicle. A hydrofoil can be steered more by shifting one's upper body. While shifting your upper body, point your hips in the direction you want to go and pump a knee.
  • Sharper turns are made possible by holding your arms wide.
  • Make sure to keep your weight centered on the board and keep your knees bent slightly so that you don't get slowed down by dipping the foil.
  • In the absence of a wave or tow-rope, you will need to pump the board with your forward-facing foot to maintain speed and momentum.
  • Look out for other swimmers, boaters, and surfers in the water.
  • Avoid dock pilings, anchor lines, and pilings in shallow water.
  • Keep your body as far from the hydrofoil board as possible if you fall, especially if you're riding a wave. Taking a blow to the body from a long, pointed foil fin can result in serious injury. You should fall in the opposite direction of your legs and board.
  • The traction pads should be placed exactly where your feet should be, if at all possible. They serve as a guide for your posture.
  • Get your back foot over the mast, or maybe even a little bit behind it, in order to find the sweet spot.
  • In order to pump or make a tight turn, you can always step back a bit and be right on the kicktail.
  • Strike with a wide stance and a lot of pressure on the front foot.
  • Keep safety in mind and wear a life jacket while out foiling.

Practice Hydrofoil Surfing Behind a Boat

For those of you who already know how to surf, this is the next step in foil boarding. Learning to ride a hydrofoil board behind a boat is the second step in the process. Foiling behind a boat allows you to concentrate on learning how the hydrofoil works and how to train your body to react to it without the distraction of waves. Get a boat, a jet ski and a few friends together for a bit of practice. You can enjoy a more comfortable ride by using longer tow lines, which keep you farther away from the boat's wake. The following is a list of the best boat speeds for newbies. The foil's stability and lift can be achieved with the right speed.

  • In the range of 8-12 mph for Low-aspect/high-volume wing configurations
  • In the range of 10 to 14 mph for wings with a low profile and medium volume

Learn how to ride a board on open water as soon as possible after getting it started behind a boat. To prevent the board from coming up on foil, you'll need to apply a lot of pressure with your front foot. Make sure your front foot isn't putting more than 70% of your body weight on the board by shifting your foot stance further forwards. Back feet should be directly above the front mast edge, with front feet shoulder-width apart for the majority of foils. In order to perform controlled takeoffs, you must first learn to keep your board on the water.

How to Get Started with Hydrofoil Surfing, Tips for Hydrofoil

What are the Benefits of Hydrofoil Surfing?

Hydrofoil surfing is a new and exciting sport that is quickly gaining in popularity. Hydrofoil surfing is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world. It’s also one of the most exhilarating, as you can reach speeds up to 40 knots. It's not only fast, but it's also safer than traditional surfboards because you can control your speed and direction.

It's also a great workout because you need to balance on your board for long periods of time. Hydro foil surfing allows you to carve it like you're surfing, snowboarding and flying all at once, as well as go to places you never thought you'd be able to surf.

 

How to Choose a Board for Hydrofoil Surfing?

  1. Beginners should start with a soft board for hydrofoil surfing. It's easier to control and will make it easier to get up on the board.
  2. For foil surfing, you want a narrower board that is more responsive than a regular surfboard.
  3. Once you've mastered hydrofoiling and foil surfing, you can upgrade to a hardboard for more speed and stability when riding waves or doing freestyle tricks.

Types of Hydrofoil Boards

When it comes to choosing a foil surfboard, there are a lot more moving parts and curves to take into consideration. Consider the foil design, wing shape, hydrofoil mast, and board when shopping for a hydrofoil.

A Foil track system and additional reinforcement are key features in our award-winning Liquid Force Pod Foil Wakesurfer 2022. With the board's quad fin setup for wakesurfing, you can mount your foil directly to the board using the transition plate that's included. The corduroy Deck traction and additional horizontal texture breaks help you find the best foot placement.

Liquidforce Pod Foil Wakesurfer 2022

Why You Should Start Foil Surfing Today

Foil surfing is a new trend that is sweeping the internet and one that once you try, you will be addicted to. The traditional styles of riding the wake of the family boat or the wave at your favourite beach break are optimised by hydrofoil boards. You don't have to be an expert to learn how to hydrofoil surf. A cruise-like flow is provided by a hydrofoil, which keeps the board afloat, making you feel like you’re riding a magic carpet. Hydrofoiling's float-like flying sensation is what keeps riders coming back for more.



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