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5 tips to start SUP foil



The foil was created more than a century ago but the last decade has made that the foil becomes a boom! People from different sports like surf, kitesurf, windsurf are using the foil under their boards to experience new sensations and ways of glidding, fans all over the world, mainly US, Australia and Northern Europe, are talking wonders about it.



1. Try it behind a boat or jet ski to get the feeling.

Having a rope to grab and balance, makes things easier. It is an excellent way to avoid the first frustration since it limits the risk and increases the success of "flying"


2. Go to a deepwater place with small waves and no one around.

This is really the best option. It is dangerous to be close to people with the foil board, it is very sharp. For the safety of your foil do not try it in shallow water. More water, more space for the depth of the foil and probably less aggressive waves. To start go for smaller and flatter waves.


3. The front foot should be directly in the middle of the board

This is a bit unusual for a surfer because our front foot is usually always outside the center, but to stabilize you will need both feet directly in the center of the board, on the stringer. This will help prevent the board from falling to one side and avoid you falling on the foil.


4. Keep the weight centered

No need to put your weight on your toes or heels. It's not like a surfer when you're changing from heels to toes to turn the board. By doing this on the foil board, it will flip over and the foil coming towards us. You have to keep the line, place your feet correctly and then get up to "fly" once this is done, eliminate any weight shift from side to side, just forward and backward.


5. Take it easy

Do not try to get up to "fly" immediately. First, you have to take the feeling and reaction of the foil with the weight changes. Once you do them, you can play higher and higher. Go first to simply float constantly on the water before rising further. If we raise the foil too high, it can get out of the water with the risk of the board turning over. Go slowly.


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