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For many of us water sports people, thinking about wakeboarding brings back memories of adrenaline-filled weekends and summers that never lasted long enough. Having to be towed by a boat made the whole thing feel like a big deal while the mix of snowboarding, skiing, and surfing skills that you needed to get good at it made it challenging in the best possible way. The sport, which was invented in the mid sixties by surfers who wanted to be able to surf in the absence of swells, grew in popularity in the 80s and has remained a favorite of many surfers who don’t always have access to good waves.
Similarly, foiling was also invented in the sixties when aeronautical engineer Bob Woodward came up with hydrofoil water skis in order to eliminate drag and glide over the water with more smoothness and speed. Surf pioneers like Laird Hamilton then took this concept to surfing and other prodigies like Kai Lenny have continued to explore it and fine tune it. Up there with the most interesting iterations of the sport has been the marriage of foiling and wakeboarding. Because foils lift boards out of the water, they allow riders not only increased versatility and speed, but also the ability to ride wake and swells that otherwise wouldn’t be an option. The feeling is hard to beat: flying, surfing, snowboarding on the best deep powder of your life… all without having to wait for the wind or waves to behave themselves in any particular way. It’s also easy enough for entry-level wakeboarders while allowing more experienced riders an entire new realm of tricks and speed.
If you’re thinking of trying it, now’s the time. Both boats and equipment have come a long way and there’s a perfect setup for everybody. Understanding how it’s done and how each part of your equipment affects your ride is key when choosing your own adventure, so read on and let us break it down for you.
Wake foiling, like all types of foiling, takes a little practice but once you’re up, there’s no turning back: the possibilities are endless.
There are several components to bear in mind when choosing a wake foil setup. Mostly you want to consider the type and size of your board, masts, and wings. Wake foils are different from surf foils in that they are designed to be ridden at faster speeds, but if you’re a beginner, a surf foil will probably suit just fine. Our most seasoned riders report incredible results waking with our high aspect foils, since these allow them to take advantage of entire sequences of wakes. An ideal setup for a person who’s looking for a more advanced adventure also includes a smaller board and a longer mast. For those just learning, the bigger and heavier the board, the more stability and the shorter the mast, the easier to control.
In short… Wake foiling is a whole lof of fun. It’s also the easiest way to learn to foil. These are only the basics. There is, of course, a lot more where that came from, but most of what you want to know you’re gonna figure out when you get in the water. We’ve been doing it for some time now and are completely addicted. We’re confident the same will happen to you.
If you ever have any questions, please make sure you reach out to us. We’re always happy to be in touch! We get better as you get better.
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