Wondering Which Wingfoil Board to Choose? The one that will allow you to start and have fun, but also to progress without having to invest 5000€?
Choosing a wingfoil board
The choice of wing foil board influences the learning process. We talk a lot about the foil wing and the foil, but the foil board is as important as the wing or the foil, everything must be adjusted together and proportional to work well.
What factors influence the selection criteria?
The volume, which depends on the weight of the rider, is the number one criterion. The rule is to add 30 to the rider’s weight to determine the volume of the kiteboard.
- For a rider under 60 kg, a 27′ wide and 90L board is sufficient.
- For a rider under 75 kg, a 29′ wide and 105L kite board is suitable.
- Finally, a 90 kg rider will benefit from using a 31′ wide and 120L board.
The longer the Wing foil board, the better it glides over the water and the more likely it is to take off. The wider it is, the easier it is to balance it and protect it from contact with the foil.
Then you have to consider the dimensions of the windsurf board, the length and width, and finally the shape.
What is the recommended volume of the Wingfoil board?
What exactly does volume mean? The total weight of the rider + the weight of the foil board must be less than the volume of the foilboard.
The less comfortable you are, the greater the volume must be (+30 is a good margin), this is the condition of comfort.
If you are an experienced rider, the weight of +10 is sufficient. Only very experienced riders allow themselves a negative volume (volume less than the total weight) between -10 and -30, but you have to know how to sink the kite board before flying it, which requires a good physique and good technique .
A large kite board makes the glide smoother and the balance easier. This is why a wing foil board at least 6′ is recommended. There is also the question of transport and storage, the 6′ size fits in almost all vehicles. From 7′, it’s more complicated and beyond that you need special equipment. Or, the inflatable windsurf board is an alternative solution that solves this problem, whatever its size!
6′ kiteboards are easier to use and less jittery, more docile in trajectory.
You also have to take into account the inertia of a large wing foil board, it is not comfortable in turns. On the other hand, it allows you to fly without too much effort because it accelerates on its own and quickly reaches the right speed for take-off.
On the contrary, choosing a board with a short wing, less than 5′, will be more nervous in the turns and will allow you to ride in a different, more aggressive style. It reacts when you pump but the glide speed is lower. It is also more unstable, but behaves well. It requires more control and balance when stationary to be able to fly. For your wing foil board, find the right compromise between length and width that will allow you to have fun in Wing, without worrying about transport!
Depending on its width, a kiteboard will be more or less maneuverable, and will have more or less lift. Width is also measured in inches, ranging from 26′, a narrow board, to 31′, a wide kite board, the intermediate being 29′. For beginners, the same advice applies: a board with a wide kite (in addition to being long) offers more stability and comfort. The difference is most noticeable on the water and in strong winds. But, as you progress, the width can be an obstacle to negotiating the best angles in the curves, if the rail brakes in the water.
A large volume of about 130 L or more allows you to hover and reach right wing foil speed without having to interact. This is even more true if you combine a large board with a large foil and a large foil wing!
As you progress, the size of wing foil board you need decreases. A 6 foot board is perfect to start with, but as you progress, depending on your weight and skill level, you’ll get closer to 5 feet.
The shape of the Wingfoil board
A wing board that combines a rectangular outline and wide ends (outer curve of the board) requires little technique and peels off easily, its trajectory is straight.
A wing foil board that has a rounded outline and thinner tips is more responsive, but requires more balance technique and causes a later take-off. She also tends to spin. Other criteria, such as the tail or the nose, can give more acceleration or maneuverability.
The thickness is not a real criterion, the standard being 5′. We reason in volume for this type of wing board and the volume must be well distributed at the rear at the support level. However, boards can be flat or curved. A flat kite board is stable and receptive to foil movements. Curved boards are more unstable and difficult to control. The same goes for boards that are too banana-shaped, for winging it’s useless and inefficient.
What size beginner wing foil board should you choose to start with?
As we have seen, the beginner must choose one large wingfoil board with a lot of volume, which will facilitate learning. The finboard slides naturally and takes off better, the management of turns is simplified.
The beginner will need stability and glide to launch and fly, so look for an easy to maneuver kiteboard. Don’t forget that you’ll have to start over after each fall, so just make sure it’s not too difficult!
The recommended ratio for a wingfoil board beginner is the weight of the rider + 30 to 20 L. A rider already experienced in sliding sports and having already practiced windsurfing or kiteboarding can be satisfied with a ratio of 15 to 20 L.
If you are rather heavy, do not go below 130-140L. Even for light weights, it is not recommended to go below 80L for a wingfoil board.
A wingfoil board that is too small increases the fear of falling and is much more tiring. For beginners, finding the right balance will be difficult and can be a barrier to progress. On the other hand, experienced riders will be limited by an overly large wing foil board, which will be less maneuverable and less responsive.
There wing foil board you’re learning with should have enough volume to start with, but not too much to allow you to progress without having to buy a new wing foil board (even if it’s a used wing foil board!).
A larger wingfoil board is more comfortable and safer for the beginner for the following reasons: it floats better, it is stable and makes it easier to start in the water. You have to learn to stand on it first and it’s best if you don’t get cramped. In the beginning, it is not uncommon to not find the right placement. The more room there is, the easier it is to reposition yourself for better balance. THE complete wing foil packs offer large fins, inflatable or rigid.
Best Wing Board: inflatable board or stiff?
While the most experienced won’t be able to ride and jump with an inflatable wingfoil board, it is suitable for most beginners, even intermediate to advanced, for occasional practice.
With a light breeze or in moderate waves, it’s enough to have fun.
frequently asked Questions
Quelle marque de wing choisir ?
Pour débuter la société Gong Galaxy propose d’excellents pack Wingfoil pour commencer. Décathlon propose également des ailes de Wingfoil toutefois les planches ne sont pas encore disponible
Comment bien choisir son foil ?
Il y a plusieurs choses à considérer lorsque vous choisissez votre foil pour le wingfoil. Tout d’abord, pensez à la taille de votre aile. Vous voulez que votre foil soit assez grand pour soulever votre aile, mais pas trop grand ou lourd, car cela rendra le vol plus difficile. Ensuite, considérez la vitesse à laquelle vous voulez voler. Si vous voulez voler lentement et profiter du paysage, choisissez un foil plus petit qui offrira une meilleure maniabilité. Si vous voulez aller vite et faire des figures, choisissez un foil plus grand qui vous permettra d’atteindre des vitesses plus élevées.