Intro to Kite Foiling
Kite Foiling has been around for about ten years. The sport gives you the ability to effortlessly ‘fly’ on top of the water. You can have a smooth ride even when it’s choppy. It is a thoroughly enjoyable activity that is loved by many, so why not give it a go?
What is Kite Foiling?
A kite foil is a piece of equipment consisting of two wings, essentially a model glider. This foil is attached to a 1m mast and then it is attached to a surfboard. The kite powers the rider as they stand on the surfboard; the faster you go, the more lift the foil generates. To control elevation, you apply pressure through your feet and drive forward via the kite. Kite Foiling is fast as the foil cuts through the water with minimal drag; expect to reach speeds of 25-30knots. A great thing about kite foiling is that you can do it in all conditions, whether it is windy or not. However, if you are learning, it is best to be in more blustery conditions so that the kite remains stable in the air. Also, it is advised that when you’re just starting, you use a slightly smaller kite than you usually would so that you don’t overpower yourself. As you glide 1m above the water, it is silent and effortless; this is why the sport is loved by many.
What Foil is Best for You?
Foils are built for different riding styles to ensure the best experience. Mast lengths, wing shapes and aspect ratios all vary depending on what sort of ride you’re looking for on the water.
Low Aspect Foil
Low aspect foils generate lift at lower speeds; this means that you don’t have to be as powered to achieve flight. The mast on these foils tends to range from 45cm to 70cm, depending on the brand and package you purchase. Beginners will benefit from using this foil as they can practice at a slower speed and then move to a faster foil once confident in the skill. The low aspect foil can also be used for wave riding; it will offer more stability than the faster foils, therefore creating a more comfortable ride.
Medium Aspect Foil
The bonus of the medium aspect foil is that the mast is slightly longer than the entry level, this will sit at around 90cm. The extra length in the mast will give you the perfect balance between speed and stability when riding. You will be able to achieve faster speeds with this foil.
High Aspect Foil
You will tend to see this foil in races as they provide the highest speeds. The top foilers achieve speeds of 30knots in just 6-10knots of wind. The high rates are managed as the front wing is a lot higher aspect than the low and medium foils. The high aspect foil also offers glide and stability.
Top Tips for Kite Foiling
It is essential to wear as much protective clothing as possible to prevent injuries. Sessions should be short as it is easy to get exhausted quickly, and this sport requires a lot of focus and concentration. We recommend that you use a ‘just’ powered kite at first; this will allow you to get used to the feel of the ride and learn the basics before using more power. Deep water is essential; you should always have enough water under your foil at all times. It is also good to kite with other foil boarders; this way you have others to help you and can also share your experiences with them.
Hopefully, this has inspired you to try something new and learn how to kite foil. Check out our range of equipment to get you started; we offer foils, boards, kitesurfing kites and much more. You may also want to know the Top 5 Kitesurfing Kites for 2019 so that you can get the best of the best!