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COVID update

Under the new NSW Health Rules (Oct. 2021) we are now allowed to teach people who are Vaccinated. If you want a Foiling lesson email us: ([email protected]) and we will get you foiling! We expect the rules to be relaxed further in late October 2021.

KEEN TO GET INTO FOILING?

You have come to the right place! Wether you want to Surf, Wing, Windsurf or Kite on a FOIL we teach the basic skills required to get you going SAFELY. Riding a Hydrofoil is counter intuitive to normal ‘board riding’ and requires a skill set best learnt in calm, open water behind a boat. We have been teaching clients how to ride a Hydrofoil since 2017 at Balmoral Beach, Sydney.

WING FOILING – GETTING STARTED

For FOIL SURFING – GETTING STARTED – see article below.

WING FOILING or WING SURFING is the ultimate combination the efficiency of the Hydrofoil and a hand held Wing. It is the closest you will ever get to flying across the Ocean! WING FOILING brings together some unique skills. We break these down and teach them separately to speed up the learning process.

We teach WING FOILING in three parts:

1. FOILING behind our boat at Balmoral

2. WING HANDLING on a Sup or Windsurfer at Narabeen Lakes

3. FIRST FLIGHT – learning to Wing on a Foilboard 

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BREAK IT DOWN

Step 1.  FOILING behind our boat at Balmoral

             Knowing how to foil and maintain flight in bumpy conditions is key to foiling. We teach this                 behind our boat at Balmoral ( 3-4 days a week at 7:15am).

             COST: We need two people. $180pp for your first lesson. This is a 1.5-2 hour lesson.                         Currently (October 2021) you must be fully vaccinated.

             **EMAIL US and let us know if you are two or single and if you can do weekdays at 7am

Step 2. WING SKILLS – handling on a Sup or Windsurfer at

              Narabeen  Lake.

            Understanding the wind and basic sailing skills required for WING FOILING

            HIRE COST: $60 per hour. Add $50 for 30 minutes instruction to get you going.

            We can supply the WING and BOARD.

            You will need 2-3 hours in 8-15 knots. 

            We will recommend the best day and conditions to go out.

Step 3. FIRST FOIL FLIGHT – learning to Wing on a Foilboard 

            This is when you combine the WING with the FOIL and start flying.

            We teach at a number of locations. $150 per hour. You will need 2-3 hours

            We can supply the WING, the FOIL and the BOARD.

            Email [email protected] or CALL US NOW to arrange your lesson – 0414 542 225

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FOILSURFING – GETTING STARTED

FOIL SURFING is easy, if you take your time and learn to fly the foil before going out into the ocean. FOIL SURFING is counter intuitive – you use more front foot pressure than you do surfing. Surfing a Foilboard is like riding a Unicycle. You are taking away a wheel and leaving the flat surface of the water. It is a totally unique balancing experience and small body movements have a huge impact. We teach the basics behind our boat so they become second nature when you attach the foil to your favourite board.

FOILSURFING -PATHWAY TO FLIGHT

1. Firstly, it helps to be proficient at the sport you want to Foil in. Intermediate Kite, Wind/Wing, Surf or short SUP skills will allow you to progress quicker. You don’t want to be learning to ride the board and the foil at the same time.

2. It doesn’t matter how proficient you are, it will save you hours of frustration if you learn to Foil before go into the ocean. From our experience, proficient surfers often have more trouble adapting to this completely counter intuitive, new way of riding a board.

3. The quickest way to learn to Foil is behind a boat with the right gear and the right instruction. As one legend of the sport, Dave Kalama so eloquently puts it (see video below): “Getting behind a boat on flat water will give you time to break it down and learn to fly first. You only have 10-15 seconds on a wave to get your body position right. Behind a boat you have as long as you want. Besides being safer, it will catapult your learning experience.”

4. Follow this up with some one-on-one in the surf with a qualified instructor like James Casey and you are guaranteed the best chances of success.

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Body and foot positioning are critical if you want to foil successfully.

We teach Foilboarding at Balmoral Beach. We have boats, boards and Foils specifically designed for learning and progressing. Get your flying skills honed behind a boat before you enter the ocean and you will save HOURS of frustration.

Where: Balmoral Beach/Sydney Harbour

Cost: 1.5 hour Foil Boarding Lesson – $180pp. We require two people to run a lesson. If it is just yourself we will find someone. Three people -$450 for 2 hours.

KIDS: We teach children 14+ if accompanied by their parent. Some board riding/surfing skills are a pre-requisite if you want to maximise the session

We teach from 7-7.30am weekdays and weekends. We supply everything including safety gear. Email or call Andrew Allen to book your lesson – 0414 542 225

Foilboarding Lesson Gift Vouchers 

Please email [email protected] for details.

For personal one-on-one sessions in the ocean call us on 0414 542 225

FOILBOARDING FAQ

WHY IS FOIL BOARDING JUST TAKING OFF NOW? Hydro foils have been around for decades. Only recently has the design and technology come together to enable you to surf waves unassisted. The new low speed foils can be paddled into ocean swells or waves.

IS FOIL BOARDING EASY? Yes, if done properly. The pathway to Foilboarding is an easy one if you spend some time ‘unlearning’ and teaching your body to ‘hover’ or ‘fly’ the board.

IS FOIL BOARDING SAFE? Yes. Sure there are plenty of horror stories of people getting injured by not learning the basics before heading out into the waves. If you follow the Pathway to Foilboarding you are guaranteed a safer experience. A helmet and an impact vest are standard safety equipment for learning.

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This is called ‘folding’. It is easy to avoid if your body knows how to foil before you venture into the waves.

WHICH IS THE BEST HYDRO FOIL FOR ME?  ANSWERS HERE

WHICH IS THE BEST FOIL BOARD FOR ME? ANSWERS HERE

CAN I RETRO FIT MY BOARD FOR FOILING? ANSWERS HERE

 

FOILBOARDING and FOIL SURFING TIPS

by Andrew Allen

DON’T RUSH IT

The biggest mistake you can make is to rush into this sport. The best tip I ever received was ‘learn to foil before you head into the ocean”. Get behind a boat and hone your foiling and hovering skills will save you months of frustration.

SAFETY FIRST

By learning to foil before you venture into waves you will gain the necessary skills to ride SAFE for both you and others.

I have been riding foils and surfing foils for over a year. I am no pro, but I have never badly bruised or broken skin with my foil. This does not mean that it is fool proof. Nothing ever is. But take it slowly and use common sense and it can be no more dangerous than normal surfing.

Always wear a LEASH and I would recommend a HELMET and IMPACT VEST for next level safety.

If you or others get hit by the foil it is going to get hurt. So make sure you find a quiet spot, with no one else out, with deep water for all your learning sessions.

GET GOOD ADVICE

I was lucky enough to get into the sport about a year after it really started. I watched my friends struggle for at least 6 months. I learnt a lot from them. Good advice from experienced Foil surfers who have NOT forgotten what it is like to learn, is a great way to start. GOOD ADVICE will save you hours of frustration and a whole lot of money.

START ON THE RIGHT GEAR

Starting out on the right Foil and Foil board gear that will allow you to progress and upgrade will save you money in the long run.

The sport of Foil boarding is progressing rapidly and the smallest adjustments to your foil, board. mast and stance can be the difference between success and failure.

 

FOOT PLACEMENT and weighting

These two things are the key to success. No matter what size your board is, it is only there to get you up on to the foil. Once you are up you are standing you are basically balancing on a long skateboard and trying to ride it on a 4′ pole. Stance, weighting and foot placement are critical.

– You MUST be on the center line of the board. Maintain a centered stance, similar to snowboarding .

– Front foot pressure is the key to holding the ‘foil’ and not breaching ( crashing down nose first)

– Your rear foot must be over or behind the foil mast. Your front foot should be 55-60cm from your rear foot.

 

LEARN TO COME DOWN – NOT UP

There is no point learning to fly if you cannot land. Your foil just wants to fly and keep going! Learnt to bring it down and you will learn how much front foot pressure you need to hold the ‘foil’.

DEEP WATER and GUTTERS

For surfing these are your friend. The deeper the water the fatter the wave, the better. All you need is a crest to get onto the wave. Once your up all you need is a moderate soft wave face.

WING SURFING / WING DING / WING FOILING

You will need a short SUP (6-8′) that you can stand on with a decent size (large/XL) foil front wing. I recommend a 5m Wing for most riders starting out. 10-15 nots is perfect for learning. Find yourself some flat water (a lake or inlet is perfect) and save yourself some frustration by making sure the wind is cross-shore. On shore is fine but as you have to bear-away to get going it is harder to start when the wind is on-shore. If you want more info or tips just give me a call – 041 542 225

 

DON’TS

DON’T forget your leash

DON’T kick your foil

DON’T rush the learning experience

DON’T foil surf near other surfers

DON’T go out in shallow water or reefs unless you are experienced.

PLEASE stay away from other water users so we can ALL continue to enjoy the sport

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFO – call Andrew Allen 0414 542 225

WHETHER PADDLING OR TOWING INTO OCEAN SWELLS, YOU CAN SEE WHY IT IS SO ADDICTIVE!

SLINGSHOT Foil Surfing – easy as! The Skywalker Surf Foil board in action.

Kai Lenny shows us how to pump or ‘Huntington hop’ your foil board from swell to swell