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Take flight on water: A beginner’s guide to foiling with the Stoke Foil Boost

Estimated reading time 5 minutes

Have you experienced the thrill of foiling? Saw someone gliding across the waves and thought ‘that could be me’? We promise – it’s as fun as it looks.

In saying that, it’s not an easy joy ride, and it can be a workout for the muscles. Luckily, there’s the Stoke Foil Boost to help you get started. The Stoke Foil Boost attaches to your mast and provides a boost to get you gliding across the water more easily.

Begin your foiling journey with the Stoke Foil Boost

Just like any new skill, the learning journey for foiling is a bit different for everyone. But with a growth mindset, paired with a generous serving of patience and determination, most people will be foiling in no time. 

When you do experience that sensation of soaring over the water, it’s an unforgettable thrill. A thrill that will see you grinning from ear to ear and coming back time and time again.

Begin your foiling journey with the Stoke Foil Boost

Here are some tips on learning how to foil with the assistance of additional propulsion:

  1. Prioritise safety

Your foiling adventure begins with safety in mind. Choose a location with clear waters and a minimum depth of 1.5 metres to ensure your foil doesn’t encounter any obstacles. Equip yourself with the necessary safety gear, including an impact vest or personal flotation device and a helmet. Avoid surf zones with breaking waves when you’re learning and steer clear of swimmers and other watercraft. Remember, don’t venture too far from shore. Plus, always check and adhere to local rules.

  1. Find your balance

The easiest way to start is in a prone position. Begin with the power set to low, using the Stoke Foil Boost’ bluetooth remote. Lower power is ideal for beginners and you can increase the power as you become more confident. When your board starts to rise, shift your weight forward. You can use your hands to help bring your weight forward.

Remember, more speed equals more lift, so you will need to move forward the faster you go. Grab the rails of your board and just like on a bodyboard try to turn by shifting your weight left or right. Experiment with turning and try to do some slow 180 degree turns.

  1. Onwards and upwards

Once you’re comfortable in the prone position, gradually progress to kneeling. The next step is to stand. Unlike traditional surfing you don’t need to stand up quickly. Take your time with the focus on stability.

The other thing that’s different to surfing is you’ll need more front foot pressure on a foil. It’s a matter of finding that perfect balance point.  Experiment with your surf stance. For some, it is easier to stand with two feet on either side of the board. 

At the beginning, you don’t want to engage your foil. Keep your weight forward riding on your board. Once comfortable, you can experiment with shifting your weight backwards and as soon as the foil engages, shifting your weight to the front again. This is often referred to as “kangarooing”. Once comfortable kangarooing try to level out your weight distribution while your foil is engaged.

  1. Learning to fall

It’s exciting learning to fly, but inevitably you will need to learn to fall as well. Knowing how to fall safely is essential. When you sense a loss of balance, don’t resist it. Instead, fall in the same direction as the board. Don’t push off your board – aim to simply fall away from it. This approach reduces the chances of you falling toward the sharper wings of your foil.

  1. Getting up to speed

Once you’re at ease cruising in a straight line, it’s time to experiment with your speed. Observe how your ride becomes smoother at higher speeds, but don’t go too fast too soon. You can relish the excitement of foiling without necessarily reaching top speeds. 

When it comes to speed, remember more speed equals more lift. So, you need to adjust your weight distribution accordingly. 

  1. Move with it

It’s exciting foiling in a straight line, with the assistance of the Stoke Foil Boost, but now you’re ready to change direction. Notice that even the subtlest body movements and shifts in balance can influence the foil. Use your body weight for gentle turns and continue to practise until you feel confident in controlling the board. 

The higher you are on the mast, the less aggressive your turns can be. If you are leading your foil closer to the water surface, a sharper turn will result in foil breach and ventilation and ultimately loss of balance.

Here are some tips on learning how to foil with the assistance of additional propulsion:

Keep learning with the Stoke Foil Boost

Once you’ve experienced the thrill of flying while foiling, we’re confident you’ll be hooked. The quest to simply get out of the water will soon be replaced by bigger challenges as you progress your foiling journey.

The good news is that the Stoke Foil Boost will be along for the ride, every step of the way:

  • As a beginner, the Stoke Foil Boost will accelerate your learning and progression by allowing you to experience flight sooner and more safely.
  • As you progress, you’ll be able to practice new moves knowing you can get back on the foil faster and without fatigue.
  • You’ll be able to paddle out further and ride bigger waves earlier in the break with instant acceleration when you need it. 
  • If you want to go even further, you’ll be able to progress to higher aspect foils and smaller wings and enjoy the reduction in drag and increase in speed.
  • While the Stoke Foil Boost is perfect for prone foiling, it’s just as advantageous for SUP foiling, wing foiling and downwinding. Use it for all foil disciplines to get a boost when you need it. You’ll have the power for around 50 boosts, or around an hour’s assistance if you’re SUP foiling.

Begin your foiling adventure the easy way

Beginning your foiling adventure with the Stoke Foil Boost is easy. And it can all begin today.

Getting started with Stoke by purchasing online. Stoke Foiling will be with you every step of your foiling journey.

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