Wing-a-Ding: Equipment

Board

  • No need to start with a regular SUP. Best to use a larger foil board with foil attached, foil boards are generally short and wide so you will need to get used to that 
  • You will want to start with a decent sized board with plenty of volume. Don’t go too small too early
  • Generally you will want at least 15-40 litres more than your body weight in kilograms. For example if I am 82kg I would want to start on something at least 100L but nothing bigger than 120L
  • If your balance is better go for something closer to 15L more than your body weight. If your balance is poor go for something 30+L more than your bodyweight
  • Take into account the width and length of the board, wider is always more stable but not if it is super short

Foil

  • You don’t want to lift onto the foil on your first few attempts so the foil is just there for balance and to act as a big fin
  • If you do feel lift and you are out of control just let go of the back handle on your wing
  • Use a short mast, a large front and back wing and a long fuselage to learn the basics, it will allow things to move slower, lift earlier and all in all be more predictable.

Wing

  • The size of your wing totally depends on the consistency and strength of the wind available to you and your body weight
  • The wing sizes below are based on someone who weighs around 80kg, if you are lighter you can use something a little smaller if you are heavier you will want to use something a little larger
  • For anything under 10 knots you will want a wing 6m or larger in size
  • For wind between 10 and 15 knots a 5m wing works best
  • For wind over 15 knots and gusting to 20+ knots a 4m wing works best
  • For winds over 20 knots you can use a wing smaller than 4m
  • It is worth noting that wings do depower relatively easily just be releasing the back hand
  • If you do find yourself in winds too strong for your wing you will fly it above your head more often and release the back hand when there is too much power