We put together a new series of videos on how to foil with tips for both SUP and prone foil surfing.
Before going into the surf, we recommend taking a lesson foiling behind a boat or jet ski
The easiest way to learn Foiling is getting towed by a good instructor. Learning the feel of the hydrofoil behind a boat or jet ski makes it easier to progress into foil surfing and kitefoiling. Join the Blue Planet team as Luca and Tyler get their first foilboarding lesson with Robert Stehlik. Includes instruction on starting on a SUP foil board and on a smaller prone foil board as well as tips for the boat captain. Learning the feel of the foil behind a boat or jet ski makes it easier to learn foil surfing or kitesurfing with a foil.
#1: How to paddle straight on a short SUP board.
To make a short board go straight, the stoke has to be modified. I find short strokes pulling towards the feet and ending by the toes seem to work best. Angling the blade towards the body, starting the stroke far in front and taking short strokes pulling the board straight forward are described in the video.
#2: How to catch a wave on a Foil board. Robert Stehlik and Sam Pa'e give step by step directions and tips on choosing the right spot and technique for catching the wave by paddling front side, placing feet over foil and on center line of board and popping up on the foil by unweighting the feet as the board accelerates. We also show video showing the how we catch waves on both SUP and foil boards.
#3: In this lesson we talk about flying the foil and maintaining speed after catching the wave and taking off. Many beginners go straight down the face of the wave into the flats where they lose speed and drop off the foil. The trick to maintaining speed is to keep angling on the face of the wave to stay higher on the sloping part of the wave.
#4: How to pump a hydrofoil. Daniel Kaahanui demonstrates and talks about how to pump back out to catch another wave on a foil surfboard. Zane Saenz shows and explains how to get a SUP foil board up on a foil in flatwater and keeping it going using the paddle and hopping up and down to keep it on a foil.
#5 This is the final video in our How To Foil series- turning and carving on a foil.
This one is also a bit more advanced, we talk about how carving is a way to generate speed much like pumping and allows you to stay on the steeper part of the wave.
Also covered are equipment- shorter, smaller, lighter boards make carving easier to initiate and control, while smaller wings will allow more control at higher speeds and in steeper waves. A longer mast will allow steeper banking without overfoiling (breaching the hydrofoil and losing lift) or touching the rails, while a shorter mast is easier to control and feels less tippy. Foot straps allow for more board control and a solid connection to the board but are tricky to get into on takeoff and can be dangerous if you can't eject when falling backwards, the front strap can also get in the way of paddling on a prone foil surf board.