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Buy guide for kite foil products

You have probably seen kitefoiling? Kitefoiling attracts a lot of attention because it looks so special. Someone kiting, who floats above the water with his board ... In the past years we see more and more Hydrofoils around the globe, which is not surprising, because the kitesurfing sport is still growing and people are looking for ways to use it. You only need a little amount of wind to get out on the water. Kitefoiling is the solution, from 8 knots you are ready to get out on the water. Fun fact: kitefoiling is a new discipline within the Olympic Games from 2024.

What is kite foiling?

Kitefoiling is different from 'normal' kitefoiling. With kitefoiling, the kiteboard gets support by a hydrofoil. You can compare a hydrofoil with an airplane wing with a mast attached to it. Thanks to this hydrofoil, you float with your board above water. The feeling that kitefoiling gives is a completely different feeling than kiting on the water. The biggest advantage is that foiling can be done with little wind.

Is kitefoiling difficult?

You've probably heard it before? Learning to foil is tricky, difficult and hard. But in the right circumstances with the right equipment it is completely safe and certainly not impossible to learn. Kitefoiling can be done with very little wind, but in the beginning it is easier to practice with more wind. The more pressure in the kite, the more you can focus on the foil.

The flatter the water, the easier it becomes. In addition, stable wind is nice to keep your balance and don't forget to go somewhere the water is deep enough, otherwise you will accidentally hit the bottom with your hydrofoil. The perfect conditions, of course, would be where you can still stand, but the wing is unable to hit the bottom. Also look carefully at obstacles in the area, make sure you have a lot of open space. We also recommend wearing a life jacket and a helmet.

Start kitefoiling

If you are new to foiling you want to start with a board with a relatively large volume. A lot of volume ensures that you can get into planing with little speed. Make sure your bindings are not too tight so that you can easily jump out of your bindings after a crash. To begin with, we recommend starting with a shorter mast so that you are not that high above the water. There are many different sizes and wings, start with a wing that is wide and thick, this way you have the most stable wing that will help you out of the water with little wind.

Kite Foil waterstart

Place the kite at 12 o'clock and put your feet in the foot straps of the board. Then you want to send in the kite as you do with your twintip. Put on the bar and send the kite down and push the bar away from you when the kite goes up. Keep the kite at 45 degrees once you are well balanced.

Make sure you place the board downwind, very important that you put some pressure on your front foot instead of your back foot so that your board floats on the water. Keep your board in a stable position on the water, and your kite at 45 degrees, try to keep your balance.

If that goes well, start putting a little pressure on your back foot. Don't go too fast, start with a little pressure on your back foot. The board doesn't need much to get out of the water, so don't push too hard all at once (this will save you a launch). Once the board comes out of the water, it's time to balance it out by standing a little more upright and putting a little more pressure on your front foot. This will take some time to apply the correct pressure. Try to lift your board out of the water a few times until you master the balance.

Once you've mastered this, you can lean back a bit more like you would with a twin tip. Divide the pressure between the front and back feet. And you will find yourself getting upwind easily. If you want to go downwind more, stand up a bit more with a little more pressure on your front foot.

Once all of this goes well, it is time to start the spin. At the beginning it is easy to lower yourself into the water and turn the board by hand and before riding back. But as soon as you start to get the hang of foiling, you want to make sure that the board turns without ever touching the water. Start turning your body in the position you want to go. Then you want to move your front foot in that direction as well, your board will follow the movement and turn with you.

Anyone can learn to kite foil. It can be a bit tricky at first, but with a little persistence you will definitely learn. And once you get the hang of it, you can almost always get out on the water. Do you find it difficult to find the right kitefoil? Please feel free to contact us by e-mail or telephone, you can also visit our shop. Here you will receive professional advice from one of our employees while enjoying a cup of coffee!

Kite Foil boards 

The easiest way to start with a kitefoiling is a board with relatively much volume and a good rocker on the nose. A lot of volume ensures that you can get into plane with your board with little speed. A round nose ensures that you are less likely to gasp water. If you are more advanced, it is nice to take a smaller, more manoeuvrable board.

Kite Foil mast

The hydrofoil is connected to the board by a mast. A hydrofoil mast comes in all kinds of different sizes.

  • 60 cm kitefoil mast: Perfect to start with
  • 75 cm kitefoil mast: A nice distance to the water, ideal for flat water. The advantage of medium mast is that you can also kitefoil in slightly shallower water without hitting the bottom.
  • 90 cm kitefoil mast: This is a nice mast length for foiling at speed. Nice and high above the water so your foil won't hit the water quickly due to a wave or choppy water.

Kite Foil Front wing

The kitefoil wing provides speed and lift. Here too there are different sizes and disciplines.

Size of the front wing

The main factors determining the size of the front wing. A lighter kitefoiler needs a smaller front wing to get up to speed and not get too much lift. A heavier kitefoiler needs a larger front wing to get out of the water easily. Wings can also often be replaced, if you want to switch between freeride and surf for example.

  • Freeride wing: A freeride wing is the best choice to learn kitefoiling. A freeride wing is an all-round kitefoil and is therefor ideal to master foiling. It is a stable, predictable kitefoil that you will soon have under control. Still, you will enjoy a freeride wing for a long time and it will help you take your skills to the next level.
  • Freeride crossover wing: This is the most versatile wing, for the more experienced kite surfers. Whether you are sailing at sea or want to freeride on flat water or make jumps, with a freeride crossover wing you can go in any direction. The wings are stable and easy to use. In addition, they are reasonably fast and you can therefore foil with them at speed.
  • Surf wing: This wing has been specially developed for kite-foiling in the waves. A surf wing is a somewhat larger and slower wing with carrying capacity that gives the kitefoiler quite a bit of time to tack. The surf wing is made to lift you quickly out of the water. They have a fair amount of drag, this ensures that you can surf the wave well instead of passing the wave. A surf wing can often also be used for surf foiling without a kite or on flat water with a small kite.
  • Performance wing: A performance wing is a combination between a freeride and a racing wing. The wing has less lift, so it takes a little more effort to start with little wind. This wing is suitable for foilers who love speed but also want to freeride.
  • High performance wing: This wing is made for speed. Everything about this wing is made to go as fast as possible but still remain very stable. Special masts have been developed for these wings. A high performance wing has been specially developed for kitefoil racing.

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