Wing foil upwind is a concern for almost everyone in the beginning. The reason is that most people are inexperienced, and many fly the “bad” way. It takes time to become flexible. Pursue a few or more sessions.
While wing foil upwind, there are a few backs and forth, a few things to do:
- Know where the wind comes from. The new sport takes over your brain, and you naturally feel the wind slowly. So we reference and aim for the crosswind.
- Turn around. If you walk 500m in a 90° wind, crosswind direction, you must follow the route precisely in the opposite direction. So go back to where you started.
- Don’t waste time dealing with the wings, as this is a significant ground loss. You end up drifting at crazy speeds.
- You want to fly: OK. But trying to pass results in the need for more strength to make up for your lack of skill. Even if you end up with a tailwind, it works, but it can quickly turn into a bad reaction. However, wings work primarily in solid winds, so you’ll catch up with your wind speed very slowly instead of generating wind speed as quickly as you do during these launch phases.
- Keep the wing foil in one direction. You can choose to go back. So always try to stay ahead at sea.
- Pull your wings back a bit. People who can’t usually go upwind will feel shocked when there is a Wing in front of them. It’s like a windsurfing sail: if you prop it up, it will drive you crazy.
- Having proper standing and propping them up helps with headwinds. Then putting them on the windward side of the board will make you fly badly and miss the right moment. Your feet should be close to the centerline of the board or frame.
- You being on the fixed side: operate on your windward side. Do whatever you can to enjoy your talent in this area. Don’t be fooled by the excitement of flying when sailing downwind.
- You can’t just fly on one side, so don’t try to pass if you’re already drawn to the wind: focus on heading and return to your starting point slowly.
- The last way: is prone paddle. You put your wings on its back. The board is facing the wind, and the wings are behind, lie on the board, put your feet on the leading edges of the wings, and paddle.
- The ultimate solution is to find someone who can help you and drag your gear back to the beach.