Wing foil is beginning to be enjoyed by more and more people. When we start learning wing surf, we cannot always move in one direction. So we need to change the direction. This article will give the advice to teach you how to turn on wing foil.
Time to hit the water!
Once you’ve practised your wing movements on land, it’s time to dive into the water. It is expected that you fall in various ways on your first try. We highly recommend trying your first jibe with a helmet and bulletproof vest.
How to do a turn on Wing Foil?
It is impossible not to touch the sea during the whole practice. Turn on turns you around and provides exhilarating acceleration. Learning to turn is also fundamental to start having fun in the waves and tackling the first wave in WingFoil. Additionally, mastering this skill will allow you to progress in Wing Wave.
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Like in windsurfing, the jibing in the wing foil allows you to turn in leeward conditions before positioning to learn this action because it is easier to do. Before you start, choose a flat body of water, not too many people, with 15 to 20 knots of wind and no onshore winds. Also, it will be easier to start without the straps. You have more flexibility to find errors, allowing you to promptly correct the mistakes that may appear on the board.
There are two basic approaches to successful turns in WingFoiling. Regular pose or Jibe switch. The standard pose requires you to change the posture after completing the curve. It’s also simple as you attack the flank-facing angle to exit from behind. The second method is Switch Stance or Switch to Jibe, which requires you to reverse your feet before starting the turn. This jibe is the easiest because you don’t have to worry about swapping feet at the end. However, this also depends on the individual. You may feel more appropriate doing a standard jibe on one side and switching to a jibe. You can test both to consider which one is easier for you.
How to turn on Wing Foil?
Jibe to switch
It would help if you switched feet at the end of the turn to do this. At the same time, your should press down your toes to follow the curve.
- Starting position: You need the right speed in the beginning. You have to be in the air and stable in crosswinds. The foils are not too high above the water to avoid uncontrol during operation. The feet are on the longitudinal axis of the board.
- Entering the bend: Lower your body slightly as your weight shifts to your toes. The board then pitches towards the centre of the turn away from the wind. The wing slowly rises until it is level with the level overhead. The feet remain on the longitudinal axis of the board.
- Change the wings: When the wind is down, change the position of the front hand first. Wrist adjustment to rotate the wings. Then let go and grab with the backhand. The wings are rotated with the front hand. The idle hand becomes the backhand. It catches the wing and restores power. After a series of movements, your toes need to stay supported and continue into the curve.
- Changes in foot position: We have passed the wind axis. The wing is on the right, and we just need to reposition our feet. Most importantly, ease your support on the board by giving yourself some height before the transition. Then make the switch, taking the chassé steps to swap the front and back feet. The feet must remain centred on the board.
- The curve ends and starts over: you must now speed up. Return your feet to their original positions. The wings are tilted towards the water. If needed, you can pump a little to get the board running again and use the wing to pump.
- Start your jibe with good speed and crosswinds.
- Tilt the board towards the water with the wings level overhead. Join the curve.
- Rotate the wing by changing the position of your hand on a tailwind while continuing into the corner.
- Switch. Before switching feet, don’t forget the little urge in your back and give yourself some height.
- Start over at the end of the curve by pumping.
Switch To Jibe :
- Starting position: The same as the first movement.
- Change foot position: Before switching support points, lightly push on your back foot to bring the board up, reducing your weight. At this point, hit the support point on the board (during the rising phase of the board). As your body’s centre of gravity moves forward, your board tilts down (hence the need to lift it, which gives you more flight time). This step will provide you with the height and make it easier to restart. Once given the motivation, there is a big step forward. The positions of the two feet are opposite. You end up with both heels facing the wing (downwind). The balance will be better if the front foot is positioned slightly downwind (and the rear foot slightly upwind) for easier cornering.
- Engagement curve: Press the heel to engage the jibe. Keep the surfboard away from the wind. Gradually raise the wing over your head until it is almost level with the horizontal. The curve should preferably be stable and wide. This makes you to maintain speed until you no longer turn. When all is well, there is a sense of acceleration. However, throughout the jibe trajectory, you keep your heels, not your toes, supported to continue into the curve.
- Change the wing profile: The principle is the same as the first action. Raise your wings
slightly overhead (nearly horizontal) to change direction. The backhand replaces the front hand, and vice versa.
- End of the curve and start over: You must now speed up. Return your feet to their original positions. Tilt the wings towards the water. You can pump a little and let the board reboot. Maintain a forward-looking posture for better control of your trajectory.
1. Start your jibe with good speed and crosswind.
2. Switch feet after a bit of push from the rear foot to move the board upwards, reducing the support force.
3. Get into the curve by pressing down on your heels and gradually raising the wing above your head until it’s almost level.
4. Change the wing to the side by exchanging hands.
- Restart the speed at the end of the curve.
1. Speed is essential. Don’t be afraid to start the manoeuvre quickly!
2. Maintaining momentum during turns is the key to achieving your goals!
3. Try to keep your body in line with the foil mast.
4. Do not turn from narrow windward angles. It’s so hard to keep up the pace!
5. The faster you go while carving, the more you can lean.
6. Placing the rear feet from the board’s centerline toward the new windward rail will help flatten the board.
7. Never forget the basic moves to see where you go and stay motivated.
8. Where you look, where you point your head, you will go.
9. Try the transition on a flat spot.