What are the key questions?

Like newspaper headlines, we use key questions to help you find the information that is relevant to where you are in your learning journey.  Here are the key questions in this section.

  • What is foiling? A foil consists of a wing and stabilizer wing attached to a mast by a fuselage. The mast and wings attach to a board that a foiler rides.  Foil manufacturers make foils and boards for surfing, stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding, wake foiling, and kite or wing foiling--and combinations of those sports.  Gear FLX offers gear for surf foiling, SUP foiling, wake foiling, and wing foiling.

  • How might you learn to foil? Although foil sports are relatively new, resources exist to help you prepare for (and improve in) a foil sport. For example, Slingshot Sports created the foil academy, and foil pioneers shared a panel discussion about foil safety here.  When you are new to a foil sport, you will learn more safely and quickly if you access appropriate training resources and get training from a professional.​​

The sections below expand on the summary of what foiling is and how you might learn to foil. (Feel free to let us know about other helpful resources: we want to continue learning, too.)

What is foiling?

Foiling is the art and joy of riding a board that connects to a hydrofoil.  The hydrofoil has five main parts: two wings, a fuselage, a mast, and a board. 

How a foil board works
Slingshot WF-1 wakefoil board and hover glide foil with parts labled
 

How might you learn to foil?

Resources exist to help you prepare for (and improve in) a foil sport. For example, Slingshot Sports created the foil academy, and foil pioneers shared a panel discussion about foil safety here.  When you are new to a foil sport, you will learn more safely and quickly if you access appropriate training resources and get training from a professional.​

We also kept (and are happy to share) our notes as we learned to foil. 

Here's a video learning journal from our first 14 foil sessions.