Windsurfing Foil Tips
Windsurf Foiling Setup and Choosing Equipment.
Been Windsurf Foiling for the past five years. Have experience on lots of different foils, sails and boards. The newer equipment is so much more balanced and easier to use.
Windsurfer foiling can be made easier by starting with wider boards. Wider boards are easier to up haul. Shorter boards are easier to balance on the foil. Most windsurf foil boards are between six and seven feet long. Foil boards typically have 75 to 107 cm between the fin box front screw on the foil and the back of the foil mast track. Having some nose rocker on the bottom of the board softens the landings Long race fuselages would add more balance needed with big sails. Locally the trend has been. Small sails and big foils vs big sails small race foils.
Foil Mast placement on track mount boards has a big effect on lift Forward more lift and backwards less lift. The mast foot placement also effects the lift of the foil board. When the mast foot is placed forward it keeps the nose down of the board. The rig is pushing down on the nose of the board. When the mast foot is moved back you get more lift. The foot straps should be set up so you’re balanced over the front foil. Most people start with no straps. Then add straps when they find the best location for the straps.
Windsurf sails work fine in the beginning. But the foil sails are lighter and have more wind range. They have more power lower in the sail. The sail shape can go from very deep pocket to almost flat. This wind range helps us use smaller sails in the same wind. And the light sails are much easier to jibe.