Frequently asked questions about the new trend sport wing foil
EVERYONE CAN LEARN WING FOIL - BE ONE OF THE FIRST!
- ISN'T WINGFOILEN DIFFICULT TO LEARN?
- IS WINGFOILEN DANGEROUS?
- DO I NEED TO TAKE A COURSE?
- HOW FAST DO I LEARN WINGFOILING?
- DO I NEED PRIOR KNOWLEDGE?
- I ONLY MAKE PROGRESS VERY SLOWLY, WHAT'S THE BIG
- KITESURFING IS TOO DANGEROUS FOR ME, IS WINGFOILEN WHAT FOR ME?
- IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION FOR WINGFOILING?
- HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE IN A WINDSURF GROUP COURSE?
- I CAN ALREADY KNOW WINGFOILING, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN ABOUT IT, ARE THERE COURSES?
- WHAT DO I NEED FOR THE WING FOIL COURSE?
- WINGFOIL WITH OR WITHOUT A TRAPEZONE?
- WILL I RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE AFTER THE COURSE?
- WHAT IF THERE IS NO WIND OR TOO MUCH WIND?
ISN'T WINGFOILEN DIFFICULT TO LEARN?
No. The level of difficulty is like the first attempts at kitesurfing or windsurfing. It is a very intuitive sport where you can rely on your feelings. Those who have a good sense of balance find it particularly easy. However, the beginning is made easy because you start surfing without a foil. You will quickly learn how to combine things properly so that you can run uphill and get back to where you left off. If you run up safely, off you go. You get the foil mounted and try to take off the first few times. It's best to take small steps. Briefly up, then down again. In this way you gradually learn to deal with the new surfing feeling.
Then when you've got it, you're addicted. Guaranteed. You take off and everything becomes very quiet and light, you float in the air and your foil is just below the surface of the water. It's just indescribably beautiful!
Wing foiling is definitely the supreme discipline of surfing, as the driver also has to control the fourth axis (height axis). However, this can be learned relatively quickly with the right material. During normal surfing, kiting, wakeboarding or windsurfing, the following axes must be checked:
• Pitch axis (balance / nod the board from front to back)
• Roll axis (balance / tilt board sideways)
• Yaw axis (push board in the wind or room wind / turn on the plate / yaw)
Is Wing foil dangerous?
No, wing foiling is not dangerous. As long as you have safely learned how to handle the material and know when wingfoil conditions are and when not. Of course, you should also know when to go into the water "with the foil mounted" and when, even better, not yet. The risk of injury is then very low. It is similar to windsurfing.
Do I have to do a course?
A course is definitely advisable for all newbies to water sports. As a beginner you shouldn't just try it out on your own, because this is not just about your own safety, you can also endanger others at the beginning. The main problem, however, is that you have to know exactly in which wind / weather conditions you can go on the water. A professional Wingfoil course will make your progress much more effective and you will also start with a good feeling and much more self-confidently! Especially as a beginner, the surf market is not particularly easy to understand. With us you can "take everything in hand" and form your own picture. We'll tell you what's important!
How quickly do I learn wingfoiling?
That depends entirely on the skill, motor skills and previous experience of the student. In general, the learning curve for wing foiling can be compared to that for kitesurfing. There is now a lot of experience here. As an example, let's take an inexperienced student who has no experience with water sports: With wing foiling, you will learn more quickly because there are fewer things to know, i.e. less complexity, especially when it comes to the wing. A shorter safety briefing is sufficient, e.g. no lines are used that can be tied incorrectly. That means, it’s always faster in the water than when kiting. The students feel very safe at the beginning, because you can let go of the wing at any time.
Just the start process when kiting “eats up” a lot of time and requires a lot of skill. With the wing it starts immediately without a foil - you drive!
Do I need previous knowledge?
Not necessarily. Of course, you make faster progress with a certain level of sportiness. But this is the case with every sport that you learn from scratch. A good sense of balance is always an advantage. You will benefit most from a windsurfing course that you have already completed. Windsurfing is closest to wing foiling. While windsurfing you already got a feeling for what it is like to actively work with the wind.
I'm making very slow progress, why is that?
Mostly it's the wrong material. Board too big or too small, foil too big or too small. Another reason can be incorrectly set material. In general, wing foiling is a sport in which the material has to be extremely well coordinated. The better it is tuned, the less stressful it is in the arms.
Kitesurfing is too dangerous for me, is wing foiling something for me?
Wingfoiling is the right choice for everyone for whom kitesurfing, for example, carries too many risks. If you are overpowered, you will notice this immediately and simply let go of the wing. He then floats 1.5 meters in front of you and then gently lies down on the water. The areas differ more often from those where you can kite optimally. With wing foiling, other things are more important than with kitesurfing, such as a little deeper water etc.
Is there an age limit for wing foiling?
Anyone can learn wingfoiling as long as one is physically and mentally fit and healthy. We train young students from the age of 12.
How many students are there in a windsurf group course?
We train with a maximum of 4 students per teacher. However, we pay particular attention to a small group size, this is the only way we can look after you intensively and you can learn to windsurf as quickly and effectively as possible.
I can already wingfoil, but I still want to learn something. Are there courses for this?
We also offer individual courses and private lessons for the more advanced among you who would like to improve your first basic knowledge.
What do I need for the wing foil course?
All equipment such as You can of course get a helmet, wetsuit, life jacket and shoes from us. So you only need to bring a towel, sunscreen, possibly a hat or cap and something to drink with you.
Wing Foil with or without a harness?
The great thing about wing foiling is the fact that you don't need a harness. This makes it very playful to deal with. But of course, you can mount a harness line and also ride in a harness! It depends on which model you buy. There are some with a harness option and some without.
Do I get a certificate after the course?
As an officially licensed VDWS kite and windsurf school, we will also grant you the VDWS Wing Foil license, if you want. The license is valid worldwide and you need it in particular to be able to borrow material. Your driving skills are shown on it and updated as you progress. There is an extra fee of 40 € for the initial issue of the license.
What if there is no wind or too much wind?
We always try to find the best possible conditions for your course so that you can learn optimally. If the weather lets us down, we will give you a voucher that you can redeem at one of our three schools.
We wish you a lot of fun and success with your wing foil course.
Here you can take your wing foil course on Lake Garda.