LEARN HOW TO WING SURF!
Wingsurfing is undoubtedly the new watersport trend: a brand new wind driven sport fastly growing in popularity, attracting both expert and first time riders with no previous watersport experience.
The number one reason why it's so popular is that anyone can do it! The advantages of Wing Foiling are: easy to learn, less equipment, quicker to set-up, low wind riding and safety.
You can literally surf anywhere there’s enough water for your board to float.
To find out how easy this sport really is, take advantage of our private wing-foil lessons!
At ESA we offer wingsurf lessons for all levels. We have the right wingsurf equipment for first time wingsurfers and high end gear for intermediate or advanced wingfoil-ers who want to improve their riding technique.
When you come to wingfoil for the first time, it is important that you learn how to handle the handheld wing (your inflated sail) and a board. During this level you will learn to sail back and forth on a large SUP/windsurf board with a center fin, so you can learn how to ‘taxi’ upwind with your board. You will learn how to use your wing to steer and turn.
» Theory about wind and spot
» Practice how to control the wing
» Start and sail away
» Turn (Tack/Gybe)
» Upwind sailing
Are you now balanced on your board, can you sail back and forth without losing your balance and can you handle your wing well? Then you are ready for the next step: foiling. By practicing this behind the boat without a wing, you will learn how to let the board take off gently and you start foiling.
Mastering the feeling of how to stay standing on your foil board and not immediately tip over.
With the foil board
» Pumping to get on your foil
» Keep foiling for longer periods of time
» Get back down on the water with the foil
On a real wingfoilboard we will again try to taxi and we will work towards letting the foil come out of the water by using the wing. Float a little bit at first, and then longer and longer!
Can you wingfoil well now? Great, then you can learn how best to foil upwind and make turns.
With the wing foil board
» Choose place to start (sufficient water depth)
» Taxing with the wingfoilboard
» Pumping with your wing
» Get your board out of the water
Disclaimer. This level structure is not always equivalent to lessons. You might need two lessons in level 1 or do 2 levels in 1 lesson. Not everyone learns according to the same learning curve. Some students will learn faster than others, keep this in mind and don’t be disappointed if someone is faster or better than you. With us, independency and safety come first and we adapt our lessons to that at all times!
*Prices are contributions to the Eleuthera Sailing Academy and used to teach the local kids how to SAIL, WINDSURF and KITE as well!
** Price includes all safety gear, certified instructor, and certification of your progress according IKO standards, so you can continue your lessons or independent kite surfing almost anywhere in the world!
What is Wing Foiling?
Wing foiling, also known as wing surfing or wingding, is a water sport that combines elements of windsurfing, kitesurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. It involves using a handheld inflatable wing to harness the wind's power and propel yourself on a foil-equipped board across the water's surface.
What equipment do I need for wing foiling?
You'll need a few key pieces of equipment:
Wing: An inflatable handheld wing that captures wind and provides the power for propulsion.
Foil Board: A specially designed board with a hydrofoil that lifts you out of the water, reducing drag and enhancing the riding experience.
Foil: A hydrofoil that extends below the board and provides lift, allowing you to "fly" above the water's surface.
Leash: A safety leash that attaches you to the board to prevent it from drifting away.
Wetsuit or Rashguard: Depending on the water temperature, you might need suitable clothing for protection.
Is Wing Foiling difficult to learn?
The difficulty of learning wing foiling depends on your prior experience with water sports and your ability to balance. Many people find it easier to learn than traditional windsurfing or kitesurfing due to the simplified setup and the lift provided by the foil. However, like any water sport, practice and persistence are key to becoming proficient.
What are the benefits of wing foiling?
Wing foiling offers a unique and exhilarating experience on the water. Some benefits include:
Low Wind Requirements: Wing foiling can be done in lower wind conditions compared to kiteboarding or windsurfing.
Simplified Gear: The compact wing and foil board are easy to transport and set up.
Maneuverability: The foil allows for smooth carving and the ability to "surf" the water's surface.
Physical Workout: Wing foiling engages your core, arms, and legs, providing a full-body workout.
Connection with Nature: Enjoy the sensation of flying above the water and feeling connected to the elements.
How much wind do we need to WING?
We have different kite sizes so we can go with any wind from 12 knts (25 km/hs) on. Best season is the Winter! Although we usually have wind all year round.
Where is Savannah Sound?
Savannah Sound is in between Governors Harbour and Rock sound, and it is the best place to kitesurf on Eleuthera due to its location on the Atlantic side (predominant winds), flat water, shallow beach - apart from its astonishing beauty and wildlife!
Kitesurf, Windsurf or Winging?
This is an ongoing discussion, and like skiing vs. snowboarding, there is one best than the other. The main difference is on the time you need to get up on a board. On a Windsurf you will be standing right away, while kitesurfing you'll need at least 5 hs... Now, after those 5 hs, the progress is really quick, while getting good at windsurfing takes way longer!
Winging is a new sport which is growing rapidly, and is a great combination in between kiting and windsurfing, with the exciting Foiling feeling!
Is it SAFE?
As with any water sport, there are risks involved. Safety measures include wearing a leash, appropriate personal flotation device (PFD), and using suitable protective gear. Learning from experienced instructors and respecting local regulations and guidelines can greatly enhance your safety.