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How do you choose the right wind foil?

The guideline that helps you find the right wind foil

Wind foils come in all sizes and shapes

Wind foils come in all shapes and sizes. Foils that you can mount under a regular board, but also wind foils where you also have to buy a special board. Short and long masts. Carbon or aluminum? How do you make the right choice now? Windfoiling Netherlands tries to help you make the right choice.

Freeride oriented windsurfer

You’re a freeride oriented surfer. You just want to cruise relaxed, without it all taking a lot of effort. Top speed is not very important. It is important that you can plan easily and that your board jibes. You usually sail a half wind course. You usually sail with camberless sails up to about 7.5 m2. Sailing that are nice light, but also provide enough pressure to plan easily and rotate easily. You want to enjoy windsurfing and you don’t have to focus too much on your material or windsurfing.

windfoil guide freeride

Type of wind foil

The free ride windsurfer fits a ‘freeride’ wind foil. A shorter mast up to 75 cm made of aluminum. Where the wings are made of epoxy, G10 or carbon. The front wing has a large surface, which makes it easy to foil quickly. The back wing also has a relatively large surface area, which benefits stability. These wind foils are easy going and relatively easy to foil on the road. Don’t expect top speeds, but easy and good handling. Right now, these are the relatively cheap foils in the market. In some cases, a special board must be purchased from these wind foils. Unfortunately, this makes the whole thing more expensive again.

These wind foils can be sailed very well with sails smaller than 7.5 m2 with a regular windsurfboard between 80 and 90 cm wide. Check the webshop for the overview of the various wind foils.

Race & slalom oriented windsurfer

You are a race/slalom oriented surfer. You get a kick out of windsurfing up and down wind as quickly as possible and want to be the fastest on the water. You don’t care if your board is a little harder to handle. You sail with slalom board and/or formulaboard with (full) camber sailing. Your aim is to get the most out of your material and regularly seek the boundaries.

Sails specially developed for wind foiling are often used. Now up to 10 m2.

windfoil guide race

Type of wind foil

With the race / slalom oriented windsurfer fits a ‘high end’ wind foil. A long mast made of carbon, where the wings are also carbon. Carbon also ensures maximum stiffness in wind foiling. This is necessary to achieve as high speeds as possible as possible. Check the webshop for the overview of the various wind foils.

Wave of freestyle oriented windsurfer

You’re a wave of freestyle oriented surfer. You’re not about speed, but you want to have the freedom to make maneuvers easily and the material has to feel light. You usually sail with a wave or freestyle board with the light as possible sails. Preferably as small as possible sailing that provide enough pressure to get you to plan quickly and do your moves. Your aim is to make the coolest moves and feel one with the water and your material.

windfoil guide freestyle-wave

Type of wind foil

The waver and freestyler fits a ‘freeride wind foil’. A somewhat shorter mast up to a maximum of 75 cm made of aluminum, where the wings are made of epoxy, G10 or carbon. The front wing has a large surface, which makes it easy to foil quickly. Possibly with a tail wing at the rear wing for extra stability. These wind foils are easy going and relatively easy to foil on the road. Don’t expect top speeds, but easy and good handling. Right now, these are the relatively cheap foils on the market.

Special boards

In some cases, a special board must be purchased for these wind foils. Unfortunately, this makes the whole thing more expensive again. The advantage of the special wind foil boards is that they feel more compact (and often are) than traditional windsurf boards. This makes them feel very light and lively. Features that appeal to wave and freestyle surfers. This board is between 70 and 75 cm wide. These wind foils (and boards) can be sailed well with sails smaller than 5.5 m2. Check the webshop for the overview of the various wind foils.

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