Some ways help you pratice Hydrofoil
Having watched and spoken with many people learning to hydrofoil with a kite, it’s obvious to see that those that have experience riding a surfboard progress faster and have a more enjoyable start to their foiling progression. And What to practice to speed up your hydrofoil progression?
1. Understanding Weight Distribution
a. On a twintip you control power and speed by driving off your back foot.
b. On a surfboard your weight is more balanced between your feet and you can put lots, or all of your weight over your front foot when needed.
c. On a hydrofoil, front foot pressure is essential, it’s hard to express just how fundamental a change of stance it is. It keeps the board in the water when you are first learning and then it’s what keeps the board balanced on the foil as you rise out of the water.
2. Try Strapless
Riding strapless on a surfboard will speed up your understanding of front foot pressure even quicker. Straps allow you to be less precise with your weight distribution, getting you out of trouble if your weight drifts back at the wrong moment. Lose the straps and there are no excuses or hidden issues, you’ll quickly have to learn to keep your weight forward or you’ll come off more regularly than you might imagine.
3. Gybing and Carving Turns
On a twintip a carving turn requires you to edge hard though the turn. You’ll quickly learn on a hydrofoil your board and kite control needs to be far more delicate and precise. A surfboard with its extra volume, longer rails and larger fins allow you to practice more gentle gybes and once again with that all important front foot pressure. Toeside riding and the foot change when gybing all follow on directly from those on a surfboard.