How to choose your WingFoil board
Check out our top 5 things to keep in mind before choosing your wingfoil board!
The size of the board will depend on your weight, level of experience, and the conditions in which you'll be riding. A larger board will be more stable and easier to ride, but will also be slower and less maneuverable. Generally your reference will be mostly the volume. Normally your first board should have between 100-140L. Sometimes you can grow out of these large boards very quick if you practice very often so it's not a bad idea to take lessons or rent at the beginning.
A smaller board will be less stable and more challenging to ride, but will be faster and more maneuverable. Most riders that have been wingfoiling for long enough time aim to ride a board with around 50-90L. But of course, it also depends on the conditions you ride. If you have gusty or light wind, it's better to be able to float on your board.
It's also important to notice that boards with higher profile (thicker foilboards) will be shorter whilst keeping a big volume, which is useful as it will allow you to generate speed by pumping with the board.
Wingfoil boards come in a variety of shapes, including flat, rounded, and V-shaped. Flat nosed boards are more stable and easier to ride, but may not be as fast as more hydrodynamic shapes. Rounded boards are more versatile and can be used in a variety of conditions, but may not be as stable as flat boards. V-shaped boards are fast and maneuverable, but may be more challenging to ride in choppy conditions as they'll be more unstable. The positive part of V nosed boards is that is more forgiving when landing jumps.
Wingfoil boards are typically made from either foam or composite materials, and laminated either with fiber glass or also with Carbon. Foam boards are lightweight and easy to ride, but may not be as durable as composite boards. Composite boards are more durable and can be faster, but may be more challenging to ride and may require more maintenance.
As it's quite heavy to carry and ride your Wingfoil board and the foil all together, it's recommended to have a carbon board, which is more expensive but it will be a lot lighter.
Make sure that the board you choose is compatible with the foil you plan to use. Some boards are designed specifically for use with certain foil brands or models.
Consider your budget when choosing a wingfoil board. Higher-end boards may have more advanced features and be made from higher-quality materials, but they will also be more expensive. It's a good idea to try out a few different boards before making a decision, if possible. This will give you a sense of what works best for you and what you feel comfortable riding. You may also want to consider seeking the advice of a wingfoiling instructor or experienced wingfoiler. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us for any question you might have.