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obxDave

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SUP-surf foiling from flat water kite/wing foiling background?
« on: November 13, 2019, 12:58:23 AM »
So I have a couple of seasons of flat water kite foiling, and Iím making some decent progress wing foiling this fall but still very much a newbie. Really no surfing/SUP-surfing experience worth mentioning. Thinking of attempting some ďtameĒ SUP surf foiling with the wing gear I have (Blue Planet Carver 5í8Ē [114 L], Gong XXL, XL, and pro XL wings). Iím 78 kg and live on the Outer Banks, NC. Iíve always considered our surf conditions really crappy compared to the west coast or Hawaii, but these surf foil videos are making me think twice.

Board too small to learn on? (Iím guessing winging is way different from paddling) Can I just prone paddle out with a paddle to start with? Hoping to just start with glassy knee high mush on the sand bars at low tide with the XXL, or farther out with non breaking swell? Maybe get wake time behind my boat just to get used to not holding onto a kite or wing, or gain some competency down winding with a luffing wing. Iím pretty much a wimp in the ocean with anything waist high or bigger.....Any advice appreciated.



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Re: SUP-surf foiling from flat water kite/wing foiling background?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2019, 02:46:45 AM »
Of all the wind powered sports, winging will prepare you best for surf foiling using just paddle power.

I donít think youíll have any trouble with the foiling part.

Where youíll struggle, if not born into surfing, is picking the right wave.

Paddling out with a foil under your board, is actually easier than paddling without a foil. The foil makes getting over whitewater easier, whether standing, or on your knees. You wonít need to paddle prone.

You will need to master pumping the board while paddling to make it easier to catch waves.

You do not need a bigger board.

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Re: SUP-surf foiling from flat water kite/wing foiling background?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2019, 03:27:35 AM »


Where youíll struggle, if not born into surfing, is picking the right wave.

Definitely agreed on that. On the OBX we donít much have of an underwater self for waves to slowly develop. High tide is always dominated by shore break unless conditions are big, in which case Iím not venturing out. At low tide we might get these small rollers that eventually crest or break on underwater sand bars say 50 yards from shore, then reform coming into shore. Everything seems pretty short period compared other locations. No idea where to start, and how small things can/should be for learning?


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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2019, 04:57:20 AM »
No idea where to start, and how small things can/should be for learning?

Ideal is waist high, wave only breaking in the upper half. Soft wave, but still breaking some. Breaking top to bottom is bad.

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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2019, 04:11:53 AM »

Ideal is waist high, wave only breaking in the upper half. Soft wave, but still breaking some. Breaking top to bottom is bad.
Thanks Dwight. Time to go flail.....