Buyer's Guide for Surf and Wake Foil

Buyer's Guide for Surf and Wake Foil

April 19, 2022

Buyer's Guide for Surf and Wake Foil

What is Surf Foiling and Wake Foiling?

Surf Foiling and wake foiling, are both relatively new sports that have become a wakesports craze. It is effortless and can make foiling one of the most enjoyable parts of any day on the lake.

Foiling can be done in any water conditions and behind any boat. Foils are designed to rise above water at a specific speed, faster for Wake foils and slower for Surf foils. This gives you the feeling of flying above the water.

Modern foil boards are safer, lighter, smaller and easier to use. The foils of today are very efficient and beginners can lift at speeds up to 4 MPH. With the right equipment, even novice watersports enthusiasts can easily get on the water and start riding.

Let's review some key points now that you know a little bit about what a wake and surf foil is.

Surf Foiling Overview

  • The experience of wake and surf foiling is quite different from wakeboarding or wakesurfing. It's like floating, flying or enjoying a powder day on the mountain.
  • Overcome the choppy water. Foils give you that buttery smooth feeling throughout the day, regardless of how rough the water is. This makes them a great choice for afternoon wakesurfing sessions where the water is too rough.
  • The Surf and Wake hydrofoils of today are very efficient. This means that you can foil at slower speeds.
  • You can ride it behind any type of boat. Your hydrofoil can be ridden behind any boat or jet ski.

  • What makes a foil work? 

    A foil is a submerged airplane wing. The mast is like a control stick for a plane. You can control the pitch, roll, and weight distribution of the foil by changing your body position and weight. It's similar to piloting a plane through air.

    Wake and Surf Foil's can be used for lift at low speeds with a moderate top-end speed. This combination is ideal for riding behind the boat. For beginners, it's easy to handle and stable. However, more experienced riders will not be able to outgrow it.

    The heavy construction of Surf and Wake Foil is a good thing. It provides stability and support for riders. Carbon foils that are lighter in weight, however, have a higher speed and better performance but are also more "twitchy".

    What are the main parts of a Foil.

    The Foil Wing This is where magic happens. Hydrofoils are only as good as the foil. Foils can be divided into two groups: Surf and Wake. The speed at which wake foils can lift is higher, around 8-12 MPH. Surf foils work at speeds around 4-6 MPH. Surf foils can achieve lift at speeds as low as 4 MPH, which is less intimidating for beginners. It also allows people to experience the joy of riding foils.

    Foil Board - In other sports, the board is the most important. The board connects the rider with the surface (Water Snow Concrete). - Foiling is a different sport. The foil wing will do a lot of heavy lifting. However, you still need a board that performs as you expect. If you're new to foiling, we recommend a foam-coated or compression molded board. We also recommend getting something fiberglass if you want to make foiling more enjoyable. When foiling is your first time, compression molded boards can be heavier and dampen vibrations more effectively. Surf construction and carbon fiber boards are lighter and provide a better feel on the water.

    The Foil Mast This is the connection between your foil and your board. Beginner masts are generally shorter and are designed to operate at slower speeds. For advanced riders who can go faster, larger masts are better suited. Because it allows riders to ride on foil and not touch the water, the larger mast size is better at handling choppy water.

    Foil Boards - Surf Foil vs. Wake Foil

    Surf – Surf style foils are made to be ridden slower and are therefore less "twitchy". Surf boards foil at speeds of 4-6 MPH.

    Wave - Wave style foils can be ridden at slightly higher speeds than their surf-style counterparts. Most wake boards can foil at speeds between 8-10 MPH or higher.

    Mast Size Explained

    Wake Foil boards have different masts, depending on the type of riding you do: Surf or Wake. Masts for beginners are usually shorter and more efficient at lower speeds.

    Starter Masts The majority of starter masts are between 15 and 18 inches.

    Wake Masts The majority of wake masts in are 24".

    Surf Masts The majority of surf masts are 24".

    We've now covered the basics of surf and wake foils. Let's review the key points.

  • Any boat can be used to foil in any water condition.
  • When you first learn to foil, stick with a smaller mast.
  • Select a mast size and board construction that suits your level of ability.