Beginners guide to wingfoiling equipment

Beginners guide to wingfoiling equipment

Wing foiling is the newest addition to the world of water sports, and it can be a bit overwhelming with all the adaptations and upgrades happening in product ranges. Not to mention the multitude of wing and foil sizes and shapes. If you're new to wing foiling, we're here to help you focus on the essential aspects. There are three main components you need to create a complete wing foiling setup: the wing, the foil, and the foil board. These components come in various sizes, but as a beginner, we've prepared a guide to get you started.

The Wing For beginners, we recommend a wing size between 4-5m². This size is suitable for optimal wind conditions to learn wing foiling, which are typically in the range of 14-25 knots. It offers manoeuvrability for the rider on the water. Your choice between a 4m² or 5m² wing also depends on your weight. Generally, if you weigh more than 70kg, go for the 5m², and if you're lighter, start with the 4m².

The size of your wing should be adjusted based on wind strength:

  • 3m² – 20-45 knots
  • 4m² – 14-30 knots
  • 5m² – 10-25 knots
  • 6m² – 8-18 knots
  • 7m² – 5-14 knots

The Foil Board While learning wing foiling, it's best to use a stable board. As a general rule, when purchasing your first wing foiling board, go for a volume that is approximately 20L above your weight. For example, an 80kg rider would choose a 100L foil board. This extra volume allows you to stand on the board without sinking before getting up on the foil, making it easier to get accustomed to using the wing. As you progress in wing foiling, you can transition to a smaller volume board.

The Foil As mentioned earlier, a foil consists of a mast, fuselage, and two wings (front and rear wing), all of which come in various sizes that can affect your foiling style. For beginners, it's advisable to choose a foil with a larger surface area on the front wing, as this provides early and smooth lift on the foil to help you get started. The front wing's surface area should generally range from 1700-2200.

The tail wing should be slightly larger than other foils to provide a smoother ride and stability, which is why it's often referred to as the stabilizer. 

The fuselage, too, should be slightly longer for increased stability. This setup is ideal for beginners and those progressing in the sport, especially in lighter to medium winds (15-25 knots), and pairs well with a 4/5m wing.

As you advance in wing foiling, all components of the foil will get smaller to enhance speed, turning abilities, or lift for jumps.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I Wingfoil on a Windsurf Board? Yes, you can learn to wing on a windsurf board. However, to foil, you will need a windsurf board designed for both windsurf foiling and wing foiling. Standard windsurf boards are designed for fins, not foils.

Can You Wingfoil on a SUP? You can't wingfoil on a standard SUP. You need a SUP foil board. Wing foiling is possible on certain boards designed for both SUP surfing, SUP foiling, and wing foiling.

Can You Wingfoil on a Lake? You can wingfoil anywhere with wind and sufficient water depth for the foil.

How Fast Can a Wingfoil Go? With practice, you can reach speeds of up to 27 knots on a wingfoil. However, most riders don't reach such high speeds, and wingfoiling offers a smooth and thrilling ride.

Is Wingfoiling Difficult? Wingfoiling has a learning curve, so we recommend taking some lessons to get the basics of handling the wing and foiling. While the basics are easy to grasp, mastering wingfoiling skills takes practice.

Is Wingfoiling Dangerous? Wearing protective gear like a helmet, leash, and impact vest is recommended as crashes can occur at high speeds and heights, and foils can be sharp. Nevertheless, wingfoiling has a low accident rate compared to other water sports.

How Much Does Wingfoiling Cost? Starting a new sport with new equipment is an investment. To make it more accessible, there are complete wing packages available with discounts. The cost can start at £2700 with packages like the Ensis Package. Lessons can vary in cost, and we offer two-hour wing foiling lessons for £150 per person.

When Was Wingfoiling Invented? The first Wing Foil Wings became available in 2019, and the sport has seen positive developments in wings, boards, foils, and learning techniques since then.

Is Wingfoiling Harder Than Windsurfing? Wingfoiling is generally considered more challenging than windsurfing because it involves stability on a board above the water with a foil, as opposed to moving along the water with a sail.

Is Wingfoiling Faster Than Windsurfing? Windsurfing can reach higher speeds than wingfoiling, especially in professional speed courses, but wingfoiling offers a smooth and enjoyable ride.

As a beginner, we recommend lessons and supervised practice before going out on your own. Consider trying one of our wing foiling lessons, and check out our equipment packages. Explore our wing foiling section for a wide range of options. If you have more questions about beginner wing foiling or progression, feel free to contact us at 0151 662 0318, email us at, or visit our shop in The Wirral, Merseyside