Learn to kite foil: Best conditions 2018
While it’s true you can learn to kite foil in just about any condition you can kiteboard in, there is definitely a sweet spot in wind speed when you’re learning. We have found that to be the 15-25 knot range, with about a 7-9m kite. Much lighter than that and you have to focus too much on your kite and you run the risk of not making it back to the beach; much stronger and it’s too easy to get out of control once you’re on- foil. When you’re learning, you want to be able to park your kite at about 11 o’clock and forget about it so you can focus on foiling.
Uncrowded conditions important, both for learning efficiency and for the safety of yourself and others.
Once you’re up and foiling, the next step is learning how to slow down, stop and maintain control. Having plenty of space where you don’t have to worry about other people is super helpful.
Expect to crash quite a bit, and expect to crash your kite. Don’t try to foil anywhere or in any condition that you wouldn’t be completely comfortable relaunching your kite or potentially swimming back to the beach. That means water temperature as well- foiling is great for spotty off-season conditions, but be very careful about trying to learn in sketchy wind and cold water. Expect to spend quite a bit of time in the water dragging (and getting drug) around. Lastly, foils don’t like sand, rocks, and reef, so you want to make sure the water is deep enough that you don’t stand the chance of running aground.
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