Wing Foiling in Canada? The Beginners Guide to Getting Started

Wing Foiling Canada: The exhilarating sport of wing foiling is quickly growing in popularity in Canada and around the world. If you'd like to know more about this incredibly fun sport, click on the following questions.
  1. What is wing foiling?
  2. How long does it take to learn to wing foil?
  3. Is wing foiling the same as foil boarding?
  4. Are there specific tricks that you can do on a wing foil?
  5. How are wing foiling and wind surfing different? Is one easier to learn than the other?
  6. What type of equipment do you need for wing foiling Canada?
  7. How much does a wing foil set cost?
  8. Do you need special weather conditions to do wing foiling?

Looking for quality wing foiling equipment? Take a look at our selection.


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1. What is wing foiling?

Wing foiling Canada: It's a great combination of windsurfing, kiting, and foiling


Wing foiling is a beautiful marriage of windsurfing, kiting, and foiling. Wing foiling is less dangerous than kite boarding because you don't have to contend with the long lines that are attached to the kite. Instead, you are simply holding onto the wing.

The board that you use is larger than a kite surfing board and it is actually "floaty." It is similar to a windsurfing board, however, it is shorter and stubbier. It has enough buoyancy so that you can actually stand on it while you are getting underway. In addition, once you are proficient at engaging your foil, you can do wing foiling in lighter winds than you need for kiting or windsurfing.

The best way to understand foil boarding is to look at the pictures included in this post.


2. How long does it take to learn to wing foil?

Wing foiling Canada: You could learn it in as little as 7 to 10 days


The exact time that it will take you to learn wing foiling will vary from person to person. If you have done windsurfing or kiteboarding before or if you have a knowledge of foiling, have good balance and you are tenacious, you should be able to learn how to wing foil in about 7 to 10 days of serious effort.

When you are learning wing foiling, it is a good idea to have a rescue plan set up such as a boat that is able to pick you up if you travel too far down wind. The walk of shame back up the beach can be a long and tiring one!


3. Is wing foiling the same as foil boarding?

Wing foiling and foil boarding are different. Winging or wing foiling is powered by the wind and foil boarding is powered by a boat similar to wake surfing.


4. Are there specific tricks that you can do on a foil board?

The sky is the limit when it comes to the number of tricks you can do wing foiling Canada


There are countless types of tricks that you can do on a foil board. You are only limited by your imagination. As you become more comfortable on your board, you can try new moves.


5. How are wing foiling and windsurfing different? Is one easier to learn than the other?

Windsurfing gear is much heavier than foil boarding gear. In addition, you will need greater arm strength when you are windsurfing than when you are foil boarding. Once you are up on your foil board, there is very little resistance from the water that you will have to deal with. The most difficult aspect of wing foiling is engaging the foil.


6. What type of equipment do you need for wing foiling Canada? 

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You may want to wear a wet suit, especially while you are learning


Here is a breakdown of the type of equipment you can use for wing foiling:
Wind wing: A wind wing is used like a sail that you hold onto. It catches the wind and propels you through the water on your foil board.
Board: The wing foiling board is shorter and stubbier than a windsurfing board. It is floaty so that you can stand on it while you are getting started.
Hydrofoil Set: The hydrofoil set consists of a mast that you attach below your board that lifts your board out of the water and a front and rear wing that stays submerged while you are moving through the water.
Life vest: A lite-weight vest is a good choice so that it doesn’t get in your way or impede your movement. Always adhere to all safety regulations set out in your area. Most will require a valid Coast Guard Approved life vest.
Wetsuit: You should wear a wetsuit if its cold out especially if you are just learning as you will be in and out of the water a lot.


7. How Much Does a Wing Foil Set Cost?

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Wing foiling Canada: The cost for equipment will vary

The cost of wing foiling will vary depending on the type, size, and brand of equipment you purchase. Each piece of equipment is sold separately. The following is an average range that you can expect to pay.
Wings: $1,000 - $2,700 CAD
Hydrofoil Sets: $1,000 to $3,200 CAD
Boards: $830- $2,800 CAD


8. Do you need special weather conditions to do wing foiling?

Depending on the size of the foil you have and the wing size, you'll need about 12 knots in order to engage the foil. The bigger the foil and the larger the wings that you have, the easier it is to get going in lighter winds.
On the other hand, if you encounter stronger winds, then a bigger foil and wing will make it more difficult to ride. Your best option is to choose a middle-of-the road size foil and wings. The foil and wing size that is best for you will also depend on your own size. If you are a larger person, then you will require a larger wing and foil to pull you and vice versa.

Featured Wing Foiling Product: Beluga Y26

The new Beluga board has a compact design and comes in 6 different sizes so you can choose the right size for your skill level. Its rails have a pronounced bevel that will give you to have a larger area to position your feet and less bottom surface to reduce the drag during touch downs. The Beluga is fun to ride both in flatwater and in waves and it features:
  • A carry handle on the bottom for easy entry into the water.
  • Special deck concave shape for a comfortable and performing ride.
  • Tail kicker to start foiling earlier and bevelled rails.
  • Deep double concave bottom for smooth touch downs.
  • Multiple straps position (double or single front straps) to choose your preferred set up.
  • Specific reinforced foil box with 2 US slots to resist any stress.

The Beluga feels free and is very maneuverable, so it is the perfect all-rounder board.

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