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You start on a larger board.  Your weight in Kg plus 15 to 20 litres.  Then progress to something this size or smaller.  Ride Engine 5'0"/80 litre with Lift Foils 250HA hydrofoil.  At 85 kg this board just supports my weight.332851966_RideEngine.JPG.0a96bfd415d512cacf706c6d5afe2a25.JPG

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19 hours ago, Rusty Edges said:

Warning!!!    Wingfoilng is hugely addictive!!!

My kite foiling gear has been gathering dust in a corner of the garage since last August.

I *really* want to try once / when we get out of boating.  For now I'll take the tow.

 

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On 6/27/2021 at 7:26 PM, Rusty Edges said:

Warning!!!    Wingfoilng is hugely addictive!!!

Coming from a windsurfing perspective using a seat harness I’m wondering how the overhead wing affects your unsupported lower back?

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There is no load on your back because there is no harness.  Like all sports though, you need to engage your core muscles.  Riding toe side may be uncomfortable for some, due to the twisting, but I figure most here have developed exceptional core muscle stability from alpine carving.

Actually, once up on the hydrofoil there is very little load on your arms either.  Some riders, myself included, use a very small belt harness with hook and harness line on their wing for long tacks to allow for better drive through your feet and better upwind angle. The harness is not needed,  and discouraged, when learning.  When it comes to playing on the windswell or waves the wing will sit nicely in a neutral position held by the leading edge handle.

While learning you will get alot of arm fatigue.  Once you learn to relax your hands your sessions will get much longer.  You don't need a "death grip" on the wing. I often find myself riding with just two or three fingers on the handles.

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