5 Top Tips for your First Flights
Whether you’ve already had a go, or looking to get flying this summer, I develop on flight school 2.0 for those looking to take their first flights
With the right kit and in the conditions, its never been an easier time to get into foiling.
So here are 5 top tips to make those First Flights as successful as possible.
1. It needs to be windy!
I know it’s the ‘light wind alternative’ and you may well be getting into foiling to expand your wind range but learning is all about understating the problem that you are trying to solve.
Whilst its possible to foil in wind strength as low as 6 knots, when starting out feedback from more breeze makes a huge difference. It will also reduce your need to pump, save you energy and help you learn quicker.
For your first flights make sure the wind is over 10 knots, above 12 even better. In terms of how windy is too windy. If its flat and your comfortable in those conditions then literally the sky is the limit.
2. Setup is Key
Even if it’s champagne conditions making sure your kit is compatible and well setup is crucial to getting those first flights.
Often this can be something as simple as making sure your footstraps and UJ are in the right position. If you’re on a non-foiling or foil ready board this often means putting everything as far back as possible. If you need more lift move everything back on the board (FS, U.J) if you need less lift then move it all forwards.
Check out the video below to see how your foil type impacts how you set the board up.
3. Taking the right sail Size:
When foiling you can definitely get away with a smaller rig than normal. However when you’re learning for the first time, be careful not to go too small. In lighter winds (under 15knots) take the same size sail you usually would to get going. If you think you’d normally be a bit underpowered, try a little less outhaul so that the sail has some pull and shape even in the lighter airs.
If its over 15knots you could try dropping a sail size (8m-7.0m, or 5.3 to 4.7 for example) again being careful to make sure the sail is set full for the best results.
If it really breezy the you can drop a couple of sizes or start the rig the sail as you normally would.
Once you’ve got the feeling for it, then you can start to reduce that sail size and expand your wind range.
4. Flat Water
Not always possible but if you can learn on flat water it will make a huge difference. One of teh new dimensions you are trying to get used to is a that of ‘how high up am I?’ So having flat water to judge this off makes a huge difference. In fact somewhere that’s flat and a bit gusty might even be better than somewhere with consistent wind and lumpy conditions.
5. It’s really Rule Number 1, Keep Hold of the Boom.
To avoid hitting the foil there are a few things you can do.
On land always carry it with the foil in front of you. Uphaul rather than waterstart. When crashing, always keep hold of the boom. If you do these three things you’ll always stay clear of the foil and avoided any foil damage or even damaging yourself.
So those are 5 Top Tips for planning that first Flight. Get in touch or book yourself in with your local centre to get going this summer.
For Tips on how to get up and getting going check out the video below from Flight School 2.0: