Wing-Foiling is a safe sport but should still be considered as an extreme sport and can become very dangerous if played without respecting a few rules. Here are our Wing Foiling Safety Tips to fly safely:
- Choose an easy access point to enter the ocean or lake. Always avoid entering in big shore breaks. Carrying the gear out in very big shore breaks can be dangerous not only for your equipment but for yourself.
- Always be in control of carrying your board. Pointing the foil where the wind comes from (windward) and carry the wing with the other hand maintaining the wing in a neutral position where the wind goes (leeward). A foil set up is sharp and can damage the wing so, don’t hold the wing close to the foil.
- Check the water depth of your launching spot. Walk out until the foil is above the seabed. Pay attention to rocks or reefs.
- Stay away from rocks, cliffs, and piers. Always ride in areas where you can come back to the beach easily. Stay away from areas where sailing is not allowed.
- Ride share. It is strongly recommended to practice within the company of other riders who could eventually call for assistance in case of emergency.
- Never go out in Off-shore conditions. Unless you have a support boat keeping an eye on you constantly.
- Avoid riding in very extreme conditions of wind and waves. Stay away from + 40 knots windspeed or/and waves over 5 feet.
- Respect the priority on the water. When two riders come from opposite directions, the rider on Starboard tack* has priority over the rider on port tack*. The rider on Starboard tack* should maintain the direction and the one port tack* point downwind to avoid a collision. Before any jumps or direction changes, make sure there is enough room and that you are not going to cross anyone’s path.
- Respect all people on land. Make it a priority to be responsible and keep away from all people on land during rigging, launching, and resting.
* Starboard tack, right hand close to the front of the wing. Port tack, left hand close the front of the wing.