Kitefoil certainly doesn’t go unremarked the first time you see it, and I’m sure you’ve had the idea to start by seeing some riders flying around on their “magic board”. Dangers, difficulties, and other questions will have arisen to stem your desire to get started.
It’s perfectly normal, we all felt the same way at first.
In fact, when you start hydrofoil you’ll be frustrated to nearly learn how to kitesurf again. Most people on their first goes can’t even do a simple waterstart.
The balance is different, the kite control must be almost flawless, and still the fear of getting hurt provokes you to make mistakes that you would not have made in normal conditions. Unbelievable, try to believe!
But don’t worry, because hydrofoil is within everyone’s reach. In fact, while freestyle is a discipline that mainly attracts young riders, kitefoil is very popular among retirees and older people, who are fascinated by the sense of freedom and harmony you feel once you learn the technique.
But let’s get to the point.
It happens often to me to see people struggling with their equipment in order to be able to keep a few meters on the board. And I feel like I’m reliving my first beginnings: the result of my first session was a sprained ankle, damaged foil and a lot of frustration. If that tells you something, then don’t miss the rest of the article.
That’s why I wrote this article with the 7 tips to keep in mind on how to start kitefoil, so that I wouldn’t make my own mistakes.