1. Not dealing with the foilboard
Normally it is relatively easy to switch to another board. With hydrofoiling this is a bit different because you tie a not to be despised danger to your feet, a foil wing.
Therefore, in the beginning it is important to just go into the water with the hydrofoil board to practice the handling:
- How do I carry the foilboard
- How do I turn it around in the water?
- Where are my feet when I am next to the board?
- How do I tip it best, with one hand, to go up?
The important thing here is to always handle the foilboard calmly and not to break out into a hectic rush. You should always have a healthy respect for the hydrofoil board when kitefoiling, but don’t be afraid.
2. Too tight loops
To get started it is easier to ride with loops, but only two and both should be in the front. This gives you a better grip on the foilboard in the front and makes it easier to handle at the loop.
The loops should not be too tight, but rather too loose, so that you can get out easily in case of a fall and don’t twist your foot or pull the foilboard behind you.
If you want you can also attach the rear loop from the beginning. However, you should only use it to handle the hydrofoil board and not climb into it. This will come with more confidence or when you want to start jumping.
3. Make it too hard for yourself
If you have decided to learn kitefoiling, don’t make it too hard on yourself and buy the right equipment for your skill level and find the right kitefoil spot without any additional obstacles.
I advise you to get a bigger front wing. That’s why you should choose a hydrofoil supplier that offers different wing sizes.
This way you can change only the wing later and don’t need a complete foil.
I fly the Levitaz Aspect wing and am very happy with it. To start with, I would recommend the Cruizer.
Ideally, you should use a shorter mast (40 – 60 cm) to learn kiteboarding. If you don’t have the possibility to borrow one, I recommend to buy a 70 to 90 cm mast. You can use it for a longer time. The shorter mast lengths are only useful for the first day, depending on your skills, or in shallow water. After that they quickly become boring.
Your suitable board should have a lot of volumes. This way you can ride directly on the water, it forgives you a touchdown during your first flight attempts and you can also sit on it well for a relaunch. However, it should not be too big, otherwise, it is difficult to handle in the water. The good board size is the Match from Levitaz.
The foil spot
Choose a spot with a lot of space, not too strong, rather constant light to medium side shore wind and of course deep water.
4. Believe that you don’t need protective clothing
In the beginning, it may seem strange to learn kiteboarding again so wrapped up. But it is for your own safety because you should not underestimate the foilboard, especially in the beginning.
That’s why it might make sense to learn hydrofoiling in cold water, then it’s not so hard to wrap up more.
I recommend you the following protection:
- long neo/leggings on the legs
- shoes or neoprene socks
- impact protection vest
5. Don’t learn kiteboarding at all
Probably the biggest mistake is to let yourself miss out on this fun. Therefore, stop standing on the beach and watching others’ kiteboard. Get on the hydrofoil board and enjoy more windy days, ride more distances, and don’t get discouraged if not all maneuvers work out the same, that’s normal. Try it again and again and again and then it will surely work with the tacks, gybes, and whatever else you want to try.