How to choose a Surf Foil Board ?

Slingshot Surf Foiling board, how to chose a foil board for the surf

What's different about a Surf Foil Board?

Surf foilboards are smaller than your regular surfboards. They typically range between 3” and 5” foot. A foil specific surf / tow board may also have chined rails to help you 'bounce' back up when you hit the water.   

The main function of the board is just to glide you into the waves. As soon as you get some speed, the foil will do it’s magic and lift you out of the water. That’s when you start flying. 

With recent improvements, the Surf foil boards have become even easier to use. Often you just need a small wave to get some speed and then you'll be up and gliding. 

How does the Foil work?

The foil is made up of the mast and the foil or wings. The mast connects the board and foil. A short mast is easier to control and is the better choice in your early days. Once you get the hang of it, you can switch to a longer mast. Longer masts can handle more chop and offer more tolerance when carving and turning your board.

The Foil has two wings. The front wing provides the uplift necessary to elevate you out of the water, while the back wing stabilizes your ride. The wing size varies by rider weight, surf height and conditions.

Choosing a Surf Hydrofoil can be a difficult decision. Luckily, we have the gear and knowledge to help anyone select the right foil to expedite their progression. Some of the variables that may influence your choice of foils are weight, wave height, board choice, ability, and riding style. The path to choosing the best foil can be a convoluted one; as a result, we encourage new foilers to reach out to us for a personal recommendation.

Slingshot makes 4 types of Surf Foilboards at the moment and can be defined easily by your skill level in the water and your weight. Bigger guys are going to need bigger boards. Whereas advanced surfers who already have a good paddle in fitness may be able to get away with a smaller volume board. 

  1. Flying Fish Intermediate to advanced surf, wing  & tow board 
  2. High Roller Surf foilboard 

5.. Slingshot Dwarf Craft Foilboard 3'6" - 19.3L - Tow In & kite foil 


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