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Why Windfoiling?
Most sailors believe that foil windsurfing is here to stay and will gain more and more popularity in the years to come, recruiting new fans to the sport. Here are some reasons why most sailors believe foil windsurfing is a game changer for the windsurfing sport:

1. ROBBY NAISH IS INVOLVED IN WINDFOILING
2. NEILPRYDE HAS A 10 YEAR PLAN WITH OLYMPIC GAMES IN MIND
3. MANY KITEBOARD BRANDS ARE MAKING THEIR COMEBACK IN WINDSURFING WITH FOILS!
4. ANTOINE ALBEAU, KING OF WINDSURF, IS FULLY INTO WINDFOILING
5. STARBOARD BELIEVES IN THE FUTURE OF WINDSURF FOILING
6. OTHER SAILING CATEGORIES HAVE ALREADY ADOPTED FOILING SEVERAL YEARS AGO
How good of a windsurfer do I need to learn windfoil?
Honestly, the learning curve for wind foiling is surprisingly fast. If you’re a decent windsurfer, you’ve already put in most of the time and energy necessary to learn to foil. We’ve seen strong sailors but first-time foilers go out with a short mast and get their first controlled flights within a few hours.
Is it hard to learn how to windfoil?
No! Windfoiling is relatively easy to learn, especially if you already know how to windsurf. You may find the first runs difficult, as you need to get used to controlling the foil with small body movements. After a while, you will finally understand the influence of your body weight and find the right position on your board. The time needed to get flying is usually 2 to 4 hours, and you should manage to have a relaxed flight after only 4 to 5 sessions.

Moreover, windfoiling is far less physical than funboarding. As you are flying above the sea, there is no friction on the water’s surface, and the hydrodynamic drag is minimal. The propulsive force needed when sailing above the water is thus much lower than in regular windsurfing. In other words, you will need smaller sails for the same wind conditions, and you will not be physically tired after a session. This makes windfoiling suitable for everybody, regardless of age or gender.

Is Learning to WindFoil Dangerous?
Yes! Especially when using boards that aren’t designed for wind foiling. Nose dives are a given for newbie foilers. Boards not designed for wind foiling are more prone to ogre in, causing harsh catapults that “mature” windsurfers should avoid. Foil-specific boards like the Starboard Foil 144 minimize peril. This is the board you will be using in your windfoil school when you sign up the windfoil lesson with OXBOLD.

Their bows are designed to skip off the water during nose dives to prevent catapults. So much so, the arrival of these boards prompted OXBOLD to rent out wind foils without worry. Foiling-specific boards also feature inset foot strap positions that offer a well-balanced stance that fast tracks progression.

Windfoiling is not a dangerous sport. At first, you will definitely experience some “catapults”, reminding you of your very first experiences on a windsurfing. Don’t be scared, those crashes shouldn’t be too aggressive as you will generally have a very low speed starting out. However, you should take some precautions and wear a helmet and an impact vest which provided by instructor at the windfoil school.

We also recommend wearing a wetsuit and boots even in warm climates, in case you kick the foil with your legs. To be on the safe side, do not waterstart at the beginning, because you might hurt yourself by kicking the sharp edges of the foil in the water. It’s better to uphaul the sail. When falling, make sure not to fall on the sharp foil and always keeping your hands on the boom, no matter what! Thanks to the low speed, you should fall smoothly in your sail far from the foil, without significant damage or concerns.
Do I need to be strong and fit?
Learning to windfoil will get you fit but with modern equipment and a small sail strength isn't an issue. You don't need to be strong, and you don't need to be super fit. Many small and light females have no problem windsurfing in very strong winds and you'll often find a 70 year old windsurfer sailing a full day no problem.
Do I have to be a good swimmer?
Not really - all we ask is that you must have confident in the water. Impact vest will be provided by the school.
Do I need to bring anything to the lesson / training site?
Yes! Apart from yourself you need to bring (2) two sets of clothing - one 'Wet' set for the lesson, another 'Dry' set for after lesson, your own suntan lotion, towel, water, food and swim wear. The weather in Malaysia is warm, a t-shirt, lycra, rash shirt along with shorts are just fine for the lessons.
How many windfoiling lessons do I need to take?
It depends on what level you would like to progress to and it also depends on your experience. If you have never windsurf before and would just like to get on and sail back and forth, we recommend you take up the basic windsurfing lesson first. Then you will decide how to get you going. If you would like to progress to planing in windfoil for example, we recommend 3 - 5 months period for a few hours private lesson.
What happens if there is bad weather?
Rain: Lesson go rain or shine. You are going to get wet anyway so why not enjoy your lesson. Rainy days also provide some of the best windfoiling experience.

Lightning: In the event of a locally severe lightning storm, lesson may stop and pull over on the bank or back to the center until rain stop. Else we will reschedule the lesson to a later date agreed by both parties.

In case the lesson have to be cancelled due to weather, guests are offer the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.
What does the package rate cover?
Windfoiling lesson package rate covered your windfoil complete equipment set usage, impact vest and other safety gear. SUP board and first aid kit on standby and services of your windfoiling instructor and other crews. Insurance are optional, however we recommend you purchase it!

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