2. Find the perfect gear
It is a good idea to start with the same kite or one size smaller as you would normally take when riding twintip. Everybody says you can take smallest kite and foil in almost no wind. When you begin to put your feet on foil you don’t want to struggle with your kite falling off the sky in the same time. Once you learn how to take off you will be able to ride with the smallest kite you have in the smallest wind ever. However learning is learning and it will definitely make it easier for you at the beginning.
- Shorter mast, bigger wing
Shorter mast allows you to learn faster and safer. When you first start rising and foiling above the water, you are really going to be surprised. Which is why taking a shorter mast will help you to learn the feeling of foiling. Additionally the Slingshot kite hover glide kit gives you a bigger wing designed for the beginners. The bigger wing doesn’t ride as fast which is perfect for the learning. Once you get comfortably on your foil, you will want to learn jibes and tacks, which is also easier on the shorter mast with bigger wing.
Many people say it’s easier to ride longer masts. Which very often is true, but not when you are trying to learn. You also have to remember that there are multiple hydrofoil brands and it’s possible that some of their short mast don’t perform as good as the other ones. Hydrofoil construction is a very difficult one, and there are many brands that are much harder to foil on.