Foil Drive | Essential Tips to Supercharge Your First Session

Foil Drive | Essential Tips to Supercharge Your First Session

The Foil Drive makes your foiling life easier. You'll get up easier and catch more waves, but like any new skill, it does have a bit of a learning curve. You probably won't pull the trigger and ride off into the sunset on your first time out, but there are some things you can do to have a better experience on that first session.

1. Size Up Your Foil and Board

Allow yourself to focus on how the Foil Drive works while you're getting used to it. Make it easy on yourself to get up and ride. You can always size back down later once you've got the hang of things.

2. Practice Away from Others

Don't jump straight into the lineup as a new Foil Drive user. Go off, away from other people, where you can make mistakes without risking the safety of other people. Even if you're a good foiler, this is a new experience and you'll need to re-learn some of the things that have worked for you in the past. In fact, the better the foiler you are, the longer it can take to unlearn some of that muscle memory.

3. Experiment

You'll probably need to change where you have your weight to keep the board flat while using the Foil Drive. It'll feel strange at first, but don't be afraid to figure out what works and practice it until it becomes second nature.

4. Transition Off the Motor

Learning to transition off the motor is a skill you will need to acquire. You can prepare ahead of time by watching Foil Drive's videos.

5. Use Good Etiquette

The Foil Drive gives you a huge advantage in the lineup. If it's busy, remember that you can catch waves others can't, so go for those. Chat with the others in the lineup to educate them on what you have and reassure them that you won't be cutting them off in the lineup. Remember, in boating right-of-way, sailboats have priority over motorboats, and this is no different; yield to those without an assist. Just be respectful, recognize that you have an advantage, and look out for your fellow watermen.

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17th Apr 2024 Ryan Hooker

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