For the first time in many summers, I’ve been taking full advantage of our fantastic location and its dependable seabreeze. Paul and I are lucky enough to have a flat-water, traffic-free sailing area that’s only a short drive from our house. It’s become our favorite afternoon escape, anytime there’s wind (and not too many pressing deadlines).
Last December, I wrote a post about 6 Lessons I’d learned from my first month of wingfoiling that concluded, “Maybe, by the time September glistens again, you’ll even see me out buzzing around the harbor, in complete control.” Though I’m too spooked about high speed powerboater blindness to do any serious harbor-buzzing, I have graduated to a smaller board—and I can speed it up, slow it down, and alter course as needed, all without coming off the foil. Though I haven’t yet had another Breakthrough Day, I’m enjoying the endless learning, increased confidence, and fitness gains from our daily sessions.
Take a ride with me
A few weeks ago (while still on my old board, a 6’4″ Armstrong FG), I felt sure enough of my foiling ability to strap Paul’s 360° camera to the wing. Scroll down for a 40-second clip from that day that shows the transition from slogging to foiling, another learner, dodging a bit of boat traffic, and how wake-free and butterfly-fast it feels… even after your husband blows by like you’re standing still.
The next step up the learning curve is the foil-jibe, and as usual Paul is a few steps ahead. We’re going to keep sailing until the water temps drop too much (around mid-November). So if you see a couple of harbor-buzzing yellow butterflies, you’ll know who it is… and please don’t expect me to wave.
Got a new skill, or a random question about wingfoiling? Add it to the comments below, or send me an email. I read every single one, with gratitude.
What I’m riding
- Armstrong FG Wing SUP Foilboard (5’5″ long)
- Armstrong A+ System Carving Freeride Foil Package CF2400 V2
- Ozone Wasp V2 Wing 5m (8-12 knots)
- Ozone Wasp V2 Wing 4m (12-16 knots)
- Ozone Wasp V2 Wing 3m (16+ knots)