Some great ways to improve your windsurf or windfoil skills in a fun way
Learning how to windsurf and being able to balance on the board is not an easy task for beginners. Learning how to windfoil is assumingly even more difficult for a total beginner, as they will need to deal with a third dimension when the board is in the air.
To achieve sustained flights, it demands good balance and coordination of your body, using your body weight and adjusting your position on the board, shifting the weight between your back foot and your front foot. You also need to strengthen your core and leg muscles to control the pitch (nose up and down) and the roll of the board (lateral movement).
(Pic courtesy of Onewheel)
This is something you can practice easily and train at home and I will in the following give you 6 tips and tricks I use on regular basis to improve my balance skills in a fun way and prepare for my next hydrofoil sessions.
These are also perfect “no-wind day” or winter activities, whether you are on your own or with your kids
I started to windsurf in the 90’s and switched to kitesurfing in 2005, as many other windsurfers. I finally came back to my first love in 2017, when windsurf hydrofoils became a reality.
Living in Norway is not the perfect place for windfoiling, as we only have decent temperatures from April to November. On the other side, I’m lucky enough to live in a snowkite paradise, where every field, frozen lake or mountain plateau turns into a perfect playground for snowkiting.
Snowkiting is a combination of speed, adrenaline and fun and I can only recommend to give it a try if you have the opportunity. The only thing you need is a wide, open space, preferably without trees or power lines (!), a pair of skis or a snowboard, and a safe kite.
I use the Flysurfer Peak 4, which is an agile and powerful kite. It’s ultralight and fly with only 3 knots of wind (8m2). It’s a single-skin foil kite with progressive depower, direct steering, high stability and amazing power per m2. The PEAK4 is for me the perfect touring kite at an affordable price compared to many other foil kites.
More info on flysurfer’s website.
2- Indo Board
This product is an obvious one.
Did you know that the Indo Board was originally developed as an indoor surfing trainer? It provides balance training and core exercises to help beginner surfers, but also helps to provide advanced surfers an opportunity to perform surf workouts and advanced surf exercises anytime, anywhere.
Before buying the Indo Board, I first made my own DIY balance board by using a rigid wood board and a PVC pipe coated with duct tape. While it worked ok, after a month or so I finally upgraded to the original Indo Board, which has a much better rubber roller and a nicer finish. It was absolutely worth the extra money!
I now have bought a new board called the "rocker board". The rocker of the board makes it more challenging, but it's great for doing spinning tricks, and it naturally slows down when you reach the ends on the roller, so you don't need stoppers at the end of the board.
The slackline has so many health benefits and is very fun at the same time: it’s ideal to improve core strength and burn calories, improve concentration and mental focus, toning of the lower body when simply balancing and walking in a straight line, and toning of the upper body when performing certain tricks.
Bouncing, jumping, sitting down, and more advanced 360s and flips later on:
Slacklining offers several other benefits: It’s a relatively cheap investment, and easy to carry with you anywhere. Not to mention, there is a big social benefit, for example it’s really easy to make new friends when you set up the slack line in a public park.
4- OneWheel Electric Skateboard
I am a former skateboarder, but still stay up-to-date about new trends around skateboarding even if I’m not skateboarding that much anymore. Electric skateboards have been around for a while, but huge boards and heavy batteries were a huge drawback.
I discovered OneWheel recently on social media where it got very good reviews. The American brand has developed an electric skateboard with a neat design, small size and light battery pack, making it easy to carry anywhere. OneWheels are unique light electric vehicles, without remote control, that are as close an experience to snowboarding or surfing as you will have on dry land.
The battery holds for 19 to 29 km, depending on speed and terrain, and it takes only 1 to 2 hours to recharge completely.
We are distributing OneWheel in Europe and offer free shipping in the UK.
5- Electric Foilboard
This product is still on my radar, I have’nt tried it yet but it looks very fun and I will for sure get one soon. The E-foil combines the joy of being above the water with a good balance exercise. However, prices are still excessive (around €5000 !).
Several producers have launched or are about to launch, and competition for E-Foils will hopefully drive prices down after a while. I will update this post at a later stage and hopefully come with a recommended product after testing. For the moment, here are some of the brands to keep an eye on: Whimsifoil, Liftfoil, Takuma Concept, Okarbon, Hoverstar, Vefoil, and Fliteboard.
5- Yoga cards
Yoga and meditation are trendy right now, and there are good reasons for that. Yoga helps you to better understand and control your body and your mind, improve your core strength, your balance, and your concentration. It is also a perfect activity to relax after a long day at work.
As I didn’t have access to yoga courses near my home, I started doing yoga by following some YouTube channels. While it’s a good way to start, I often spend more time scrolling through the jungle of yoga channels of variable qualities than in actually practicing yoga.
That was until I found this simple but clever tool: the yoga stack, 52 yoga exercises. You just Shuffle the deck and create your own workout. There is even an app with video instructions to show you the different poses.
Relatively cheap (around 30€) and highly recommended!
You have probably heard of inflatable SUP boards before, but did you know that you can also buy inflatable WindSUP boards, that are inflatable SUP boards with a mast track which enable you to put a rig on it?
I’ve never been fond of running, so for me, it’s the perfect cardio training exercise and it lets me spend some time on the water as well. During the weekend I often take my kids to the beach and we all have a great time on the board.
As my board is equipped with a mast foot, I can easily put a kid rig on it or even my own rig and go for a ride, a bit like in the good old days with a “windsurfer”. Exercising and playing with an inflatable WindSUP is really a fun activity for the whole family.
Planning with the Unifiber inflatable WindSUP from
Best of all, it folds up small enough to fit in a backpack and it’s easy to carry to any destination. Take your SUP, a paddle or a rig, and you are ready to go. I also have a rechargeable electric pump which pumps my board to 20 psi in less than 5 minutes, as I found manual pumping exhausting!
My WindSUP comes from Unifiber and it’s one of the products Windfoil Zone is distributing.
Contact us if you want to get a price quote on for you and your family.
Elevate 280 inflatable Windsurf /SUP
I hope this list of activities will inspire you to find new ways to train and improve your foiling skills.
These suggestions work very well for me, but you may have other suggestions of tools or activities to improve your windfoiling skills. It would be awesome if you could share it in the comments below!