That’s why I started Wing Foil
Here in San Francisco, spring means many things, all negative for surfers. The winter swell from the northwest is starting to subside, so the waves at my beloved Ocean Beach are getting smaller, the wind shifts from offshore to offshore, and to top it all off, there’s fog. This spring, I decided that instead of taking my longboard out to slop onshore, I was going to learn a wind sport. I chose wing foiling, and for about a month, I have had (almost) as much fun as in surfing. The learning curve is meteoric, exponential, even, and I’m sure it’s something every surfer should at least try. Here’s why.
Sailing sports and surfing work perfectly opposite each other – calmer winds are better for surfing, while the wind is, obviously, better for sailing sports. I was also drawn to the fact that sailing sports are more versatile than surfing in that you only need one body of water – any body of water – to practicing them, which as a surfer means I could possibly spend more time away from the ocean without going crazy. And the foil, unlike windsurfing or kitesurfing, is relatively compact and accessible. And the crossovers between foiling and surfing cannot be denied. So when Slingshot, a windsurfing manufacturer in Hood River, Oregon, asked me if I wanted to borrow some gear to try foiling, I immediately said yes.