It is like everything you learn new: you need patience, stamina and time to practice. A few weeks have passed since I started this report and I try to get into the water as often as possible. With Brian’s inertial “Jumbo Jet” Foil I manage to go straight and often fly in front of the wave and try to pump. I do not manage any turns yet. Brian the foil pilot suggests that I try his smaller front wing and put the rear wing in a neutral position. Change the setup again? Somehow I didn’t like it that much … but hey, Brian really knows his stuff and I agree. On weekends I spend many hours in the water with waves hardly bigger than knee high. For an advit surfer like me it’s really boring. If I wouldn’t work on my “foil project” I would definitely not be in the water. I catch a few waves as before, but the smaller wing gives me better control.

Now I try to do a “turn” for the first time. But I always land in the water. A foil simply behaves differently than a shortboard or SUP. After a few tries I get a wave right and now I manage to ride the wave down the line.

Or better phrased: I’m racing down the wave. No idea how I managed that. The speed is breathtaking and I even manage a small turn at the end before I lose the wave pumping. What was that just now?

Happy times!

Adrenaline is rushing through my body and I just had the experience on a 50 cm wave as if I had just surfed a wave at “over head”. I felt like the beginners at the spot next door, cheering with joy when they catch their first wave of their life. That was the coolest thing I have ever done since I learned to surf. I’m now an enthusiastic foiler and happy to finally be able to do something as great as surfing a big wave when the waves are small. Now I just have to practice more so that I can do it on every attempt.

So far this is my experience over the last weeks from the bloody beginner to the first, right great sense of achievement.

Josh Riccio shows me the dock start

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