Updated: Jan 29
Let's face it; everyone likes to be part of the next big trend. In the water sports world, that next big thing is the foil. Once a futuristic-looking toy reserved only for the elite water sportsman, the foil board has become a more common sight on lakes and beaches around the world.
A sci-fi look combined with the feeling of flying makes the foil board a fun option for everyone. For riders with experience in surfing, wakeboarding, kiteboarding and other water sports, making the jump to a foil will feel natural. For those without previous water sports experience, the learning curve is more challenging.
So if you’re looking for an introductory foil boarding lesson or are keen on taking your skills to the next-level, it’s crucial you pair up with an expert for your first experience. For flyers in Charleston, South Carolina, below are two of the best foil sessions you can find locally. Each led by a certified Adventure IO guide, so you know you’re learning from a real pro!
This electric foil experience takes a regular foil surfboard and pairs it with a wireless hand throttle and battery-powered propeller to provide a ride that is stable, responsive and powerful in any body of water, regardless of the weather.
Whether you’re a true beginner or an experienced flyer, the Lift eFoil is designed to be used by all skill levels and most riders are up and foiling within 30 minutes. Prior to your 90-minute lesson, a professional FORCE Kite & Wake instructor will go over safety and technique tips before accompanying you on the water.
In this foil lesson, your guide is Brand Manager of Slingshot Foils and Nautique boat ambassador Jeff McKee. Jeff, also the host of Slingshot's online "Foil Academy," has traveled the world teaching all ages and skill levels how to fly.
This experience is geared specifically towards rippers with a background in wakeboarding or wakesurf. If you're already familiar with controlling a board on the water, Jeff can get you flying in no time. The best part, there's no risk of high-speed injury like with the sports previously mentioned. This entire session takes place at speeds as low as 5 mph and reaches a max speed of 10 mph.
If you've ever wanted to learn to foil, now is your chance!
For more foil boarding experiences guided by professional athletes and expert guides in areas outside of Charleston, visit the Adventure IO website and use our updated search function to book a private session near you!
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