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Perfecting Your Hydrofoil Take Off

Perfecting Your Hydrofoil Take Off

One of the most important fundamental techniques to learn when riding your hydrofoil is the take off. Here pro-rider and Blayze coach, Zane Schweitzer coaches you through every step of perfecting your take off!

Zane focuses on 5 core steps to the perfect take off:

1) It All Starts With Your Eyes

2) The Paddle

3) Quick Transition and Control

4) Get Comfortable Before Transitioning Into Flight

5) Use Your Whole Body To Get Momentum

We break down all 5 steps in more detail below!

Step 1: It All Starts With Your Eyes

As you are waiting for the wave to form and to start paddling we need to have our eyes facing down the line. This allows us to figure out our wave ride and know exactly where we want to go.

We need to set our plan so that as we get ready we can let our mind be free and just go out and execute that plan we laid out as we prepared.

Step 2: The Paddle

As we start to paddle with the wave it is important to take the occasional shoulder check to make sure our timing and position is on point.

As we get prepared to jump up on the board we want to have our last few strokes be done in a way that is comfortable for us. We can see here Jim does a double paddle which is totally fine.

Step 3: Quick Transition and Control

The most important part of this process is to have a quick transition from our paddle to getting our feet on the board.

As we transition to getting our feet on the board it is vital for us to ensure the board is on the water before we take our hands off the board.

This area here is where Zane sees the most mistakes from riders. A lot of us transition and go for an uncontrolable take off. We need to ensure we keep the board on the water before we take off intentionally. Every movement needs to be intentional as we go through the take off process on our foil.

Step 4: Get Comfortable Before Transitioning Into Flight

We can see here as with ride with Jim that he rides on the water until he is comfortable. Ones he finds that comfort we can see he transitions his weight to his back foot and the board transitions into flight.

Step 5: Use Your Whole Body To Get Momentum

As we transition away from the wave we need to make sure we keep up our momentum. To do this, we need to make sure we are using our entire body to generate that momentum.

We can see Jim using that roller coaster style pump and we can see even his arms are getting into it by swinging back and further to generate the power he needs.

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