Here are 3 ways to tune your foilboard in order to adjust your balancing point over the board. For example, say your board rises up fast and you have to stand close to the front of the board. This article will explain how you can tune your foil setup so that your board doesn’t rise up as quickly and your balancing point is further back on the board.
1st Way: Mast Position On Board
Adjusting where you place your mast on the board will affect how far forward or back you have to stand on the board and how much initial lift you get. Placing the mast all the way back will make it difficult for the foil to breach, so it is a good position for learning how to foilboard. As you get better, you’ll want to adjust the mast further forward. Experiment by moving the mast half an inch forward until you find the right balancing point. Keep in mind different foil wing designs will also affect how much or how little lift there is.
2nd Way: Shimming the Rear Wing
Say you have a large foil wing you plan on using for SUP, Surf and Kitesurfing. For SUP and surfing you may be on a larger board compared to the board you would use for kitesurfing, or maybe you just don’t want as much lift from the foil when kitesurfing. You can shim the rear wing by putting a washer between the back screw of the rear wing and the fuselage. This will help position the rear wing to face upwards causing the front wing to push down some.
3rd Way: Adjusting the Rear Wing
Positioning the rear wing further forward or backwards will affect the performance of the foil. Having a rear wing closer to the front wing will cause the foil to be maneuverable and carve smoother and easier. The downside is you won’t get as much glide and it won’t feel as stable. Having the rear wing further back will give you more glide and will make the foil feel more stable.
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