I am learning to use a Naish wing surfer on a 120L Naish Crossover SUP. My primary goals at this point are learning to get upwind, change direction fluidly and tack. I have been using my hydrofoil when I go out, but I don't "fly," I'm not to that level yet. My thought is that my hydrofoil will function as a sort of centreboard and make it easier to edge and get upwind.
Is my thinking correct, is the hydrofoil functioning as a centreboard?
Can I learn to get upwind without the hydrofoil?
I would prefer to keep the hydrofoil at home at this point because I don't want to damage it and it takes a few extra minutes for the set up.
You could always leave the wing off and only have the mast installed to act as a centreboard. Put it all the way forward in the tracks.
When trying to stay up wind, more wind is your friend oddly enough. You want to try and position the wing aft or back as far as possible in relation to the centreboard and then steer upwind using your hips. My first few goes I had misread someone's comments and thought holding the wing forward, towards the nose would help go upwind (just the opposite was the case)
It will be easier with the foil/mast than without from my experience. Maybe you could graduate to leaving the mast at home after learning the basics.
Thanks! I suppose the foil gives me something to push off of instead of having the board slide through the water in the direction of the wind. I have been able to keep the wing aft, but I am having trouble finding the sweet spot and I end up going through to the other side of the wind window.
I appreciate the advice!