LEARN TO FLY!
WITH THE HOVER GLIDE FOILING FLIGHT SCHOOL PROGRAM
Slingshot’s exclusive Foiling Flight School program takes much of the pain and frustration out of learning to foil. You wouldn’t learn your first kite skills with a full size kite, so why learn the basics of foiling with a full size mast?
With the Hover Glide, you have the option of three supplemental masts (15, 24 and 30 inch) in addition to the full 35.5-inch one that come stock with your foil. The ability to start with a shorter, more manageable mast and progress in length as your skills progress will help dramatically in developing the basic coordination and muscle memory required to become a proficient foiler.
Due to their aluminum construction, these masts are remarkably affordable and will be available to be purchased individually or as a discounted package to best serve your needs and maximize your options.
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Getting a feel for how your foil behaves is much easier, and safer, with a shorter and more manageable mast. This stage is called the Taxi stage, as in an airplane taxiing around the runway. Staring with the 15-inch mast will help you master the basic foiling skills like how to properly carry your foil, how to swim and body drag with it, how to get it in position to water start and how to get it under your feet and moving through the water. With a shorter mast, you’ll learn these basic steps much faster and easier than if you were struggling with a full-size one. Once you’re comfortable with the foil beneath your feet, have a basic understanding of how it behaves, can taxi back and forth like a regular surfboard and are able to ride short distances out of the water via the foil, you’ll be ready to graduate to the 24-inch mast.
The 24-inch mast is an invaluable tool in earing your first extended foil rides. As you rise and fall off of the water and begin to foil longer in between, you’ll appreciate the easier handling a shorter mast provides. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you get the hang of foiling and will fall in love with the feeling of silently and smoothly gliding over the water. Once you’re getting extended and controlled rides without touching down on the water, you’ll be ready for the full 30-inch mast.
The 24-inch mast is also a good long-term option for kiters who frequent shallow water and want a little extra room between their foil and the ground.
After working your way up to the 30-inch mast, you’ll truly appreciate the Learn to Fly program and the easy progression it provided. You’ll know how to get the foil into position, how to get up properly, how to balance you center of gravity and will be ready for longer and longer rides. At this point you’ll be hooked on foiling, and best of all you will have skipped the frustrating and often painful process many people endured in learning on a full-sized setup. Once you’re comfortable foiling in mixed conditions, carving upwind, cruising downwind and touching down for basic transitions you’ll be ready to graduate to the full 35.5-inch foil.
The 30-inch masts is also a good long-term option for kiters who frequent shallow water and want a little extra room between their foil and the ground.