The foil revolution is still growing! What started as a sit-down activity in the 80’s, to a few guys pushing it on waves in snowboard boots in the early 2000’s. Now we’ve got the likes of guys like Adam Withington who are pushing the freestyle and big air side of the sport well beyond what anyone thought would be possible, and almost household names like Kai Lenny foiling on just about anything in all kinds of conditions, be it kite, surf, sup or even windsurf. The progression is undeniable.
But this sport isn’t just for the freaks and daredevils anymore. Sure, it can be intimidating with that much material under you sharpened to cut through the water effortlessly. Even trying to get set up with the board in the right place can be a seemingly impossible task the first time. But it gets better. And it’s getting more attainable every day. The Otherside and Slingshot sports are here to help!
Slingshot has been a pioneer in our sport since the beginning. Never one to grow stagnant, they have strived to stay ahead of the curve, and want to take all of us with them! They’ve developed a video series that breaks down the learning process of foil boarding to the fundamentals, giving you all the tools you need as a competent kiter to start foiling, all before you’ve even gotten wet! Watching this series is the first step to becoming a foiler.
2/1-2/28, Otherside Boardsports will be partnering up with Slingshot Sports to help you take your second step, riding a foil board!
Anyone that has successfully completed the www.foil-academy.com courses will be eligible to sign out a Slingshot foil board for FREE for 24hours to put their new knowledge to the test. This is a great way to get your feet wet on the industry’s first stepped program designed to help you efficiently and safely progress through the first stages of foil boarding.
For anyone that wants the full immersion style of learning, with hands on instruction, and access to a whole range of foil gear, we will be running a full on Foil Camp at the end of the month. Check out http://othersideboardsports.com/pages/february-foil for more details on this great program. This is for anyone who is serious about learning how to foil in the safest way possible under instructor supervision, getting help along the way. This camp is not limited to just beginners either. Our coaches can help you progress through not only your first rides, but successfully turning around, jumping and beyond! This will be an intense course from Friday to Sunday, including an intro session on our Sesi 2.0 Cable system, taking the kite variables out of the picture so that you can just focus on what is new first, before bringing it to the ocean. We have found that this is the easiest way to learn to get the foil in place, get up on the board, and start riding up on foil in a safe, controlled environment.
We will have 2 sessions on Saturday, with a lunch break in between and time to catch up and compare notes and watch some of the video for an outside look.
Sunday morning we will have another coached session in the morning, followed by lunch at the Bayside Gourmet attached to the shop where anyone having to leave to catch an early flight can scoot. We will be offering a bonus session for anyone with their own gear that wants to get out one last time with the coaches and play around. Don’t have your own gear yet? No worries! We will be offering exclusive deals on all the gear for any of our campers, ranging in budget from school/demo gear, up to the custom carbon foils the pro’s use! Already have your own gear, perfect, we reward that too!! You’ll get a discount on the camp price for bringing your own foil.
Come on down to the keys for a great time, and leave with a skill for a lifetime! Guaranteed to be warmer than where you’re coming from, so bring the family and sit em by the pool!! We’ve got a list of accommodations on our website at http://othersideboardsports.com/pages/florida-keys-watersports.
Prerequisites: Must be an intermediate or above kiter with all of your own kites and gear. No need to bring a twin-tip if you don’t want, but kites/bars/harnesses/booties and helmets are all required, and available for purchase at the Otherside. We recommend generally 9-15m kites, with our winds ranging from 12-26kts typically, depending on weather patterns.
Price: $1495 if you don’t have a foil
$1195 if you bring your own foil
If before, during or immediately after the camp you decide to buy a foil, you will be credited the $300 difference.
Dates are Friday 2/24-Sunday 2/26.
Friday noon-2 meet and greet at shop, talk about gear over lunch at bayside.
Friday 3pm-6pm cable coaching on the Bahn.
Saturday 9-12pm Morning coaching session.
Saturday 12-2pm lunch break at Postcard Inn Tiki bar with video review
Saturday 2pm-4pm Afternoon session
Sunday 9-12 Final Coaching session
Sunday 12-2 Lunch at Bayside
Sunday 2-5 Beers and Gear at Shop
Bonus sitter session for anyone that has/buys their own gear.