No waves, no wind? Learn to dock start, the cheat code to flat water foiling! Adding this skill to your tool belt opens many doors to the world of foiling. From flat water pumping to wake thieving random boats, to rock starting into a downwind run, foiling opportunities will multiply and evolve by unlocking this popular technique.
Selecting the proper foil and board is crucial. Smaller boards provide better pumping leverage. Our 2023 Whip is short and low volume, offering great return for your invested pumping efforts and our most popular dock starter. Brady Hurley’s dock start weapon of choice is the WCFC JATO. Keep in mind the thicker and longer your board is, the greater physical effort will be required.
A high aspect wing (HA) is more for advanced dock starters and requires a higher takeoff speed and more initial effort maintaining flight. Once up and flying, a HA wing is more efficient, typically takes less energy to maintain glide and pumps at higher speeds.