Learning How to Fly: Tips on How to Foil from Signature Surf

Signature Surf Nate van Vuusen foil vid-1
Signature Surf Nate van Vuusen foil vid-1
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HOW TO FLY:  Foilboarding has taken stand up paddling by storm. The pros are all obsessed by it, are developing their technique and everyone wants to try it. Here is a great tutorial on Tips and How To’s for foiling from Signature Surf team rider 15 year-old Nate van Vuuran.

Signature Surf 15-year old team rider Nate V on ‘How To Fly’

One of the key points when catching a wave is to be sure to keep your weight on your front foot and keep your knees bent. When you’re up on a foil it feels like time has stopped and you’re flying through the water.” – Nate V

  1.  First get on a jetski or a boat and get used to the feeling of being towed.  This will give you an understanding of what it feels like to be above the water.
  2.  When progressing into the waves, be sure to choose a beach away from people and other surfers.
  3. When paddling into a wave, be in surfer’s stance and paddle hard!
  4. Keep your weight on your front foot and your knees bent.
  5. When beginning to learn how to turn on the waves, remember to lead with your hips and twist with your upper body towards the wave.
  6. The biggest rule is to get out there and HAVE FUN.

Thanks, Nate!  Looking forward to the next installment from Signature Surf.


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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.