Wing Lesson FAQs
Booking your lesson
How do I book a lesson?
Contact a REAL Pro by calling 252-987-6000, emailing REALPRO@REALWatersports.com or filling out the form here.
Do I need lessons?
Absolutely yes! Wing Foiling is a technical sport and physically demanding sport. With lessons, you will learn how to control the wing, foil and board so that you can learn efficiently and safely. Lessons will drastically speed up your progression.
If you are already winging, lessons will push your progression to the next level. Whether you want to learn how to transition, tack, jibe, or ride the ocean for the first time, our coaches will break down the skill sets into small, concrete steps and then provide instant feedback to help you shred even harder.
Do I need to be in great shape to wing foil?
Wing Foiling is more finesse than strength but with poor technique it can be exhausting. Being in better shape will help you learn a little faster, but we have taught people of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
Winging is a physical sport that requires some level of strength, flexibility, and endurance. Being in shape will help your progress. When winging, you will be holding the wing above your head or out in front of you and balancing on a board at the same time. You will need to climb onto the board, kneel on the board and transition from kneeling to standing.
You should be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.
What can I do to prepare for my lessons?
Wing Foiling uses large muscle groups so working your legs, core and back will help you stay fresh for your time with a REAL Coach. Yoga and anything you can do to improve your flexibility and balance is also recommended.
Watching the REAL Lesson Center Walk-Through will give you a preview of the experience you’ll have while taking a lesson at REAL.
How long does it take to learn to wing foil?
In general, we suggest planning for at least 3 days to get you to where you can practice on your own safely. Practicing with the wing and on a board of any kind will increase your learning curve. The more time you have on the water with a REAL Coach the farther up the learning curve you will get
Generally speaking, with the REAL coaching program, it takes 3 days to become a self-sufficient wing foiler, 10 days to stay up wind and 20 days to nail transitions and start to venture into waves. If you come with strong wind and board skills, you will learn faster.
Should I take a Private Lessons or sign-up for the Zero to Hero Kite Camp?
Many of our customers appreciate the private, one on one attention of Private and Semi-Private Lessons. Private Lesson will allow you to learn at your own pace and customize the curriculum to meet your goals. Privates and Semi-Privates will allow you to book your lessons starting any day of the week in Full and Half Day increments. We can cover the Zero to Hero curriculum with a Private Coach.
The Zero to Hero Camp is a three-day camp, where students are paired together for a two to one student to coach ratio.
The Zero to Hero follows a set curriculum to take you from having no experience to becoming self-sufficient so you can practice on your own. Included in the set curriculum is learning to handle the wing, rigging and safety, board and foil skills behind a jet ski, water starts, extending rides and gear tech (selection, purchasing, maintenance, and repair.) Zero to Hero is a great way to get a comprehensive, immersive beginner experience.
To find out what options will be best for you, please contact a REAL Pro at 252-987-6000, email@example.com, or this contact form.
Who can join me for a Semi-Private Lesson?
During a Semi-Private lesson, you and your friend or family member will take turns using the wing so should be similar weight (within 40 pounds) and ability level. Semi-Privates are a great way to make the lesson extra fun by sharing it with someone else. It is also helpful to your learning process to be able to watch someone working on similar skills while talking with the coach; it helps you get a better understanding of how everything works together and often provides great breakthroughs.
Before and During Your Lesson
What should I bring?
Students are required to have their own water wear. This includes a pair or watershoes/booties, sunscreen, a standard bathing suit, and/or wetsuits ranging in thickness depending on the season. If you do not have any of this, do not worry; the REAL Flagship Store is always stocked with the finest water wear and accessories so you can be comfortable on and off the water. All REAL students get 10% off regularly priced wetsuits, rashguards, sunscreen, sunglasses, booties, and clothing at REAL while participating in lessons. This discount does not apply to gear or accessories such as boards, kites, wings, harnesses, foils, fins or leashes.
What is included with the lesson?
Our lessons include all of the rental kiteboarding gear needed for the lesson, a REAL Coach, and a jet ski for "On The Fly" coaching for kite lessons. During your lesson, you will have access to our Rental Shop which is stocked with the latest gear to make sure we have the right set-up for you to learn in all conditions. We have wings as small as 2.5 meters and as big as 8 meters and a huge selection of boards for all skill levels. This is also a great time to try the gear you might be interested in buying.
What time should I arrive?
Lessons start daily at 9:30am for the morning session and 2pm for the afternoon session. Arrive at the REAL Lesson Center 10 minutes prior to your lesson start time. This will give you time to sign a waiver, get booties if you need them, meet your coach, and make a game plan for your lesson.
What can I do with my stuff during the lesson?
We have lockers on the back deck that you can rent to hold any valuables, or you can leave your things in your car.
Is there a place for family and friends to watch?
For wing lessons, you can observe some of the lesson from our Watchtower which overlooks the sound or from Watermen's Bar and Grill's deck which overlooks our backyard and the Pamlico Sound. We do use a large teaching area in the water (thanks to using jet skis with all our lessons) so you may not be able to watch the whole lesson.
What if there is no wind?
If there is no wind at the time of your lesson, we request that you come to the Lesson Center to meet your coach and make a plan for the day. Your coach will work with you to reschedule your lesson to the next available time slot. Often while waiting for the wind, you can keep progressing and having fun with a Board Skills session, Wing Control Session, Foiling, E-Foiling, or Surfing. The great thing about Cape Hatteras is that the wind is never far away, and it is often much better than what is forecasted.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my lesson?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your lessons or camp, you can do so up to 14 days before the scheduled lesson or camp time with no rescheduling fees. A rescheduling fee of $200.00 will be applied to any lessons or camps canceled or rescheduled within 14 days of the scheduled lesson or camp start time, and the remaining balance will be placed on your store account. If your lesson or camp is canceled by REAL, you will receive a raincheck equivalent to the value of the lesson or camp booked. No rainchecks will be issued for cancellations or no shows within 48 hours of a lesson or camp.
What are the next steps after my lessons?
Your coach will help make a customized plan for you at the end of your lesson based on your progress during the lesson. They can help you get the right wing foiling gear so you can keep practicing.
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