There are many types of foils, each designed for a different application, riding style and purpose. For the first steps and a quick start on the hydrofoil, you need a good experience in kite control. Preferably, you should be able to control the kite without looking at it. You will need deep water and smooth water.
If your tasks and interests are to enjoy soaring above the water, leisurely driving and freeriding, I recommend looking at the wings with an area of 700-1100 cm2. Large area fenders allow you to quickly learn to ride a hydrofoil, but sharply limit the upper speed limit. In other words, you will drive very comfortably, very stable, but slowly.
A voluminous, floating board with the correct shape, which does not allow the board to burrow under the water during splashdowns, will become a great helper for beginners in training on a hydrofoil. The board should have a flat bottom, such a hydrofoil board will forgive a lot of your mistakes and allow you to quickly get on the wing. The width of the board is much more important than the length. For the first steps, I recommend starting with a width of 45-47cm, length 130-135cm. If you don’t want to go faster, you won’t need anything else, you just have to have fun. By the way, this kit is very convenient to learn reversals. My lineup includes the FOX kit – the perfect solution for the above tasks.
There is an opinion that it is necessary to study with a hydrofoil on a short mast of 40-60 cm. This theory has a right to exist, but with the CORRECT teaching !!! the height of the mast does not matter. This is a wasted money, because you will need it for a few hours of training. Once you are confident on the wing, the short mast will be very uncomfortable to ride.
If you want to go faster, you will need a carbon mast and wings with a smaller area and higher aspect ratio, and a mast height higher than 80cm. Hydrofoil models from my Colt and Joy line. Very comfortable and super stable fenders, all other parts of the hydrofoil (fuselage, connecting plate and bolts) do not oxidize in salt water.
For fans of high jumps, speed and aggressive riding, racing carbon hydrofoils with a high mast, narrow board with sloping sides are required.