Foils for Kids/light Riders, teaching strategies, safety considerations

Looking for everyone’s recommendations on foils for riders between 70-110lbs. Especially which ones would be good for beginner foilers/wingers. My kids are learning on my old GoFoil Kai and Iwa wings behind the boat. Interested in any and all information related to teaching your kids to foil!!

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The Olaian foil looks like it could be a good option. I’ve never tried one and haven’t seen them sold in the US though.
https://www.decathlon.fr/landing/surf-foil-securise-olaian/_/R-a-surf-foil-securise

Had my 2 (6 and 9yo) out behind a small 20hp rib in a sheltered bay.

Started them on a biggish wing board that they could stand on before starting but board was too heavy for them to lift… so I put them on Cab 4’6 prone board which worked perfectly … knee starting…

Tried different axis foils but found initially the 1099 was great because it was very stable in roll and could go slow … had no issues with them hitting it but did have them wear helmets and vests (all NP) … I was surprised how much speed tho they actually did need to get flying… more than you’d expect … could slow down once up though.

They also had good success with 880 HPS and next time out I’m going to try BSC 740 to offer more reactivity …

Have also had them (regular) surfing, plus winging and downwinding on a non- foil SUP board to round off the foundations … they’re probably a year away from independent foiling but there’s no rush …

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Right on. We also started them (13 and 11) on a big board so they could stand before we got going. Transitioned my 13yr/old to a wakefoil board and am transitioning my 11yr/old this afternoon. Also going to put both of them on the Kujira 1210 today so they can continue trying to surf the 2nd wake without the rope.
Yep just a little at a time but man it will be so great to get to share the stoke with the kiddos!!! Hoping my wife will take to it also but not holding my breath….haha
Still wanting to get a GoFoil setup for the kids (80-110 pounds) so definitely looking for recommendations there.
Dave

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