Prone Foil back to Surfing


After foiling all summer; anyone having a very wobbly adjustment going back to surfing?

Will going back to foil be like starting all over again? Hope not, that would be brutal

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I have found it takes about two waves to switch to surf brain and get the feel again. I find it easier to go back to prone, maybe because I do it more.

You first paddle out after sometime foiling definitely feels wobbly after foiling for a while.

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It’s for sure rough for a few waves but then it’s fine. Going back to surfing is awesome because you can absolutely shred without abandon, so much more maneuverable compared to a foil setup and you can get for close-out barrels etc.

Took me a while the first time I went back to foiling. Now I can go back and forth in a wave or two. I’ve found its easier to ride more liters surfing. I just focus on the back foot and try to get back on the board. Hope that helps.

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Dude. I logged on to literally post the same question. I’ve shortboarded all my life. Been foiling exclusively for about 4 months and recently hopped back on my shortboard for some fall hurricane swell. I could barely paddle out! Lol. My shortboard which had always felt second nature to me, now felt so wobbly and unstable. I was also worried since I am trying to get back in the grove for a trip to Hatteras this week. Just had my third session back on the shortboard and starting to feel close to 100% normal again. I foiled yesterday and took a couple waves to get back in the foiling groove after surfing. I think the key is to just do both every few weeks.

Crazy how foiling can rewire your brain. I feel like I could have not surfed for a couple years and still not have felt so messed up after a few months on foil.

Agreed, the close outs and awesome wipeouts in more critical surf are a blast after spending so much time on foil. But man does my shortboard feel slow now.


Was shocking how weird and foreign a surfboard felt after a couple years away. Having gone back and forth a few times now, just takes a couple waves to get the feel figured out again. But I found it interesting to reflect on how hard surfing is to learn and how long it’s been … you forget all that, take those skills for granted.

That was the takeaway from one of the foiler podcasts: don’t stop shortboarding. Bring that surf style into foiling, they are complementary.

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The more you go back and forth the more your brain will get used to it.
The wobble paddling on the shortboard is hilarious! Back to feeling like full beginner.


Full beginner? It was worse than switch foot


No kidding, this was the weirdest thing in my life, wobbling around like the first time on a slackline, on the midlength. Completely unexpected.

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I’ve been surfing for 50+ years. After a season of foiling (efoil, wing, sup) I got back on the trusty shortboard for the first time and had no trouble paddling out, getting a wave, popping up…but then…omg what a disaster. It was like I was trying to switchfoot. Worse! An hour later and I hadn’t made great headway, though conditions in SF’s Ocean Beach are not ideal for “learners”. That was a few months ago and haven’t made it back other than to learn to prone foil - hard to take the crowds and limited results vs effort vs wingfoiling.

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I learnt to prone foil 5 years ago but continued to ride my short board. Probably prone foil 30% and short board 40%, wing 30%.
I think because I continued to short board while learning to foil I have never had one bit of trouble crossing back and forth between the disciplines. In fact some of my best short board waves are the first waves after a few foil sessions. They feel more compatible than incompatible in my experience and I am mid fifties.