The Zu Flight School Lesson Program
Taxi Stage $129 (one hour lesson)
Getting a feel for how your foil behaves is much easier, and safer, with a shorter and more manageable mast. This stage is called the Taxi stage, as in an airplane taxiing around the runway. Our instructor will introduce the 15-inch mast and will teach you how to master the basic foiling skills like how to properly carry your foil, how to swim and body drag with it, how to get it in position to water start and how to get it under your feet and moving through the water. With a shorter mast, you’ll learn these basic steps much faster and easier than if you were struggling with a full-size one. Once you’re comfortable with the foil beneath your feet, have a basic understanding of how it behaves, can taxi back and forth like a regular surfboard and are able to ride short distances out of the water via the foil, you’ll be ready to graduate to the 24-inch mast.
Touch-&-Go Stage $129 (one hour lesson)
The instructor will introduce the 24-inch mast which is an invaluable tool in earing your first extended foil rides. As you rise and fall off of the water and begin to foil longer in between, you’ll appreciate the easier handling a shorter mast provides. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you get the hang of foiling and will fall in love with the feeling of silently and smoothly gliding over the water. Once you’re getting extended and controlled rides without touching down on the water, you’ll be ready for the full 30-inch mast.
The 24-inch mast is also a good long-term option for kiters who frequent shallow water and want a little extra room between their foil and the ground.
Solo Stage $129 (one hour lesson)
Our instructor will now help you work your way up to the 30-inch mast, you’ll truly appreciate the Learn to Fly program and the easy progression it provided. You’ll know how to get the foil into position, how to get up properly, how to balance you center of gravity and will be ready for longer and longer rides. At this point you’ll be hooked on foiling, and best of all you will have skipped the frustrating and often painful process many people endured in learning on a full-sized setup. Once you’re comfortable foiling in mixed conditions, carving upwind, cruising downwind and touching down for basic transitions you’ll be ready to graduate to the full 35.5-inch foil.
The 30-inch masts is also a good long-term option for kiters who frequent shallow water and want a little extra room between their foil and the ground.
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