Surf Foil Pumping


To get the most out of foil surfing you’ve got to master the pumping technique. Using this method you’ll be able to get the most out of the foil and make sure that you can easily ride over the way it’s. The easiest way to evolve your technique with pumping is to look up some videos online on what the pros can do. 

It’s likely that you may have observed people on foil boards surfing in nearly nonexistent weight. With the pumping technique you’ll be able to glide through calm waters and get more distance out of your surfing on a foil board. 

Pumping explained:

The foil below your board can work in a similar way to a plane’s wing. It’s shaped in a way that as it cuts through the water it will create a list for your board and elevate you out of the water. By pushing down on the wing you’ll be able to maintain a good speed and force water out from underneath the wing to keep your board going. 

When to start pumping:

maintaining your speed means pumping at the right time and this usually means making sure that you can start pumping before your speed is too low. Start out on a wave by heading towards the channel and start pumping as you reach the peak. This will give you more speed at the top of the wave and allow you to maintain better speed coming down from the wave.


Timing the pump is very important it’s best to practice the motion at the flattest part of the way. You’ll likely manage to get some of the best pumping in as the foam happens at the top of the wave. It’s very dangerous to consider pumping through the break of the wave as this can be turbulent. 

Getting the most out of surf foil pumping often means practice in proper coordination. It’s an energy consuming process but it can give you extra speed in your movement and improvements to your surfing on a foil board. 

This post was written by Aaron McClearnon, Owner of Elite Watersports. At Elite Watersports, We strive to provide exceptional service and genuine interactions with those interested in eFoil Lessons. We hold dear our passion for being out on the water and maintain this as our foundation for all business practices.