Jouke van der Meer
Questions & Answers
What other water sports do you do and how long?
Surfing and catamaran sailing started in 1990, kitesurfing started in 2000, Sup in 2010, kitefoiling started in 2017, prone surfing started in 2019 and wingfoiling started in 2020.
What do you like about wing foiling?
It's like tow-in foil surfing, ultimate long ride of couple minute plus!!! It's just the future and it's here. And you can do it virtually everywhere, I am airline crew and the whole setup fits in just a single suitcase so I can wing anywhere now, without needing a rescue with off shore conditions or somebody to launch.
How did you learn and how long did it take you to wing foil?
Checked out Youtube and just was dedicated and went on my own, first to a lake and then on the North sea where I live and was immediately HOOKED!
What is your favorite gear combination and why?
F-One Swing, ultra light, perfect drift on the looooooooong wave rides, F-One Phantom foils for high performance glide, Unifoil Hypers are also my favorite. Now winging on my Prone board 37 liters but 5.0 Rocket wing 60 litre is safe for light wind days.
What was your favorite wing surfing session?
Cross offshore wind 25 kts with nice sized waves and then downwind with friends is the ultimate stoke!
What do you want or believe will significantly improve the wing foiling gear?
All the development yet to come, since we are standing at just the beginning, will be mind boggling!!!
What tips or recommendations do you have for anyone who wants to start?
Lots of people do not really see it yet, be an early adapter, this is going to be HUGE!! Waveriding in Holland is now like heaven for example!!
What is your biggest water sport achievement?
5th Dutch foil championships this year.