Ever since Kai Lenny introduced us to the magic of SUP foiling in 2016, the SUP world hasn’t been able to get enough. But while Lenny and other SUP pros make riding a foilboard look easy, learning to do it yourself presents a formidable challenge. Most first-timers spend more time face-planting and less time foiling during those early sessions.

As with most things worth doing, learning to SUP foil takes practice. To help smooth out the process, we enlisted San Francisco-based paddler and videographer Clay Schmitz (aka Clay Island) for a crash course. In this three-part skills tutorial, Schmitz talks us through the process of learning to SUP foil—the good, bad and ugly of it. Because it’s always easier learning from someone else’s mistakes instead of your own.

In part two, Schmitz covers the basic equipment you’ll need to get started. Beyond the essentials, he also covers several gear hacks such as foot straps and different leashes that he found advantageous for starting out.

Watch Part 1 of Learning to SUP Foil: Getting Up and Going

Watch Part 3 of Learning to SUP Foil: Lessons Learned