Wind Wings/Wing-Surfers - what's it all about?
In the world of Watersports, we've been spoilt with developments. From the 70's windsurfing had some great developments which paved the way to today's modern kiteboards and Stand Up Paddle boards. Kitesurfing developed an amazing aerodynamic wing. And this led to the development of foiling which has spread like wildfire across all disciplines - windsurfing, kitesurfing and SUP.
And now we reach a singular focus point which has given birth to a completely new sport - a sport which will either supplement your existing toys, or move you into a completely new discipline.
The point is, there is fun to be had, and new ways of having it, and this is with the new Wind Wings/Wing-Surfers. Obviously for branding reasons (Ozone Wasp Wing Surfer, Naish Wing-Surfer, DuoTone Foil Wing), each brand has had to choose a unique name. … and these wings are far from new .. they have been around for decades, but with the super efficiency of foils, the time is ripe for these to be a realistic tool for fun.
With kitesurfing and windsurfing, heading upwind has always been a challenge - downwind is fast and furious. But foiling changed all that - upwinding is a dream; and foiling took the chop out of the water - making the ocean like fresh snow.
Kitesurfing took a lot of the gear out of windsurfing - less booms, less sails, more wind range.
And now we are on the cusp of reducing that clutter even further with the new Wind Wings/Wing-Surfers, for those after either a simplistic sailing experience, or a never ending surfing dream.
The new Wind Wings, with a foil, enable you to belt upwind at high speed, to downwind on ocean swells, to navigate the ocean like it's your playground.
Wing Surfers offer a brand new surf/sail experience. And look out for racing to evolve. Kitesurfing racing has always been such a challenge because of the space needed for kites, and catastrophe of kites getting tangled - perhaps these new Wing Surfer, the racing looks set to be tight and close.
Check out these latest offerings from the top brands:
Duotone Foil Wing
Ozone Wasp Wing Surfer
Some quotes from the pro's:
"THE NEW FOIL WING IS MY NEW OBSESSION… SINCE MY FIRST TRY ON FLAT WATER IN LIGHT WINDS JUST GETTING TO GRIPS WITH THE WING TO NOW RIDING FUN SWELLS AND LITTLE WAVES, I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF IT. THE SOLID BOOM GIVES ME TOTAL CONTROL AS WELL AS GREAT BOTTOM END AND MORE STABLE TOP END TO GIVE ME THE PERFECT SOLUTION TO THE GENERALLY UP AND DOWN WIND CONDITIONS." NIK BAKER
"THE FOIL WING IS AN AMAZING TOOL FOR RIDING WAVES, FLYING UPWIND AND DOWNWIND AND GLIDING EFFORTLESSLY THROUGH TACKS AND JIBES. THE MAGIC OF THE FOIL WING IS THAT IT'S FREE-FLOATING, WHICH MEANS YOU CAN TURN IT OFF AT WILL WHEN SURFING A SWELL OR CARVING A FLAT WATER 360. YOU GET THE FEELING OF SURF FOILING IN ANY CONDITIONS, EVEN FLAT WATER!"
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