Thanks for that write up. There isn't much wind down here, but I'm hoping I can get by w/ a big wing and a board big enough to do standing starts. Eventually, I'll hide just enough volume in a smaller board to do a standing start.winging is pretty rad. Lots of argument in kiting world about if it's a lamer version of kiting, etc, but for people who already sup/surf foil, it is clearly an extension of that. Once you're on the wave and the wing is luffed, it feels just like regular wave foiling -- the difference is you have a tool that gets you in super early and no paddling. Your personal jetski tow-in. Add that into the mix, and there's not many off-days any more, something to chase in almost all conditions.
The wing offers some advantages over kiting too: faster rigging and can use it in areas where wind is too marginal to kite. My home break is not great for kiting, have tried many times over the years but given up ... yesterday I had a wing session there at lunch hour....45 minutes on the water and back at work without anyone being the wiser. I lucked into two waves that started forming way out there, long fade left, then the right all the way across, 500m at least. There is only a 5 second section of it that had any white water, near the end, barely even surf foilable. Now, this is an open swell, not a breaking wave, so someone watching from the beach could probably barely tell it was a wave .... but you sure can feel it. All in all, felt like stealing candy.
The negatives of winging: in light wind it's a lot of work, I think kite foiling still more fun sub 12kt (unless there's good surf). The boards are bigger, more swing weight, not as easy or fun for whipping around, but this is evolving quick. Much like everyone was windsurfing 10' slalom boards and then suddenly everyone switched to small boards once water starting became a thing....I suspect winging in surf may follow the same lead. And just like wavesailing, this will not be for everyone (experts only) and not every spot (needs a lot of wind). But that'll be the high end ... using my surf foil board or perhaps even smaller.
Light wing flat water lawn mowing....doable and fun enough but a fair bit of work. However, light wind and waves....you can wait in take off position for the set, then just before wave you start pumping the wing, the wave gives you life, you get up and in, then flag the wing and just foil surf. So as long as there's waves, the wing can bring some s**ts and giggles.Thanks for that write up. There isn't much wind down here, but I'm hoping I can get by w/ a big wing and a board big enough to do standing starts. Eventually, I'll hide just enough volume in a smaller board to do a standing start.
What do you weigh? I'm having a dark night of the soul, contemplating cutting my rig right down....but it goes so well....Yup I'm fully addicted to winging now. 4'9 x 24.5" board, 71L. I can barely stand on it when not moving, but knee starts are fairly easy. The other day I had a 2.5hr session, logged 23 miles on foil. And that was mostly riding waves. Find a wave, cruise onto it, luff the wing and surf the wave, pull off the wave get the wing back up and zoom back up the point and find the next wave. Soo much fun, until you crash on a wave, haha.
75kgWhat do you weigh? I'm having a dark night of the soul, contemplating cutting my rig right down....but it goes so well....
Wow JDS I just had the same thing happen to me a couple months ago - so scary! I too blew a takeoff and took a wing to the rib, my wetsuit provided little protection. My wing tips are all a bit rounder now for safety!I have had some time to think this week, as I have my first significant foil surf injury. First ride on my fancy new KD stab ... got a little cocky on a late drop, went over the falls, got the tomahawk chop just above my ear. Yes the stab is sharp right out of the box ... 8 stitches (through my wetsuit hood), big swollen head, luckily the CT scan showed no skull or brain damage. So, could have been way worse. And also could have been better, had I been wearing any one of the 4 (FOUR) helmets in my van.
Anyways, now have safety in mind again. Committed to wearing a helmet again, even if look nerdy. And taking a file to my ginsu stab. Hoping to be back in the water this weekend, for the next big swell.