For wingsurfing, you may have done a preliminary search and a lot of knowledge, but the variety of information and opinions from different sides can often be dizzying. So how did it develop? This article will give you a detailed introduction.
Surfing is roughly divided into 3 processes: Windsurfing → Kitesurfing → Wing surfing
– Where is windsurfing originated?
Windsurfing originated in America, In 1968, Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer founded Windsurf International in Southern California, which manufactures, markets and licenses windsurf designs. So they patented the design. Windsurfing, also known as “windsurfing” and “board sailing,” originated in California’s surf culture in the late 1960s. By the late 1970s, windsurfing had gained a following in North America and achieved significant global popularity in the 1980s. It was recognized as an Olympic sport in 1984 and became a model sport that year. The windsurfing craze continued into the 1990s, and the professional side of the sport gained popularity in the global media.
– What is windsurfing?
Windsurfing is a water sport that combines sailing and surfing. The windsurfer uses the wind to propel a board under his feet forward and across the water. For many, windsurfing is sailing in its most basic and enjoyable form—a flexible triangular sail mounted on a board.
– What does windsurfing cost?
According to our estimates, buying a complete windsurf (beginner) set costs about $3407. Here’s what the bill looks like:
Mast base $64
Suit 3/2mm $125
Harness lines $22
– Where is kitesurfing originated?
Kitesurfing originated in France. Brothers Bruno Legaignoux and Dominique Legaignoux from the French Atlantic coast developed kites for kitesurfing in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and in November 1984 patented an inflatable kite design that has been used by the company to develop its own products.
– What is kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing can be simply understood as “kites + surfing”. Its general principle is to use a high-tech umbrella-shaped cloth (kite), connect it to the hand-held handle with several strong lines, and use the handle system to control the kite, combined with the surfboard under the feet, can glide and surf on the water with wind conditions. Advanced players can also make various fancy or high-altitude jumping actions, as well as other derivative games.
In less than 30 years since its birth, kitesurfing has developed a variety of ways to play, and fans can enjoy a variety of kite surfing sub-categories at the same time, such as two-way boards, wave boards, hydrofoil boards, etc. Two-way board racing, brush waves, wave board tricks, two-way board high-altitude tricks, two-way board freestyles, hydrofoil racing, etc. The different gameplays provide you with a variety of new ways to open the ocean.
– What does kitesurfing cost?
According to our estimates, buying a complete kite surfing gear set costs about $3000. Here’s what the bill looks like:
Kite $600 – $2,800
Board $400 – $1,000
kite control bar and lines $250 – $600
harness $150 – $300
Depending on the wind direction for kitesurfing, you may also need to buy wetsuits, booties, life jackets and helmets.
– Where is wingsurfing originated?
It originated in America. The timeline of wing development is quite similar to the development of the surfing foil, although the real breakthroughs in performance have only occurred in the past few years.
Pete Cabrinha first tried an early version in 1982. Just like Robbie Naish with the foil, Cabrinha found the wing to be heavy, bulky, and not performance-enhancing in any way. There were further developments through the late ’80s and ’90s without making much of an impact.
– What is wingsurfing?
It is a hot new sport that has grown in popularity over the past few years. Winging combines elements of windsurfing, kite surfing, surfing and hydrofoil. You ride on a SUP Foil board or a regular SUP board while holding a handheld inflatable sail called a “wing”. With the help of a breeze of about 10 knots (12 mph), you can pop the foil using the hand-held sail and your body movements. It all feels like you are suddenly floating above the water – floating in a silent nirvana.
– What does wingsurfing cost?
According to our estimates, buying a complete gear set costs about $4,000. Here’s what the bill looks like:
Wing $800 – $1,000
Wing leash $30 – $100
SUP or Wing Foil Board $1,000 – $2,000
SUP board leash $30
Complete Foil(includes the mast, fuselage, front wing, rear wing, hardware) $1,000
Wetsuit if riding in cooler water temps $300
Know more about: The most popular water sport of 2022 – Wing foil surfing
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing & Wingsurfing Comparison
This is the part where we will compare the ease of learning and other parameters of the three extreme sports.
-Ease of Learning
Windsurfing requires only some solid instruction and takes about two to three hours on flat water and four to five hours in waves. That’s enough for anyone to start sailing back and forth on their own.
Kitesurfing is different; first, you have to learn how to catch a kite, which can take hours by the sea. Next, you will be required to undergo body dragging through the water before trying to get on the board. This could take up to nine hours, just learning the basics.
Now for the fun part: After a kitesurfer has spent about 20 hours learning the ropes, such a person will ride at high speeds and use techniques that will still apply for the next few months or years. By kitesurfing, you will become a dark slide master in no time!
A windsurfer will have a more gradual, but consistent improvement during that time. This is why people seem to prefer learning to kitesurf rather than windsurf.
Compare windsurfing and kitesurfing, wing surfing has a lot less gear to set up and easier to progress more quickly and takes up a lot less space which opens up a lot more access points and does not require an assisted launch or landing. With wind and no waves, you can enjoy it to the fullest. You can feel like you’re surfing on the inland waterways and feel like you’re surfing. It’s easy to learn, the gear fits in a relatively small space, it’s easily accessible, and it provides a great fitness workout. Also, it is an easy, low-impact sport that will get you into great shape. When you are first learning, a 45-minute session will wear you out.
Windsurfing gear seems bulkier than its counterparts, as it usually comes with one or two boards (as the case may be) and three sails. The sails weigh 30kg, which can be a hassle if you have to fly.
Kitesurfing gear consists of a board and a kite, which can be carried in a long bag that looks like the kind used to carry golf clubs.
Wing surfing gear can be directly loaded into the backpack, which is very convenient for traveling.
Windsurfers, on the other hand, can only affect anyone about 5 meters downwind. Windsurfers have fewer accidents, and although you may encounter or hear about windsurfers with sprained ankles, dislocated shoulders, split ribs and broken legs, they are rare.
Rescuing windsurfers after an accident is also a challenge, as it happens mostly on the water. That’s why if you happen to fall while windsurfing, you should do your best to get on the board to save energy. This action will also make it easier for anyone who can alert or help you to notice or see you. Finally grab an emergency whistle, as it might come in handy if you’re in trouble in the waves.
Kitesurfing regards blowing as the most dangerous sport. Because accidents that occur during kitesurfing are much more severe.
The reason behind the severity or severity of kitesurfing accidents is that most of the time, people who play this extreme sport have little or no experience. Therefore, these people won’t know what to do when something unforeseen or unusual happens to them in the air.
Also, when kitesurfers get into trouble mid-flight, the dire consequences can affect anyone within 200 meters and downwind.
We like wing surfing because it’s safe. And We can leave from anywhere. Also, we usually have bulk, so worst case we paddle in like a surf. You’re standing in a cramped and poorly ventilated spot on the board and it’s easy to get started.
Just let go of the wings and you can unleash all the power. No issues getting ripped off like a kite, everything is cool.
Windsurfing has more physically challenging. This is the ideal physical activity for you if you want to build up your physique. Because your legs will be in a squat or position, strengthening your glutes and quads. When maintaining or adjusting the angle of the sail and keeping it in place, the muscles of your upper back and arms are affected.
Kitesurfing doesn’t require much physical strength, but you still need to use your legs and core stabilization muscles to control the speed and direction of the board.
Wing surfing is not a sport that requires a lot of physical strength, nor do you have to be in perfect shape to practice it. This is why wing surfing is truly a sport for everyone and is practicable at any age, or almost. Well obviously it’s not good for a 5-year-old, but for slightly older children it is already feasible, and the same thing goes for those who are no longer a boy, of course with due caution due to the fact that it is still a sport and moreover it is practiced in water and in close contact with the forces of nature.
Now, wing surfing is rapidly gaining popularity. Due to several reasons. First, the wings are handheld. This gives the wing surfer a very free and dynamic feeling. There are no wires or strips connecting the surfer to the wing. Because surfers cannot be towed by runaway kites, the risk of crashes and injuries is reduced.
Finally, no matter which of the three you choose, make sure you have adequate training and play the sport under the supervision of a professional or expert, hope everyone can enjoy the sport.