Recently a Wing Boarding video from Cape Town showed the potential of using wings on surf boards – not only on foil boards. Quite a lot of questions came in over the recent posts with the Signature SWITCH wing board, so here’s some info we hope will be helpful.
Make sure you check the video out first.
Wing Boarding the Future in 2021?
Q&A about Wing Boarding with Ivan and Nathan van Vuuren:
Using wings on boards has been around for years, in fact we 1st tried wing boarding while living on Maui in 2006 >> here’s a YOUTUBE
HOW MUCH WIND DO YOU NEED?
The more, the better – if you take a big SUP you can go in lighter winds. Jumping feels better with +25knts. We have been in +45knts and feels really wild but fun.
We’ve used everything from skim, boogie boards, SUPs, Kiteboards, Alaia surfboards to quad + twin fin surfboards; each has it’s place depending on strength of wind + where you are riding (waves, lagoon, deep or shallow waters)
SPECIALISED WING BOARDS EASIER?
Most anything can work but using something like the SWITCH designed for quick planing and jumping makes it quicker to progress in the early stages.http://www.signatureperformancegear.com/spg-switch If you are creating your own custom, try to get the rails as hard as possible in the back area, less rocker for quick planing and added volume to carry you through the gusts.
WHAT DO I NEED?
Board + inflatable wing, preferably a wing that has low end “grunt” to get you planing quick + a more “square/ boxy” type of wing so the edges don’t catch when you are starting out.
WILL IT REPLACE WINDSURF + KITING?
It’s an addition to the quiver – we windsurf + kite and this probably won’t be the next universal BIG thing like the early windsurf or kite days, as it is a bit more technical, requires some wind knowledge, but at the same time there’s definitely a technical aspect that may evolve into something unique as wings improve + top riders push the limits further.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART?
Simple, safe and loads of fun once you master the basics there seems to be a unique freedom feeling once you’re locked in and flying.
So hope this gives a bit of insight into the possible future of wing sports – whichever way it goes, the biggest thing is to get out there, try new stuff and enjoy the ride