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Top 5 Questions Answered About Wingsurfing And The Slingwing

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Created by 7-Nation Aust 1 month ago, 18 Apr 2019
7-Nation Aust
QLD, 104 posts
18 Apr 2019 8:49AM
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The old SlingWing has been grabbing a lot of new attention. See the link below for the history and inside scoop... maybe even order yours today.



blog.slingshotsports.com/top-5-questions-answered-about-wingsurfing-and-the-slingwing-2019/

gibo
ACT, 188 posts
18 Apr 2019 9:03AM
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but I have a few other questions as well:
1. How many sizes are being released? Is it just one size?
2. What is the wind range (low end) of the size(s) (obviously rider weight and foil size dependant, but let's assume 80 kg and large foil).
3. Any info on pricing?
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7-Nation Aust
QLD, 104 posts
18 Apr 2019 9:08AM
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1. How many sizes are being released? I believe 2-3

2. What is the wind range (low end) of the sizes (obviously rider weight and foil size dependant, but let's assume 80 kg and large foil). 12 knots + (Probably even less if you are an proficient foiler and can pump well)

3. Any info on pricing? Probably about 1k

gibo
ACT, 188 posts
18 Apr 2019 12:02PM
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thank you for the response @7-nation. These look great for inland lake use (wind is gusty), and then there is the use with a snowboard!

Piros
QLD, 5403 posts
18 Apr 2019 2:14PM
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Metre wise what are the sizes , 5 , 7 , 9 ??

DWF
85 posts
18 Apr 2019 6:43PM
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Piros said..
Metre wise what are the sizes , 5 , 7 , 9 ??


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Seajuice
NSW, 394 posts
18 Apr 2019 9:51PM
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I was thinking of getting a sail for one of my SUPs for general wind surfing. Would theses wings go ok without a foil?

juandesooka
212 posts
18 Apr 2019 11:14PM
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I am intrigued, would love to try one, but being a cheap bugger, I am probably not $1k intrigued as yet. ;-)
I'm going to try and macgyver my 3m Prodigy to be functional first.

I have been engaged in several online debates about this though, interesting to see the number and volume of haters about this new toy. Seems we've finally found something that surfers, kiters, and windsurfers can actually agree on. LOL. Surfers hate everything that isn't a standard shortboard, so that's unsurprising. But the kiter/windsurfer hate is explained by this quote in the blog above:
Kite or windsurf foilers will see it as a novelty, which has lower performance than kiting and windsurfing on a foil but it has its niche because of a different kind of freedom being a handheld wing. As mentioned, people who love to SUP Surf or Wakefoil will be able to access and harness the wind quickly and effortlessly.

This wing allows non wind chasers to try it without the painful learning curve of both windsurfing and kiting. I think it would be pretty challenging to water start this on a sub 5' surf foil ... so that leaves sup foilers who aren't already kiters. A narrow group indeed! But a group that includes me, so I'm stoked to try it. I picture miles long downwinders, endlessly surfing the swells with wind assistance when necessary and non involvement of the wing once surfing. Mmm.

Gorgo
VIC, 4145 posts
19 Apr 2019 8:01AM
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The kite wing could be the "killer app" for SUP foiling. At the moment you need waves to go SUP foiling. I modified my SUP to take a foil but I find it hard to get motivated to drive down to the surf to do it. I can kite foil almost every day less than 10 minutes from home.

My kite foiling skills are pretty solid. I have no trouble at all getting out and moving around on the SUP foil in the surf but I haven't put in the time to learn to foil surf with it.

A kite wing could do two things. Whenever there is a breeze I could get out on my SUP foil and nail the skills to ride it. If I thought I could use it more frequently I might be tempted to buy a dedicated SUP foiling board. It would be a useful piece of equipment rather than a niche thing that takes effort to use.

Seajuice
NSW, 394 posts
19 Apr 2019 8:35AM
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Straps. Do you need straps? Only got one board, my 6ft 8" JP Foil board that has the inserts. Would like to try my other boards as well. But they haven't got the inserts.
And just thought of an idea for down wind foiling. How would it go to send you up wind. Then stop somewhere preferably on shore to pack it up in a backpack. And then downwind foil back. No need to get a lift back to your car.
Where I surf I have paddled up wind for about 2kms before the downwind strengthens. Then downwind it back.
If the Slingwing is easily foldable then I would be able to travel at least 10 kms upwind.
It looks like you can tie your paddle to it as well. So just wondering if this is so? Would come in handy.



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