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Windwing on a longboard

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Created by rgmacca Friday, 14 Jun 2019
rgmacca
76 posts
Friday , 14 Jun 2019 3:55AM
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Hi
ive never foiled, did not fancy getting caught up in one in surf.

How much fun would windwing or similar be on a longboard (no foil), can you go up wind, use them in surf, play about. Or are they a gimmick on non foil board.
Are they mainly designed for use with foils, if so could you learn to foil with one.
Thanks for input.

Clamsmasha
WA, 46 posts
Friday , 14 Jun 2019 5:14AM
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I'm pretty sure I've seen a vid of Robbie Naish on a plan old SUP. Seemed to work okay but wasn't very exciting.

rgmacca
76 posts
Friday , 14 Jun 2019 6:54AM
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Yes I think I saw that one, just cruzing.

juandesooka
236 posts
Friday , 14 Jun 2019 10:42AM
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Yeah seen that too. Question is if you could get upwind and back to the take off spot. Then surf it from there. Repeat. If you have a spot that's good in sideshore wind, you could surf without paddling maybe. (All speculation ...I haven't tried one yet)

Gorgo
VIC, 4188 posts
Friday , 14 Jun 2019 1:13PM
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It seems to me the key is that if you can get into a semi-standing position on a stationary board then you can pull on some power from the wing then get up and moving. Once you're moving you're fairly stable and can do things. I experimented with this recently with a SUP, foil and kite.

If you can stay on top of your longboard while it is stationary and manipulate the wing then I can't see any reason why you can't explore doing something useful with it. I learned to kitesurf 20 years ago on a longboard with a 4m buggy kite. It's not all that different in configuration to a wind wing and longboard (except the buggy kite would not water relaunch).

My hope is that I can take my SUP out with a wind wing in winds that are not fun to SUP surf in. Winds that blow me away from the peak, or blow me back as I try to catch waves. I would be happy as long as I can cruise around in position and line up a wave to ride.

I have seen windsurfers doing a similar thing at Point Danger. They slog out on floaty boards, turn in front of a swell, catch the wave and have some fun.

juandesooka
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Friday , 14 Jun 2019 11:54AM
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Yeah gorgo. Good plan. It'll be esasier than the kite sup thing....I found it challenging not to drift under the kite and slack lines. With wing on a longboard , could maybe start kneeling until get a little speed.

colas
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Friday , 14 Jun 2019 2:22PM
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Gorgo said..
I have seen windsurfers doing a similar thing at Point Danger. They slog out on floaty boards, turn in front of a swell, catch the wave and have some fun.


I have done it for years. It is fun, but it requires specific wind directions, and wide open waves. With a sail, you are very limited in where you can go, and it is hard to get back to the peak, stay here to wait for the set, and adjust your placement for take off. It can be frustrating as you see the set incoming and realize that with a paddle you could just go straight to where you need to be for takeoff, but the limited options with the sail (cant go upwind) means you will miss the set.

So you need to be typically in cross-shore winds to avoid frustrations.



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