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Is the windwing the best thing that ever happened to windsurfing? Or will it ruin it?

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Created by Paducah Wednesday, 4 Dec 2019
Paducah
607 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 3:51AM
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Gateway drug for the paddleboard crowd or mutant offspring of the kite/windsurf community?



Photo of grom in Auckland from Hot Sails Maui FB page: www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2521954587887337&set=pcb.2512681272148632&type=3&theater

Also, taking wagers on the how long until Liv Tyler's initials are mentioned.

tbwonder
NSW, 233 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 7:53AM
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This would make a lot of sense on an LT, it has to be faster than the standard sail

Gestalt
QLD, 12251 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 7:16AM
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its nothing but an 80s relic for the nostalgia crew.

azuli
QLD, 204 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 8:21AM
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Gestalt said..
its nothig but an 80s relic for the nostalgia crew.


Have heard that said about the LT too

Grantmac
94 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 6:43AM
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Pros:
Nice to travel with
Riding swell on the foil with one looks amazing
Supposed to have lots of range

Cons:
2 leashes
Need more wind than windfoil
Slow than anything you don't paddle

They have certainly tempted the local kite and SUP guys but not really made any windsurf converts. Maybe once they are better developed and understood.

Gestalt
QLD, 12251 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 9:10AM
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azuli said..

Gestalt said..
its nothig but an 80s relic for the nostalgia crew.



Have heard that said about the LT too


Paducah
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Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 10:17AM
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Gestalt said..

azuli said..


Gestalt said..
its nothig but an 80s relic for the nostalgia crew.




Have heard that said about the LT too





Well played, Gestalt. Well played.

Grantmac, your pro point #2 is the intriguing one. Your con #2 is my reality - not much wind.

tbwonder mentions Liv Tyler's initials in the first reply. Wasn't expecting it that soon.

MagicRide
228 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 12:38PM
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If I'm having a hard enough time excepting stubby's, how do I except this! let's leave it too the monkeys. They'd figure it out and would dig it! Call it the Monk Wing if you will Monkey bars are ancient, now get em some monkey wings!

Obelix
WA, 866 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 2:20PM
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I see more and more of these at Pinnaroo's. It seems to work for them, but it also seems like a lot of work.

Gestalt
QLD, 12251 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 6:04PM
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think i might need the naish wing surfer in my life at some point.

seeems ideal for supping

RichardG
WA, 2899 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 4:21PM
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I think it could be fun for using on a surfboard of the appropriate type with foil in certain conditions if you have the gear that said without a foil I suspect the windwing is not a great attraction. Lots of people above knocking things without even trying.

That said I would probably be happy to surf my Almond Lumberjack Noserider or Bing Pintail Lightweight without buying more toys. Simple retro things sans foil remain cool.

Gestalt
QLD, 12251 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 6:32PM
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the naish wing surfer shows footage on 9+ foot sups.

RichardG
WA, 2899 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 5:08PM
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Gestalt said..
the naish wing surfer shows footage on 9+ foot sups.






I guess that would be fun if you own a SUP or use it on a SUP with a foil. I think the SUP using it seem like short surfboard length or in some cases the longer garden variety. I don't SUP but have tried it although Liv Tyler can sub for a SUP which many desire. That said Naish wants to stimulate sales of foils and SUPs so the wing surfer can do that for many products in the Naish line up particularly when SUP sales are on the decline or plateauing, whichever is the case. The "foil add on" seems to be the real reason for the wing surfer wing getting popular on SUPs and other foil boards given the wing existed in the 1980s and never really took off, save in the air as the Wind Weapon.

Paducah
607 posts
Saturday , 7 Dec 2019 10:22AM
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P.C_simpson
NSW, 1408 posts
Saturday , 7 Dec 2019 6:50PM
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They are even more gay than kitesurfing, every time i see footage of one it reminds me of this picture



ka43
NSW, 2880 posts
Saturday , 7 Dec 2019 6:59PM
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Some bloody good looking speed sailing spots there.

RichardG
WA, 2899 posts
Saturday , 7 Dec 2019 5:11PM
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Paducah said..


Looks kooky.

Stretchy
WA, 487 posts
Saturday , 7 Dec 2019 7:29PM
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Hmmm, I think it might bring shortboard and LT sailors together

boardsurfr
WA, 942 posts
Saturday , 7 Dec 2019 9:44PM
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Obelix said..
I see more and more of these at Pinnaroo's. It seems to work for them, but it also seems like a lot of work.


Maybe that's the attraction . Once past the initial learning phase, foiling is too darn easy to get a good workout, at least if you don't have good swell to play with.

duzzi
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Sunday , 7 Dec 2019 11:33PM
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boardsurfr said..

Obelix said..
I see more and more of these at Pinnaroo's. It seems to work for them, but it also seems like a lot of work.



Maybe that's the attraction . Once past the initial learning phase, foiling is too darn easy to get a good workout, at least if you don't have good swell to play with.


Perfect for my aging group!

Imax1
VIC, 2341 posts
Sunday , 8 Dec 2019 8:03AM
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ka43 said..
Some bloody good looking speed sailing spots there.


Are you talking about the water or the clowns outfit ?

Paducah
607 posts
Today , 10 Dec 2019 11:13PM
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"Wingy Dingy Thingy vs WWF Comparison"
reefwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/wingy-dingy-thingy-vs-wwf-comparison/

Interesting take.

btw, past world champions wearing "clown suits"

duzzi
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Today , 10 Dec 2019 11:31PM
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Paducah said..
"Wingy Dingy Thingy vs WWF Comparison"
reefwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/wingy-dingy-thingy-vs-wwf-comparison/

Interesting take.

btw, past world champions wearing "clown suits"





A big vote in favor of Windfoil ... and for very good reasons starting with efficiency and safety, interesting.



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