Wingsurfing is a brand new “excessive” sport utilizing the facility of the wind in a hand-held wing to propel the rider of a Dirtsurfer or mountainboard. Riders can attain speeds over 40mph and but are able to turning into or away from the wind in the identical manner as a windsurfer does. Add to this, freestyle tips and jumps, and also you quickly realise that wingsurfing just isn’t solely nice enjoyable, however being a brand new sport, we’re solely simply scratching the floor of strikes and tips.
What’s a kitewing?
The Kitewing seems like a cross between a windsurfer sail and a grasp glider. Designed in Finland, the hand-held Kitewing is accessible in Three sizes from 3.5 to five.5 sq. metres and was initially designed for ice skaters. Apparently, wind powered ice skating has been an exercise in Finland for a few years, nevertheless the Kitewing is a contemporary design, utilizing fashionable know-how. Its magnificence is in its energy. As a wing, and in additional than eight or 9mph of wind, it actually flies. In your fingers it may possibly really feel weightless, however the concept is to generate energy. This energy is just achieved by adjusting the angle of the wing in opposition to the wind. In case you’re a windsurfer, you may choose this up virtually instantly, and additionally, you will quickly realise that the facility could be ahead (traction energy) or upward (carry).
The following factor is…
What do you do with all this energy?
Though the Kitewing was initially designed to energy ice-skaters, over the previous few years its use has expanded to snowboards, skis, inline skates, rollerskates, mountain boards and Dirtsurfers. What you employ will rely in your setting and the situations.
Wingsurfing within the UK usually makes use of a Dirtsurfer (a novel 2 wheeled in-line board) or a mountain board, as typically utilized by energy kiters or All-Terrain-Boarders (downhill driving)
What’s a Dirtsurfer?
The Dirtsurfer is one other marvel, designed in Australia as a summer season various to snowboarding; Its a 2 wheeled (in-line) board thats seems like nothing else. It has two 16 or 20 inch wheels and a deck that the rider stands on (with or with out footstraps). Stearing is achieved by merely leaning the board in a lot the identical manner as a skateboarder or snowboarder does, making it doable to imitate the fluid carves which are typical of a snowboard or surfer. Some riders use them purely for downhilling (on or off highway) with recorded speeds of 74mph (120kph), others mix them with energy from a Kitewing or PowerKite.
The place can I am going?
Within the UK we’re fortunate to have some nice seashores, however on many, notably within the busy summer season months, you may discover windsports aren’t allowed. So it is best to verify first. (verify on the wingsurfer.co.uk discussion board). In case you’re a velocity freak and you’ve got an honest onshore wind, a big (exhausting packed) empty seashore, a Kitewing and a Dirtsurfer, you possibly can simply end up doing 30mph or extra. Standard seashores in Wales are Llangennith on the Gower (north of the stream), Abberavon (Port Talbot) or most of the nice seashores on the west coast. The truth is any seashore the place energy kiters fly. Like energy kiters, you have to to journey/fly considerately with different customers in thoughts. There are additionally riders who meetup at Camber Sands on the South coast.
How Quick Can You go?
Utilizing a Kitewing for energy, the quickest recorded velocity is presently 48.7MPH on a seashore in South Wales. The present goal is to go over 50mph.
The quickest recorded velocity downhilling with a Dirtsurfer is 120KPH
Can I Leap?
The Kitewing provides you appreciable carry, so its not unusual to get some air. How excessive and much you go relies on the wind and your weight , some riders can leap a number of ft with out the help of a kicker; utilizing a kicker this could be boosted significantly.
How do I cease?
Practically all (besides the very outdated ones) Dirtsurfers have calf operated brakes that the rider leans again on. This prompts a disk or caliper brake on the again wheel.
The place can I see one or have a go?
The very best factor is to go to the discussion board on http://www.wingsurfer.co.uk and take part one of many common meetups. Most riders are more than pleased to let you could have a fast go along with some primary instruction. If in case you have completed any wind sports activities earlier than, you’ll in all probability have a bonus, when you’ve got completed any browsing or snowboarding, you’ll in all probability discover it simpler than you count on.
The place can I discover out extra?
The very best place to start out in http://www.wingsurfer.co.uk a web site run by riders. There are a great deal of movies, hints and suggestions and a terrific pleasant discussion board.