Wingsurfing Sessions 5 – North Shore Maui Downwinder, a beautiful sunny day on Maui, and the water was magical. So blessed to be living in wingsurfing paradise. Riding my Dragonfly Freewing 4M Wing, and my 66L Flyfoil Wingboard, and hydrofoil.
Question: How do you jump with wing?? Ok let me be more specific, I have many questions… Riders who know how to jump : how did you learn or practice? Should I first learn to jump with kitefoil, or is it easier with wing? One foot strap on the front of the board or two straps?
Short Answer(s): Learn to jump on kitefoil first (i did). Tail-first landings are best. Start small. Two footstraps are best for jumping. Make sure any wings are not sharp, blunten them if necessary. Wear wetsuits etc for protection from bumps and scrapes. You can jump/land a wingfoil with one front footstrap, but I prefer two. Small jumps of maybe a foot or two at first. eventually you can land nose-first as well. Start at an upwind angle, but on higher jumps, turn the board a little downwind in the air, and land “slightly” downwind for a smoother landing.
Footstraps: If you learned to wingfoil without footstraps, that is best because now you know your preferred foot positions. In general you will want to add the straps to the exact same positions where your feet go, but later you may want to move the straps backward slightly. Hopefully the board you have already has inserts for adding footstraps. However many wingboards tend to have insert positions copied from wingsurf strap positions. In general wingboard footstraps will be fairly close to the board’s centerlne. getting the strap positions placed correctly laterally is essential for any foilboard. If necessary, you can have a board-maker/repairer add more footstrap inserts to almost any wingboard.
Footstrap Use: Yes there is an increased risk of ankle injury when using footstraps, but to minimize risk you must set the straps up correctly. Not too loose or too tight. The problems happen if one foot slips out prematurely (midair or when landing), or when the board “jack-knifes” with your feet still in the straps. Once you start using footstraps on any foilboard (kite-foil or wing-foil) you will quickly become familiar with these situations.
Foot-hooks: If you have weak ankles or want to ease into it, I recommend using foot hooks first, they are much safer for your ankles. The trade off is that foot-hooks are not as secure as straps, and your feet may slip out more often, but when that happens you can get out of them much more easily.
Landing Method: it is best to land flat. By “flat” I mean laterally.
- Do not have the board tipping toward one side or the other.
- Keep your weight above it and land on top of it.
- If the foil is angled sideways too much the board will jack-knife (= bad).
- Land on top of the foil, albeit slightly on the back wing.
This is essential for smaller jumps. On larger jumps with more forward speed, you can angle the upwind rail downward slightly to compensate for the forward force of the landing. For sure, you never want to land with the downwind rail lower than the upwind rail.
WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN? WE MET UP WITH DAVID DORN THE CO-FOUNDER OF DRAGONFLY KITEBOARDING TO DISCUSS THE ORIGINS OF THE FREEWING.Continue reading “Interview with David Dorn the co-creator of the Freewing.”
Almost Here – The New 2020 Range of Freewings Coming Very Soon.
Introducting the Freewing WingBoom. The Wingboom is an almnium boom with a soft EVA foam grip. Wingbooms are adjustable length to suit various Freewing Sizes. Freewing Wingbooms are specifically designed for Wingsurfing, and they are designed for optimum utilization with Freewing Wings (although they may be used on several other wing brands). All Dragonfly Freewing Wings are built to receive the Boom upgrade. Special boom mounting points and reinforcements are already included as standard on all models and versions of Freewings. Wingbooms are built tough an can handle tough conditions. Continue reading “Freewing Boom”
The Freewing Wingsurfing Wing is now Available in Four sizes. 2.5m, 3m, 4m, 5m.Continue reading “Freewing Wingsurfing”
The development of the Freewing has been the result of a long process, of designing, prototyping, and testing. The Freewing had a long way to come before the latest version came into being.Continue reading “Wingsurfing Development”
Always use extreme caution when using this product:
Wing-surfing is an extreme sport so take care.
All watersports and wind sports have inherent risks.
Risks include serious injury, permanent disability, drowning, and death.
Do not use this product unless you accept all risks associated with its use. Continue reading “Freewing Caution Notice”
Dragonfly Freewing™. The Freewing is a handheld wing for wing-surfers and wing-foilers. This latest model wing is a new version for 2020. The new model has a multitude of refinements from the previous model. These lightweight wings are very versatile for a range of ride styles. Skate. SUP- or Foil with it. The wing comes complete with handles, back-pack carry bag, and *Bonus Pump.Continue reading “Dragonfly Freewing Wingsurfing”
WingSurfing: Wingsurfing is a wind-powered watersport that uses a handheld symmetrical wing to power a surfboard or foilboard, It has similar traits to windsurfing, and kiting, and is almost a hybrid of both. Wing-skiing has been around for 15-20 years however recent improvements in Wing design, combined with the rise of foilboards, have propelled this new sport into the spotlight. Wingsurfing has really started to get noticed and is quickly attracting followers. Wingsurfing is less extreme than kiteboarding which adds to its general appeal.Continue reading “What is Wingsurfing?”
We are constantly testing our gear in different ways, pushing the limits, experimenting, and generally having fun. Here is a quick video of one of our Kite testing sessions using some short kite lines. In the video, we use 8m and 10 lines.
We have just opened a new Dragonfly Kite demo center in Vietnam. Located on the
Wind conditions in Mui Ne are super consistent during the peak winter season, December to March and get somewhat lighter in the shoulder seasons. Lightwind kiters and foilers have a much longer season. Summer season has a reversal of wind direction. Water here is warm, no wetsuit is required, although wearing some sun protection while kiting is always a good idea.
SAFETY FIRST: The single most important feature for any kite bar should be the ability to STOP! Only Bars featuring instant 100% flag option, should be acceptable. Continue reading “Dragonfly Control Bar”
Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)
Uhmwpe fiber 4 line 25m kitesurfing line set end looped
The right choice of kite line is essential if you want to get the maximum performance from your kite.
Our kite Lines are made from hi-grade uhmwpe fiber using the most modern construction techniques. This is combined with a sophisticated extreme pre-stretching process to give you the best performance and lowest stretch. In addition a highly UV-resistant coating helps to reduce friction and prolong life and aids to lower water absorption. The optimized construction of our kite Lines ensures the best strength-to-weight ratio with minimum aerodynamic drag. Each kite line set is color coded for safety and ease of use.
- Color coded line for easy left/right and brake line identification
- Extra long sewn sleeved end loops for easy line attachment
- Strand: 8×1
- End looped
- Line Strength: 400kg
- Line Length(s): available in 20m and 25m
Dragonfly Kites use the Single Point Inflation System (SPI). The Struts are connected to the leading edge via hoses, so that the kite can always be rapidly inflated and deflated from one single point. Continue reading “SPI Inflation System”
Each Dragonfly kite’s turning speed can be adjusted at the wing tip. There are three different bridle attachment points on either side. Continue reading “Turning Speed Adjustment”
Kites are an investment worth protecting. If you care for them they will last longer than if you neglect them. Here are some general tips to protect your kite investment. Continue reading “Dragonfly Kite Care Tips”
Our High-Speed Inflation valve, allows faster inflation. This large diameter one-way valve reduces resistance force for easy inflation. Continue reading “High Speed Inflation Valve”
The Dragonfly “Stinger” Kite is a 3 strut Hybrid kite designed for power and speed. A great all round kite with a wide wind range and easy flying characteristics. Continue reading “Stinger Kites”