Suzie and David Wingsurf Sessions at Kanaha
How to Wing-surf tutorial – start to standing and basic turns, with Suzie Dorn
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.”
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”
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 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.
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”