Combining the power of wind and water, Wing Foiling gives those prone to adrenaline-driven activities an exhilarating ride as they scream across the water’s surface. “Wing foiling adds another dimension to wind sports by merging the gap between windsurfing and kitesurfing; and has made conditions that aren’t very windy with no waves insanely fun,” says legendary waterman Kai Lenny.
And that is what this is all about – fun! Fun is something the Gulf Coast could use a little more of these days.
Wing foiling takes the innovative foil board technology and combines it with the wind power from kiting. Appealing to many is the ease in rigging the lightweight setup. Gone is the need to attach lines, as is the need for specialized equipment (a windsurfing rig). With most of the technical aspects removed, the rider simply inflates a comparatively small wing to get going. The easy setup makes it possible to launch from just about any place adjacent to the water. Plus, wing foiling presents a safer and less threatening learning curve with the reduced technicality.
The safety and simplicity of wing foiling make it so appealing and awesome for people of all ages to ride in most conditions; it is also why the sport is rapidly increasing in popularity. Wings handle very gusty conditions far better than kiting and are easily depowered when conditions are too rough. If in a challenging situation, just let go of the wing to stop everything immediately. Wing foiling gives the rider opportunities to ride in a wide range of conditions and allows for far more time on the water than most water sports. The additional time spent on the water helps increase proficiency and confidence to ride in more challenging situations, including offshore wind.
Whether you just want to cruise the coast with friends and family or try radical jumps and airs, wing foiling allows you to do something new and exciting in the ocean. It gives riders a chance to be at the forefront of an emerging Gulf Coast water sport.