Winging for 6 months now, my impressions. BTW people saying they see more wingers than kiters now; whats your spot average winds? 20 to 30+ knots or under 15 knots lol?
Winging is great for some conditions. Side-off shore, off shore variable winds, and surfing longer mellow breaks. It feels super good and safe in 30+ knots!
Setup time, exactly like kitesurfing, maybe actually takes longer due to the larger boards and foil size to carry.
Due to the larger gear it is more in line to windsurfing for spots. Im not seing wingers hiking down trails, or walk more than 10 minutes to a spot which is way easier to do and is a no issue when kitesurfing. So the "TONS of new spots open up! "talk is kind of moot. Convenient windsurfing spots do open up to the winger.
For riding, it will never replace kite foiling, nigh and day in control and speed. With kites I can ride fully powered in 10 to 15 knots with a tiny 80cm long 3cm thick board spinning, turning, jumping all around a winger all day. At those wind speeds winging is like a truck, kiting is a F1 car. When the wind picks up winging is more like a van and kiting like racing motorcycle.
Why I still love winging? The upper body workout you get is insane compared to kiting