That’s funny. Actually most devotees are people who love foiling first but see or have experienced the limits of using a kite to foil. The kite lifts too much and always needs line tension to fly. But some people need the kite to help hold themselves up and are uncomfortable free foiling. (Not saying that is you).
I know a 12 year old, she got up for 20 seconds balancing on the foil - 3rd try. Had never foiled before. Had some good instruction/advice tho.madworld wrote: ↑Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:07 amWinging is the latest Hula-hoop. My turnoff is the gear is harder to transport and setup besides the weight of the foil and board carrying to the beach. I still love surf style kiteboarding, one attraction to kiteboarding was the light weight and compactness of the gear coming from a windsurfing background. Also the learning curve looks harsh, I have seen many struggle.
Have to disagree with you there. Firstly, I can kite and have for almost 6 years. Not foil kiting yet. I windsurfed before that. Probably around 50 hours wing foiling myself so far, no foiling gybes yet but I see those who "progress" faster in that invariably are using foot straps which is a bit of a cheat.OzBungy wrote: ↑Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:58 amThere's no way to predict the future or to assess what captures peoples imagination, but I would be surprised if wing foiling had a long lasting impact on kite foiling.
I have 70 hours of wing foiling and have reached a level of competence. It's fun, sort of, but the benefits are hugely exaggerated. The negatives are many and greatly downplayed. Kite foiling is almost all upside with very little downside.
Almost every wing foiling session includes moments of "I hate this fucken sport". Kite foiling is virtually pure unadulterated fun.
The simplest comparison would be driving a fat old van with an underpowered motor and no seats (wing foiling with no harness) vs driving a super hot hatchback with a fire breathing turbo and fitted racing seats (kite foiling and a carbon harness).
My feeling is the majority of wing foiling devotees are SUP and windsurf converts. People who are ignorant and/or afraid of kites.
Depends how you kite, I guess... If you just mow the lawn on a seat harness, it's pretty gentle. But if you ride faster, more committed, then the body gets its serious workout. After a big boosting kite session, there's that tummy abs crunching feeling that stays with you for a couple of days. After a good session of strapless kitesurfing, the legs and lower back will remind you of what you've done. Few tricks unhooked will exercise your upper body for sure. And a kitefoiling session pushing hard on your legs will provide more of a workout than winging. Mostly because in a given duration, you're covering a good 50% more distance than when wingfoiling.
I'm 64 and quite fit. I make about 80% of my gybes depending on the day (did a dry session the other day ). Still working on getting "aggressive" with the wave and the turns. Still strapless because I'm too slack to put straps on my board. 20 years windsurfing, 20 years kitesurfing, including about 5 years kite foiling.fluidity wrote: ↑Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:05 am...
Have to disagree with you there. Firstly, I can kite and have for almost 6 years. Not foil kiting yet. I windsurfed before that. Probably around 50 hours wing foiling myself so far, no foiling gybes yet but I see those who "progress" faster in that invariably are using foot straps which is a bit of a cheat.
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