Flying a kite is basically remote piloting an sailplane that you happen to be attached to.
Did your wife run off with a kitefoiler?longwhitecloud wrote: ↑Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:04 ami think it will expose kiting to those where it is their first wind sport. My niece can now wingfoil - up 3rd try!... 12 years old. So more likely to try kiting in the future.
I also think that it will remove most of the kite foil scene (it already has in the southern hemisphere - in one season!) leaving kiting to focus on its grass roots. I think foiling is disproportionally focused on here, by the con job that was olympic kiting and by some of the kite media / brands.
There is clearly a new generation of kiters right now which is awesome because there was a long period without much of a new generation. They are not interested in kite hydrofoiling (never were - 99% of non sponsored kite hydrofoil riders are over 50, male and mow the lawn - now moving to wingfoils) as it adds even more expense to an already expensive sport, and its coolness factor to them is all but non existent.
I think wingfoiling will kill off kite foil racing olympic hope too. There simply is barely a scene in many countries, national female competitors often don't even have another female competitor to compete against.. never seen such a massive con job. Even some of the sponsored kite racers are moving to wing foiling.
You already have the GKA - so called representative and promoter of kiting, pumping cash into their newly formed GWA (Global Wingsport Association) now officially making it the worst organisation a sport has ever had to deal with... all about the quick $$ and selling overpriced equipment to middle aged doctors that can barely use the upsold features they are sold on.
An inflatable wing has to be the cheapest way to experience the wind - that will get more people involved - even without a foil.
The future of kiteboarding is good - there is a shift back to grassroots - freestyle and waveriding, more connection to the water (no hydrofoils), and flying through the air at speed! These features are what self promotes the sport and gets new generations excited. Progression is happening, the industry kooks are busy sniffing the wingsurf $$ and we can get on with what we love building kiting in a more organic way without them.
I think at the freeriding level wingfoiling has a lot to offer, but as far as freestyle is concerned, it in interesting to watch the progression - flips and spins.. but style wise is is fug as.... I dont think that will change. Also someone is going to get chopped really really badly as some stage - it is inevitable...
Show me on the doll where the kitefoiler touched you
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