The main argument made against the wing on this forum: why would you use this wing when you can just kitesurf instead? This implies wind conditions where you could do either.bragnouff wrote: ↑Tue May 28, 2019 10:05 pmI fully understand that in some cases, this might be the right tool for the job. I just have to call bullshit when someone (even someone highly respectable like Ken Winner) makes claims like that one above.
A more correct wording would be "more freedom of motion than either windsurfing or kitesurfing, in conditions you couldn't windsurf nor kitesurf"
Kitesurfing a wave down the line, on a downwind angle, you are attached to a harness attached to 21m of lines, possibly needing to sine or loop the kite to keep it in the air, and possibly straining against the harness on extreme toeside angles while carving. In contrast, with a wing, you might use it to propel into the wave, then let it luff while you surf down the line....no harness, no lines, nothing in the way, nothing to worry about other than surfing it. That seems a lot less constrained and more free.
Same for windsurfing, though way worse, with a pole attached to a track, and it's not even possible to surf the wave in your natural surfing stance.
Flat water lawn mowing ... sure, kite or windsurfer offers up lots more possibilities for speed, tricks, maneuverability, etc. But this is not more freedom of movement, it is freedom to move, as you're attached to a much more powerful wind engine than a handheld wing can possibly allow. Kinda like being towed around by a wake boat or jetski.