Peter_Frank wrote: ↑
Mon May 18, 2020 10:09 pm
(...) wing more fun and way more spots that can be used (...)
Wing definitely opens up some spots (or some wind directions on existing spots) that would be considered way too sketchy for kiting. (wind shadows, rocks, small entry, exit...). Note that shit winds will still make for some shit wing sessions, but not catastrophically so. And maybe it's just 10mn of shit conditions to get access to cleaner winds, then it's good.
On the other hand, there are kiting (kitefoiling), spots that wouldn't work for wings. My main home spot for instance, shallow sloped beach break, with mostly onshore winds. For kitefoiling, it can be challenging as soon as there is more than 2-3ft of swell. Getting upwind to chest deep water for starting on the foil involves extensive body dragging, punching in the waves, sometimes duck diving, while avoiding to be pushed back too much by each wave, undoing all the hard progress, and mostly avoiding slacking the lines too much. Kitefoiling still allows to start with the foil at an angle, and with good timing and some luck, allows to start before being properly at a safe place at the back. Powering the kite for body dragging also helps a lot. I can't really get my head around how I would do that on a wing foil setup. Big buoyant board would be very hard to keep sideways in shallow parts, while punching through waves, while keeping the wing away from waves and from foil. And there would be a need to have deeper water, and for a much longer time than for starting on a kitefoil. Once at the back, it'd be sweet of course.
To be honest, that'd be the same problem for windfoilers, which I have never seen there. But yeah, my point was that some spots that are fine for kiting with a foil, are not necessarily usable for winging.
Different tool, for a different kind of job