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Johnny Heineken Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Postby Dave_5280 » Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:58 pm


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Re: Johnny Heineken Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Postby StellaBlu » Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:08 pm

Ripping! So cool to watch.

Is that an Ozone board, or just a custom with an Ozone decal? Also looks like a super clean wing harness.

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Re: Johnny Heineken Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Postby sflinux » Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:11 pm

Thanks for sharing.
Johnny is a natural on a foil. I believe this was shot (2013) around a month after Johnny started foiling:

I believe he is sponsored by Ozone. I like his minimalist harness.

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Re: Johnny Heineken Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Postby jumptheshark » Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:15 pm

That would have been a period of revelation for him coming from race boards.

Looking at the wing clip, it’s certainly starting to look like a great fun option. Am pushing some old windsurfing buddies hard to take it up.

Think they will race them? Well of course they will, but will it catch on? If so, why???

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Re: Johnny Heineken Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Postby Flyboy » Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:12 pm

All foiling looks kinda goofy ... & wing foiling looks the goofiest. However, seeing someone really skilled reveals the unique potential of a wing: the ability to feather the the power input on whatever point of sail. Pretty impressive. This is aside from the advantages of easy access to the water & the ability to launch in gusty & unstable shoreline winds.

I predict the shark will bite by the end of the year ...

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Re: Johnny Heineken Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Postby jumptheshark » Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:37 pm

You talkin te me?

No bra,

I don’t think you have read many of my posts.

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Re: Johnny Heineken Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Postby Dontsink » Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:26 am

Flyboy wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:12 pm
All foiling looks kinda goofy ... & wing foiling looks the goofiest. However, seeing someone really skilled reveals the unique potential of a wing: the ability to feather the the power input on whatever point of sail. Pretty impressive. This is aside from the advantages of easy access to the water & the ability to launch in gusty & unstable shoreline winds.

I predict the shark will bite by the end of the year ...
I agree ,winging feels way better than it looks :)

The low speed,the uprightish stance...Johnny H is carving with about triple the lean angles of anybody else and it still looks kinda gentle and non dramatic.

But TT kiters plowing through chop and then "jumping" (as in hanging from a trapeze and pulling weird body contortions) don't look so hot either.

Windsurfing (imho) has the best aesthethics,when they finally manage to get powered of course (Force 12 Beaufort :) ? )
And the first half of a lay down jibe is the most beautiful transition ever, but even top guys look so-so in the second half.

Horses for courses,just go play with whatever.
I did some windsurfing years,tried kiting for 3 days but did not bite and now the wingything keeps me busy and happy.

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Re: Johnny Heineken Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Postby Dave K » Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:01 am

JH also shows that flat water winging can be every bit as smooth, cool and challenging as winging in waves and downwinder bumps. In fact I’d argue that there are so few really decent wave locations and conditions that most of us are limited to glorified flat water riding. Might as well strive to make the best of it..........

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Re: Johnny Heineken Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Postby ronnie » Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:29 am

Dontsink wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:26 am
Flyboy wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:12 pm
All foiling looks kinda goofy ... & wing foiling looks the goofiest. However, seeing someone really skilled reveals the unique potential of a wing: the ability to feather the the power input on whatever point of sail. Pretty impressive. This is aside from the advantages of easy access to the water & the ability to launch in gusty & unstable shoreline winds.

I predict the shark will bite by the end of the year ...
I agree ,winging feels way better than it looks :)

The low speed,the uprightish stance...Johnny H is carving with about triple the lean angles of anybody else and it still looks kinda gentle and non dramatic.

But TT kiters plowing through chop and then "jumping" (as in hanging from a trapeze and pulling weird body contortions) don't look so hot either.

Windsurfing (imho) has the best aesthethics,when they finally manage to get powered of course (Force 12 Beaufort :) ? )
And the first half of a lay down jibe is the most beautiful transition ever, but even top guys look so-so in the second half.

Horses for courses,just go play with whatever.
I did some windsurfing years,tried kiting for 3 days but did not bite and now the wingything keeps me busy and happy.
It seems the more skilled people get at foiling, the better it looks - it just seems to look better, the more it flows.
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Re: Johnny Heineken Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Postby longwhitecloud » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:49 am

Soooo much better suited to racing than kites, no wonder you see most of the foil kite racers on wings on Insta these days more than kites.


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