joekitetime wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 15, 2022 9:13 pm
(...). When the wind is light I put up a kite. When the wind is strong I put up the wing (I'd say the line is drawn at 12-13mph winds).
When I first started winging it was a blast in in the 12mph range, but now it is just boring, compared to putting up the kite.
I get that, but it's all based on the principle that you can wing or kite on that spot, on that day. Many times when I wing, kiting is not an option. Either due to sketchy launch, extremely gusty winds, etc... Sometimes kiting could be considered but with such a large probability of things going pear shaped, that you decide against it. And I'd rather go wing foiling than not go at all...
I'm currently faced with the summer restrictions that plague the south of France, where I couldn't realistically travel with a ~100L wing board, so I packed my kiting gear, and while kitefoiling is perfectly suited to the conditions out there, if I want to ride, I have to take the car, drive a bit, find a park in a very busy place (an act of faith), setup in the small designated area, use the designated channel that takes me out to the 300m from the shore area where I can happily ride (with 50 other riders), and hope that the car and its content are still there in the end. With a wing, I'd setup across the road, grovel out of the swimmer's area, and enjoy the ride, without the police batting an eyelid. Probably it'd feel not as fast or not as nice as kiting, but without all the extra hassles removed, that fallback option would still have plenty of appeal.
Aside from that, I'm in the same frame of mind as yours that I would most likely pick the kiting option if both are equally available.