Ultimate Winging Guide:
Winging Flying what is it?
It has been recently the New Thing and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. Winging is such a fun sport less bulky and quite easy to set up. Winging is the combination of kiteboarding, windsurfing and foiling all at the same time. Yet you don’t need to be a windsurfer or a kiter to begin with, though you must have control of some type of board at least to start.
Learn Wing Foiling: Cabarete Bay would be the Ideal place to learn wing Foiling since wind can be slightly controlled by the location you decide to go, there is also a lot of room for mistakes and the wide area to learn, does not have any shallow reef. It is also a less crowded area and you will be able to engage with those people who are also wing foiling already, it is always good to make a new friend by just waving or smiling at them when cruising by!
Introduction to the wing: Wing foiling was a sport created by kitesurfers through the combination of the windsurfing skill and foiling, not much kiting experience is required or probably none for you to learn.
1st: The main point to learn this sport is to have at-least some knowledge about the wind, water or board, though it is not an X factor for you to learn.
You will start by learning how to fly the wing, for some can be tricky and quite confusing, at least for me at first it didn’t make any sense though I got the hang of it on land.
It’s just like a car. You can even put it literally on NEUTRO and not move at all and just hold the wing by itself.
The wing is designed with 3 handles for you to grab that will allow you to move it around and use its different handles to generate more speed. Maybe while reading this it won’t make any sense.
2nd:Once you learn how to dominate the wing on land your next step is jumping on a SUP (without a foil) if you haven’t foiled before.
This will allow you to get a feel of the wing on how to maneuver it in the water to generate speed and turn back.
Then here comes the tricky part going on what you see on social media: a small foil jumping and cruising through the waves.
Reality check: If you haven’t had any board experience or foil experience this will be a tough and long transition for you to master a small foil. That’s why we then jump on a SUP foil and see how you can manage yourself while receiving more lift.
TIP: The smaller the mast the less lift you will have.
Where to get Wing Foiling Gear: Little did you know we work directly with F- One and so far from other people’s perspective F-One is making one of the highest quality gear for winging and foiling since the sport just got started. We mostly work on PRE ORDERS though we also may have some equipment at the Liquid Blue Concept Store
Funny to say be ready to workout when learning Wing Foiling, people make it look way easier than what it actually is, though be prepared.
Working on wing foiling is quite an exercise you will be working out your mind as much as your entire
How to choose the right wing: Choosing the right wing is just as choosing a kite. It will always depend on how strong the wind is, yes, there are different types of wings for different styles of riding.
Sizes and Wind Range
- 2.8m – 29 > + kts
- 3.5m – 20 > 38 kts
- 4.2m – 14 > 32 kts
- 5.0m – 12 > 28 kts
- 6.0m – 10 > 22 kts
According to the power of the wind these are the recommended sizes for the STRIKE WING from F-ONE. If you want to learn more about this wing, check out this article!
We use F-One Wings as it is the leading brand in the market dominating the Winging world with its amazing performance.
If we say this you might not believe us but what if you see Kai Lenny Wing Surfing with an F-One Wing at JAWS.
Winfoiling a sport everyone would love to do though the process can be quite tricky.
You already are a wing foil master now you’re wondering where to go.
Getting Wing Gear in Cabarete:
There are just a few stores in Cabarete that currently hold wing/foil gear. The main shops would be Kite Club, Liquid Blue Concept Store and Vela Cabarete.
You can get in contact with us for Pre-Order any type of F-One Wing Gear that we may have available for pre-order. We have been working over 10 years with F-One and their attention to detail on making a great product is one of the main reasons we can’t stop talking about it.
This ultimate Winging guide will show you where to go once you dominate this awesome Water Sport discipline.
Cabarete Bay: Cabarete bay is one of the most common places you will see people winging and the best place to learn since you have a wider beach, lighter wind for those who are not used to the pull of the wing and more margin of error that wouldn’t put you in any sort of danger.
Just like Cabarete a great place to Wing though, most be careful with the reef as some places are shallower and it is more crowded than Cabarete beach. Most people that go winging here just use it as a training area though hard to see foilers out back.
Encuentro beach/Outers: During late afternoons and higher tides Playa Encuentro can be a great place to do some wing foil surf + Wing foil with straps and attempt jumping with straps attached to your feet.
Jumping on a foiling is not as easy as they make it look on videos so make sure you have 100% control of the foil board before even trying to do such a thing!
Lots of people go there to wing/kitesurf if there is some swell. Also a great spot to end a downwinder. If you want to know more about downwinders send us a message!
Paradise Island: As the name says it Paradise Island could be an interesting place to do some wingfoiling. We haven’t heard of anyone doing the sport there yet, though for sure it is possible to do so. Located after Puerto Plata around 2 hours away from the main center of Cabarete.
Las Terrenas: Las Terrenas just like our Kiteboarding/Foiling Guides you can do all disciplines of foiling. Wing is strong enough, some places with waves reefs and overall a beautiful place to do the sport.
Tips for Winging trips:
1: Make sure you have more than one wing when going on a trip, wind conditions may vary and you might want to change equipment as wind keeps getting stronger. Wings dont have a de-power system which means you are always on a full throttle.
2. Wear a helmet: Unlike Kiteboarding you can detach yourself from the board quite easily and get away from the sharp foil in any second. With the wing once you fall down most likely you will be quite close to your board. Impact vest can also be something you may consider. Don’t buy a helmet or impact vest after getting injured, be precautious.
3. Before going in the water make sure it is deep enough for you to foil/wing, you will not want to damage your foil.
4. If you’re learning practice will make it perfect, do not give up no matter how many times you fall down.
5. Have fun! 😉
Down below there is a series of videos regarding Winging information that you may find quite valuable for those who are just entering this world of winging or have it in mind!
Lets get you started!
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