Wing-a-Ding: The Basics to Master On Land

Before you head out onto the water it's important you know the basics of wind sports and the best ways to handle the wing. 

Wind sports

  • A basic knowledge of how wind sports work are necessary for learning to Wing-a-Ding
  • Generally consistent 12-15knot cross-onshore winds are best to learn in.
  • When winging not on foil we will travel across and down with the wind
  • When up on foil you will be able to head more up wind but still across the wind
  • When winging not on foil you will want to look over your upwind shoulder and lean the rail of your board into the wind, this will stop you from going straight downwind

Handling the Wing

  • It’s not wind surfing the boom does not need to be held horizontally and in fact it is better off being held vertically to prevent the wing tip from dipping into the water
  • Front hand to be held up above your head and back hand to pull in towards your body
  • To pump the wing bring the top hand down and then quickly sheet the bottom hand in toward your body. This will bring your top hand back up above your head.
  • The further back your back hand is the more power you will get. Normally to get started I use the very back handle
  • Once you can do this think about using both arms to scoop the wing and capture the wind. This is what you will use to get up and onto the foil but it is important you know how to generate the power on land before going out into the water
  • To de power the wing during strong gusts just let go of the back hand while still holding onto the front hand this will allow the wing to flag out. Once the gust subsides you can then grab the back handle again

How to turn around

  • To turn around let go of the back hand and look down wind
  • The nose of your board will need to face downwind
  • Swap your back hand for your front hand swap your stance then grab the back handle with what was your front hand
  • Look over your upwind shoulder and lean your rail into the wind as well this well ensure you go across the wind rather than downwind

 How to flip the wing over

  • To flip the wing over hold onto the leading edge handle
  • Grab the leading edge with the other hand and send one wing tip skywards while the other wing tip stays low. The wind will do the rest of the work
  • If you are using a bigger wing you may not want to hold the leading edge handle, instead hold the leading edge with both hands closer to the wing tip and send one wing tip skywards while the other wing tip stays low. The wind will do the rest of the work