Airush / Shinn UK importer, Mike Birt (KTwo) got his first go on an AK Durable Supply Co foil and Starboard Air wing.
Here’s what he said:
Last Friday, having butchered a warranty SUP, I bolted AK’s surf wing to it, and headed out on a 4m Airush Air to find out what this whole wing foil thing is about. It looks tricky. I can report it’s really not. There are some fundamentals to grasp with the wing (ie getting it to fly where you want it to rather than trying to force it), but once you have that figured, the rest is very easy.
The above vid shows my first runs. I now have a hankering to go back but with a more bespoke designed board, and see what extra lightwind performance I can unlock. This was the achillies heel for me. Is it here to stay? Yes. I think it will be around long enough for the kit to develop to such a point that it becomes far more practical than people currently give it credit for. Sure the wings will get better, but I think the biggest gains will come first and foremost from the foils and the boards if I’m honest, certainly regarding practicality and ease for public use.
I think the public’s love of this sport will come more from the practicality, security that it offers over the extreme riding.
We’ll be in touch soon with news of the Airush wing’s full launch and demo program. Sizes up to 7m straight off the bat.