Floating high above the water, making effortlessly long glides propelled by the power of a small wind swell with complete freedom of movement: these are just a few of the reasons you’ll love downwinding with a wing! Slingshot gear tester, pro kiter and wingsurfer, Brandon Scheid, is here to develop your desire to downwind!
One of the biggest advantages that winging has over windsurfing and kitesurfing is the freedom to surf/ride rolling swell without restriction on your movement. The absolute best way to experience this for yourself is to take your wing on a downwinder. While negotiating the journey you’ll have ample space to work on tacks, gybes, turns, pumps and foil freeflying. You can also reduce the arm burn of trying to stay upwind.
Learning to ride the foil in swell while using the wing in neutral/freefly (holding nose handle) is key to making the most of the sport of winging. So, let’s go over some tips and tricks to help you become a downwind wing master.