THIS 19-YEAR-OLD FROM MAUI IS ALREADY BEING CITED AS INSPIRATION FOR MANY UP AND COMING RIDERS THANKS TO HIS INNOVATIVE AERIAL STYLE
JEFFREY SPENCER AGE: 19 LIVES: Maui, Hawaii SPONSORS: Slingshot and KT boards
How did you get into wingsurfing? I started wingsurfing on an old Slingshot Slingwing prototype made by Tony Logozs in March 2019 before it was really considered a sport. The wing was really small which made learning difficult, but after a few downwind runs I was able to stay upwind. It’s unbelievable how much the sport has progressed in a little over a year. My family have been very supportive and they think wingsurfing is great.
Is it similar to any other sports experiences you’ve had? It’s similar windsurfing but the biggest difference is that the sail is not connected to the board. Also foiling in general is different from anything else I have tried. Can you remember when exactly you first thought, ‘This is brilliant!’? What was it that hooked you? Jumping with the wing for the first time was a crazy feeling. It added another level of excitement with a unique way to fly through the air!
Raley - a la wingsurfer!
How did your involvement with Slingshot come about? I started working with them to develop foils for surf foiling and downwinding as I do SUP foil competitions. Now we are working on the Slingwing and other foils for wingsurfing, which has been fun! Can you tell me a bit about your brother? He’s also making a name for himself very quickly. Finn is 16 and excellent at all kinds of foiling. We started winging at the same time and we definitely push each other to improve in all of the sports we do.
Who do usually ride with? One of the best parts of winging is that there are so many people getting into it! It feels like every time I go I see more wings than the last session. I frequently ride with Annie Reickert, Kane DeWilde, Ryan Funk, and Ridge Lenny. What’s your favourite move and why? My favorite move is backwinding the wing. It is fun to start a turn and just keep carving into a 360 or you could carve halfway and then jump out of it with a 180.
Balz Müller and his wing spins!
Jeffrey backwinding his wing
What trick are you currently working on and what's most difficult about it? I am currently working on different kinds of jumping spins with the wing. The hardest part is getting back up on the foil after you land on the water. Who do you look up to in watersports and why? I look up to Radiculo (Balz Müller). He is an amazing windsurfer and does tricks that most people couldn’t even imagine. He has been wingsurfing as well and the moves he thinks of are insane!
Where do you see wingsurfing going in the next couple of years? I see wingsurfing growing rapidly in the next few years. It is less complicated than windsurfing or kiting, especially without a foil, which makes it accessible to people who have not tried a wind sport before. Tell us about the equipment you usually use, the sizes and the conditions / wind speeds you usually ride in. I ride a 4’6’’ KT board and a four metre Slingwing most of the time. The wind is usually blowing around 25mph but it can get up to 35mph+, which makes it far more hectic but also good for jumping. It is fun to ride in the waves whenever there is a swell.