EDITORIAL / WELCOME

IT’S READY FOR YOU

Issue #02 of a new magazine about a fresh watersports craze would usually be filled with images of wild equipment hot-launched out of a maverick's hobby shop garage, complete with dodgy weld marks and hose pipe handles.

At least that's how it was in kitesurfing, which I remember vividly having worked on Kiteworld Magazine, since 2002.

In 2002 kitesurfing was still very whacky and, up to that point, had mostly only been the reserve of thrill seekers (and, quite often, lunatics). Unlike kiting today, there wasn't a direct route to learn the skills to feel like you were doing it even half-safely. The phrase of the day was, “You gotta pay your dues.” A lot of the time it was true.

It's still not quite two years since the first commercially available wingfoiling / wingsurfing equipment has been available. It still 'looks' whacky on the water, but the sport can already be practised relatively safely – at your own pace and with as steep a learning curve as you wish. After all, you can just let go!

As such the buzz in online discussions groups is very much about equipment that's best suited to people of different weights or sporting experiences, rather than whether new fangled safety systems work or not. Most of the bigger manufacturers producing wingsurfing gear are carrying forward lots of kitesurfing and / or windsurfing knowledge and aero- and hydrodynamic understanding.

The riders already hooked on winging are discovering how this new way of riding fits in with and compliments the other sports they already enjoy. The transference of winging in rolling sea swells, waves and into the rapid evolution of freestyle is incredible. It's all happening at such a pace!

Where we find ourselves in the wingsurfing journey already feels a lot more advanced than kitesurfing did at a similar nursery school age, and you don't need to be a hell raiser to enjoy finding your path in the sport.

So whether you've done any watersports or not, wingsurfing is ready for you!

Jim Gaunt Editor, Wing Surf World

Image: Casper Steinfath Photo: FishBowlDiaries / Naish

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EDITORIAL / WELCOME

IT'S READY FOR YOU

Issue #02 of a new magazine about a fresh watersports craze would usually be filled with images of wild equipment hot-launched out of a maverick's hobby shop garage, complete with dodgy weld marks and hose pipe handles.

At least that's how it was in kitesurfing, which I remember vividly having worked on Kiteworld Magazine, since 2002.

In 2002 kitesurfing was still very whacky and, up to that point, had mostly only been the reserve of thrill seekers (and, quite often, lunatics). Unlike kiting today, there wasn't a direct route to learn the skills to feel like you were doing it even half-safely. The phrase of the day was, “You gotta pay your dues.” A lot of the time it was true.

It's still not quite two years since the first commercially available wingfoiling / wingsurfing equipment has been available. It still 'looks' whacky on the water, but the sport can already be practised relatively safely – at your own pace and with as steep a learning curve as you wish. After all, you can just let go!

As such the buzz in online discussions groups is very much about equipment that's best suited to people of different weights or sporting experiences, rather than whether new fangled safety systems work or not. Most of the bigger manufacturers producing wingsurfing gear are carrying forward lots of kitesurfing and / or windsurfing knowledge and aero- and hydrodynamic understanding.

The riders already hooked on winging are discovering how this new way of riding fits in with and compliments the other sports they already enjoy. The transference of winging in rolling sea swells, waves and into the rapid evolution of freestyle is incredible. It's all happening at such a pace!

Where we find ourselves in the wingsurfing journey already feels a lot more advanced than kitesurfing did at a similar nursery school age, and you don't need to be a hell raiser to enjoy finding your path in the sport.

So whether you've done any watersports or not, wingsurfing is ready for you!

Jim Gaunt Editor, Wing Surf World

Image: Casper Steinfath Photo: FishBowlDiaries / Naish

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