The SlingWing Classic V1 is part windsurfing, part kiteboarding and part flying, each broken down to their most basic form. When you combine it with a foil, you get an entirely new sport that simplifies the experience and gear you need to fly across the water powered by the wind. If you’re new to windsports, the SlingWing is easier, safer and more user-friendly than any of its predecessors, and if you’re an experienced wind junkie, it’s a fun and simplistic style of riding you’ll enjoy instantly.
The SlingWing is a light weight inflatable wing that has a rigid frame when pumped up and can be packed in a small bag when deflated. No harness, control bar, lines, mast, boom or battens needed. It’s designed to be used with a foil or paddle board with enough volume for the rider to stand on and can also be used with snow sports or skating.
WHY YOU"LL LOVE THE SLINGWING
Using the wind to propel you across the water (or land) is an addicting sensation, and the SlingWing is yet another form to get your fix. You need decent board skills, but little to no sailing or kiting experience to get the hang of it right out of the gate. Its unique appeal comes from how simple it is and the freedom you feel using it. Just stand on your board, hold the wing at the proper angle and off you go. To ease power, just sheet out or let go with your back hand and the wing drifts with you like a paper airplane.
WHO IS IT FOR?
One of the greatest things about the SlingWing is how simple and safe it is to use. All you really need are moderate board/foil skills and a basic awareness of the wind. It was designed to be combined with foiling, and since the friction is so low, it takes very little arm strength to use once you’re cruising. It works the same without a foil- on a paddleboard, skis, snowboard or skateboard- but may require more strength to use for extended periods.
This is a top off valve that’s just a ball valve. I would recommend if it’s just normal conditions, you just pump it up to 15 PSI and you don’t need to top it off. But if it’s really, really, you know you’re powered up and you want the frame to be even more rigid, these tube diameters are smaller so you can top this up over time if you want more performance in higher wind, and more efficiency, making this rear tube as rigid as possible, is very effective.
This handle, right here, we have a Y-boom right here. This allows you to change your grips, to control the wing. And we also have loops right here, that they mount on the side of the strut. This is a split strut set up. Once you grab a loop, you can fly this thing, you can really control the wing and you can also grab this up here, and you can grab below the loop and just basically you’ll find out that you want to CONTROL THE ROLL. What you’ll find, if you’re hanging on the handles in the middle in a boom situation, there’s a lot of roll on these wings, and the dihedral can’t override the stability. Once you grab here, you can just lock this thing out, and it becomes really solid. And right there, that’s kind of the CG of right in that zone. You can let off and now if it’s flying, you also have the front handle grip.
Now if you’re flying down the wave, you can just basically just let it fly. When you’re going, you can sheet in with your backhand, but it’s not a windsurfing sail, so you want to keep your wingtip out of the water. A beginner thing, is you always want to like bring it too far down. And if you drag that tip, you’ll have to start the whole process, it’s going to flip the wing over. So you want to kind of keep the wing high and just a little bit of motion like this. And if you pull in with your backhand like that, there’s a lot of power, but you kind of give it a little, almost like an up and down motion.
And when you cut over, you pull in down, that’ll just keep you up on foil really quickly. Once you’re on wing, then your wing’s going to be kind of high. and now you’re just going to start riding. You can move the wing around and find the stability as far as like where you want to place it for upwind, downwind, it’s quite intuitive.
I recommend this way for most people. Run it through the loop, and then you have it thick onto the connections. Attach leash through itself to connect.
Package Includes: 4.2m SlingWing, backpack, Safety leash, Bladder Patch Kit
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