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Kitesurfing vs wingfoil – what to choose?

Kitesurfing is a water sport for which we need a kite, bar, harness and board. The power source there is the wind, which, filling the kite, generates power that pulls the kitesurfer across the water. Wingfoil, on the other hand, is a sport that has only been gaining popularity for a few years. To practice this discipline, we need the wing which is about four to seven square meters big (we choose the appropriate size, as in kitesurfing and windsurfing, depending on the strength of the wind) and a foil board.

This sport combines aspects from windsurfing and kitesurfing. Before the session, we pump the wing – just like a kite, but there are no lines and a bar here, we only hold it with our own hands, and we are attached to it only with a leash. And using the wing is similar to using a windsurfing sail.

An interesting fact is that (contrary to popular opinion) wingoil is not such a new sport and it was created in the 1980s, but the lack of appropriate technologies limited the development of this sport. It was only when materials that were sufficiently strong and light were developed that allowed wingfoil to become as popular as kitesurfing and windsurfing. Today we can see more and more wings between sails and kites, and schools specializing in this sport have already been opened on many spots. Many people think that it is the easiest of all water sports, but it is a very individual thing.

Another interesting fact is that the wings can be used not only with a foil board, we can use its power while standing on a windsurfing board, SUP (stand up paddle) and even on a skateboard.

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