According to your level you will need additional equipment.
Indeed, if you practice a lot, you will need to replace some parts, and optimize your quiver with useful accessories.
A leash must be changed at least every year. And at the first sign of weakness. Pay particular attention to the first signs of cuts in the cord. Check its condition before each session and change it every year. This is your life jacket.
Don’t let your wing flap in the wind at the end of the leash, it is not unbreakable! Same in waves, do not hold your wing by the leash, it will explode, or you will get hurt.
To attach yourself to your wing, take a 5′ to 6′ leash in light wind and a 10′ leash in strong wind. Preferably a coiled model dedicated to the wing.
To connect to your board, a straight leash the length of the board will be perfect. 7mm diameter for maximum strength, or less if you don’t go in the waves. It exists in coiled version, but it often ends up making unpleasant balls.
Wings need little pressure (10PSI) compared to an inflatable board for example (15PSI). So, all pumps work, whether they are for kite or SUP, but only if you have the right tips and/or adaptors.
The choice of a boardbag has three levels:
1/ Everyday boardbags: against scratches and small shocks of everyday life, we consider that these boardbags are rather intended to avoid putting sand in the car than to protect the board. These are the socks and the thin boardbags.
2/ Luxe boardbags: this is serious business. We have about a centimeter of foam everywhere, handles for safe and easy handling, and reinforcements all around the board. It’s a bit heavier but your board is really protected, and the car too 😉
3/ Travel boardbags: Here too, it’s serious, a good centimeter of protection, reinforcements and handles everywhere. The difference with the Luxes is rather in the volume through the thickness. The goal is to put everything in a bag. You can also have wheels for trips around the airport, but it’s heavier.
The accessories also deserve their covers, and this is especially true for the foils and fins, because at the slightest hitch their performance decreases. So, protect them.
Harness or harnessless?
Riding without a harness is sexy because it makes you feel free. You can move in all directions, it’s really pleasant. On the other hand, you don’t want to put too big of a size to avoid having your arms extended. This means that you have to pump often to take off.
The Wing Plus is the softest, and therefore the easiest without a harness.
The Wing Pulse is the most nervous, and therefore not the easiest without a harness.
The Wing Superpower is the most powerful, and therefore not the easiest without a harness.
On the other hand, if you like to ride overpowered, the use of a harness is almost mandatory if you don’t want to do have only an hour session. In this case, the pose of harness lines is super simple, (see our tutorials on the forum) going from the handle behind your front hand to the next one. We suggest you use a harness that is as light and as stiff as possible, because during maneuvers it may hit your face. It is painful in the eyes for example. The ropes are the equivalent of 24 to 28cm in windsurfing.
We recommend a light and very flexible harness because the great pleasure of Wing is to feel free and light. Don’t take a seating harness because your wing must be high enough to pull correctly. Too low it will be downwind of your board and will pull less. The use of a windsurf type hook is preferable to be able to unhook easily and avoid crashing into the wing.
Then it is up to you to see if the feeling is more important than the performance.
Strap or strapless?
Riding strapless is sexy because it makes you feel free. But quite honestly, we have performances that are to be very basic.
Then it’s up to you to see if the feeling takes over the performance. On a Lemon, for example, you’re clearly going to miss 90% of its potential without a strap.
With straps you’ll have much more control and much less risk of getting the foil flipping under your feet. In the waves it’s obvious, you gain a lot with straps. You avoid crazy situations just by pulling on your feet.
In a strap, your foot should never be too tight or too loose.
People who ride strapless often do it because they are scared of getting hurt with straps. But the reality of the practice shows that strapped riding is much less dangerous.
On the sole condition of properly adjusting your straps:
- Too tight: your toes are in but not in control.
- Too open: your foot goes in too deep and risks getting stuck.
- The right adjustment: the strap is on the beginning of the kick, and the base of the big toe is barely visible vertically.
Put your straps in a central position (3rd hole) for the front straps, and the same goes for the back strap if you still ride in the straps.
If you want to be able to take the back foot out for transitions and surfing, place the back strap in the first hole.
There are several types of footstraps including:
- The light ones are adjustable by changing the screw positions. Often the coverage of the foot is extended because they come from the kite world.
- The classic ones adjustable by scratch with a normal foot cover.
- The luxes that are thicker and more comfortable.
You will find in this category all the spare parts you need for the maintenance of your equipment: board, foil, wing.
It is fundamental to take care of your equipment to make it last and minimize as much as possible its impact on the environment.