Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kitewing?
Kitewing is a wing shaped kite. Many people call it “the wing” for short, just because of its shape. You can use Kitewing with your skis, snowboard, mountainboard, skates or in-line skates etc. Many say it is like a mix of kite surfing and wind surfing.
Most riders learn to cruise with the wing in half an hour. At the same time there seems to be no limit to the amazing jumps and tricks that are being developed by many keen riders around the globe at the moment: Speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mp/h) and 5 m high, 40 m long jumps on flat surface are not unusual.
We at Kitewing Sports Ltd. believe that the combination of it being easy and challenging at the same time is the reason for the rapidly growing popularity of this new action sport.
What is the difference between dacron and monofilm?
Dacron is a non-transparent material, which is easier to pack, since you can roll the sail around the rig and don’t need to remove the sail from the rig and is therefore more popular for example in rental use. Monofilm is a bit more responsive material (the sail does not stretch). The downside of monofilm is that you need to remove the sail from the rig.
What size of wing should I choose?
To ease choosing of the wing we have a Comparison Chart on the Models page, from which you can choose the wing according to your Weight, windspeed, surface and your abilities.
Why should I use Kitewing instead of other traction gear?
The Kitewing is easier to learn and handle than windsurfing or kitesurfing gear. It’s also very safe for the people around, since there are no lines. The wing is also TOTALLY depowerable, since you have direct control to the wind. Compared to windsurfing rigs a Kitewing covers easily 4 windsurfing sail sizes (which often requires two different masts). Compared to powerkites, a Kitewing covers around 2-3 kite sizes. The Kitewing does not pull you sideways such as a windsurfing sail, but gives you pull that is a bit upwards, so you never carry the sail you pull it a bit downward.
Can I use a harness?
Yes, almost all kinds of windsurfing or kitesurfing harnesses work well. We offer harness lines that are a bit longer than windsurfing lines and the v-line is something that you can’t get from windsurfing or kitesurfing companies.
Is sailing a Kitewing safe?
As with any sport, there are risks involved and precautions such as protective equipment, where you chose to go sailing and good judgement are advised. However, since Kitewing is not attached to the rider, it can simply be ‘released’ to disengage the rider. More experienced riders can also steer into or out of the wind to control their speed, but a simple rule of thumb is ‘Drop it to Stop it!’