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Welcome to Kitewing – Hand Held Wings

Welcome to the Kitewing website.

The Kitewing is a hand held wingsail designed for sailing on low friction surfaces. Sail over ice and snow with skates and skis, pavement with skateboards or rollerblades, mountainboards on beach or desert – it is all Kitewing terrain.

Portability

The Kitewing folds and travels easily in a lightweight ski bag. Bring the wing on ski trips to expand your options. With a wing, a wind blown lake or field becomes a playground. The Kitewing can be set up or stowed in minutes. The SK8 skate sail stows within a 42 inch bag which can be slung over the shoulder or stowed in a day pack.

Safe & Maneuverable

“No strings attached” means that a Kitewing can sail in small places. The wing is not a kite. The wing is held in your hands. You can let go of it instantly.  The Kitewing opens up new possibilities of fun, travel and adventure to you and your family.

Be sure to check out our new “American Skimbat” informative newsletter. Keeping our Kitewing community updated in the world of wing sailing.

American Skimbat Dec 2020

New for 20/21

Carbon frames:

We continue to innovate and upgrade all the frames. Offering full carbon options for every model.

New hybrid carbon frames for water.

Kitewing designs a new tapered carbon front tube to be introduced with new skate sail.

Batten Tensioners :

Ole at Kitewing Hawaii designs a tensioner capable of multi part purchase with jam cleat.

New 4.0:

4.0 Falcon is retired and replaced with 4.0 that includes options and upgrades. Options include 3 frame styles. Standard fiberglass/aluminum, Full carbon or Hybrid water frame. Upgrades include broad seam shape for a full wing with more power on the water. Extra grommets for a laced reflex.

Skate Sail:

Design and testing has begun on the new skate sail dubbed SSK8 or Super Skate and maybe even Skimbat! The 3 square meter wing is very light and packs up similar to the SK8 for easy travel. keep an eye out for this little gem soon!

For more detailed info on all new for 20/21, go to our resources/files section where a full pdf can be downloaded.

Carbon Frames

All carbon frames… Carbon frames are stock with the 4.6 and 6.0 wings. The 5.5 Speed comes stock with carbon front tubes. Carbon frames may also be purchased to upgrade any wing. Call Charlie or Steve to negotiate details.

More about carbon frames: Carbon is light weight and stiff. However it is not as durable as aluminum. A stiffer carbon front tube deflects less under wing loads. A lighter carbon frame allows the wing to fly its own weight in less velocity. Stiffer and lighter wings a are a significant performance upgrade.

There is a compromise: carbon is not as durable as aluminum. Pavement sailors should stick to aluminum cross tubes and boom/Y tube set ups. The carbon tubes abrade very easily if they are mishandled on pavement.

Light weight carbon X tubes are a significant weight saving. However, folks who want to jump or fly off the surface with a wing should use a re enforced X tube.