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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.

New for 2019/2020 Season

  • Hybrid frames for 3.0, 4.0, 4.8 and 5.5. These frames are full carbon fiber with injected foam for flotation. All aluminum hardware replaced with Stainless Steel and Titanium. This allows the sailor to use the wing on water. All these wings have optional frame offerings to give the customer the ability to customize the wing they need for the environment they are sailing.
  • Kitewing begins to work with Kitewing Hawaii (Kitewinghawaii.com) in developing a hybrid 4.0 wing to be used on water primarily with foil boards. Foil boarders seeking performance and quality go to the 4.0. Prototypes forecasted to be ready early April 2020.
  • The 4.8 Skimbat sail will get a makeover.
  • We are dreaming up a new 7.0 wing. Prototype development includes testing improved batten tensioners.
  • Kitewing continues to improve our lightweight and stiff frame. With the use of high grade aircraft aluminum battens and titanium fasteners all manufactured from companies here in the USA.
  • Carbon frames are here to stay. Kitewing has had great success with our new frame built from 3K woven carbon. Everyone who sails a wing know that less weight is crucial to performance. Our new frame saves up to two pounds depending on the wing size. The stiffer and stronger tubes, make a significant difference in handling the wing.

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.