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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.


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 2018/2019 Season

  • Prototype development of the 6.0 wing.
  • All carbon frames. The carbon booms are a modular system. You can use one boom with all your sails. Carbon frames are stock with 5.5 Speed and 4.6 wings.
  • Kitewing 4.6 is back with an all carbon frame. The lightweight performance 4.6 is better than ever.
  • Full batten sets are available for 5.5 and 4.6 wings.
  • The Kitewing 3.0 is back. Diminutive but powerful the Kitewing 3.0 is the easiest wing to sail. A great choice for beginners and kids. It is also the fastest wing.
  • New Files page where you can access PDF files pertinent to tuning and wing set up. Files

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.