"Winging, Wing boarding, Wing Riding, Wing Surfing, Wing-Surfer, Air Wing, Kite Wing, Slingwing, Wing Foil, Foil Wing, Wing Wing, Wind Dinging, Wing thing...
Whatever you want to call the Wing, it's the best new way to ride the wind." Dan Gavere
Intro to Wing Foiling
We will start on land to cover general sailing concepts, analyzing the conditions and choosing the proper sized gear and how to use it.
Once on the water, you will be sailing under the power of the wing going back and forth (taxi mode) while you master the basics of going from kneeling to standing, self-rescue, sailing in a straight line, turning up/down-wind, turning around and coming back (jibe).
As you progress to taking your first flights, the next steps are footwork, riding goofy/regular, finding the "sweet spot" to place the feet, and how to control the "pitch and roll" of a hydrofoil. Dan provides live coaching using a special fitted 2-way radio system, creating a roadmap to the best and quickest route to becoming a proficient wing foiler.
Strong swimming skills and a positive attitude.
Students are required to have their own wetsuit and booties.
Available daily 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM.
$300 2 hours (Weekday)
$350 2 hours Weekend/Holiday (Sat/Sun/Mon) *Applies to Hood River Only
3 Sessions Package
Booked in separate 2-hour sessions max of 2 sessions per day)
Package price participants will have first rights of refusal for available time slots if sessions get postponed or rescheduled due to wind. The unused portion of the package price will be refunded (at the prorated rate) due to wind/weather/unforeseen situations.
Intro to Wing Riding
In this initial introduction to Wing Riding, we will cover the concepts of sailing (the wind clock), dry land basics of handling the wing, wing positioning, board skills, footwork (sailing starboard and port directions), the tach, and the basics for sailing a "reach" and staying upwind. In the first lesson, we will use the appropriately sized wing (depending on wind speed) along with a special wing board that does not have a hydrofoil (wide sup board). Using the Easy and Stable SUP board will allow the student to focus on the wing handling and the best practices needed to generate speed, control the board direction, learning to gybe, and stay upwind. Once the student can proficiently display these skills we can move on to the next step where we add the hydrofoil board. During all of our wing lessons, your instructor will be within a safe distance for effective communication and safety. Once the student can proficiently display these skills we can move on to the next step in the lesson progression where we add the hydrofoil board. Intro to Wing Riding lesson (unless they are already a proficient foiler, kiteboarder, sup paddler, or windsurfer that can deep water start/remount and stay upwind).
Equipment supplied with a lesson: Helmet, pfd, board, wing, leashes.
This lesson will Wireless 2-way radio fitted helmets for continuous real-time communication.
Price: $200.00/2 Hours