Introducing the SlingWing for Wing surfing & Wing Foiling
Sometimes being first can be messy. So we thought we would offer an authentic back story and timeline on the development of the original Slingwing which is developed explicitly for Wingsurfing, or Wing Foiling as some people like to call it.
Some crazy dude with a ton of inspiration! There is nothing new about a handheld wing designed to pull you along, or even maybe trick yourself into thinking you will be able to fly!
Tom Magruder Circa 1986. The concept, inspired by a horizontal sail called the Wind Weapon, introduced by a windsurfer decades ago in the Columbia River Gorge.
Rigid Frame KiteWing. More recently by a rigid frame-supported device called the Kitewing – both of which were inspired by hang gliding wings.
We didn’t come up with the symmetrical wing concept, but the Slingwing was a FIRST, at least as far as we are aware, in utilizing our inflatable kite technology to ensure a lightweight, safe & floatable product.
Looking back, it’s clear why the Kite Wing worked on snow and ice but the water-bound Wind Weapon never really took off. The reason: Friction (or lack of). Friction is the reason we haven’t seen handheld wings work for water sports, and the reason we kept the Slingwing tucked away in the R&D vault until only recently.
Enter the foil
1. What is it?
Benefits of the inflatable technology
- It’s lightweight
- Easy hand control
- It floats (safety)
- It offers convenient, fast set up
- It’s packable. With easy storage.
- It’s less expensive than rigid frame wings.
- Cruising at all points of sail (upwind, downwind, across the wind)
- Great for catching waves and downwind swell riding
- Easy to tack, jibing and turn
- Easy to disengage all power
- Top Speed determined by your foil and wind speeds
Tony Logosz, Slingshot co-founder, designer, and mad scientist-in-chief, first developed the Slingwing in 2011. The concept was inspired by a horizontal sail called the Wind Weapon, introduced by a windsurfer decades ago in the Columbia River Gorge, and more recently by a rigid frame-supported device called the Kitewing- both of which were inspired by hang gliding wings.
The best thing about the Slingwing is how easy it is to use. You need solid board and foil skills, but you don’t need any kite or windsurfing skills to make it work on your first session. You will need a board with enough volume to float you and enough wind to propel you forward fast enough to get moving and up on foil.
You need a foil board with enough volume for you to stand on without sinking. The Outwit foil board matched with the Hover glide FSUP package or the NEW FWING foil equipped with the Infinity 99 front wing will do the trick.
“The first time I foiled with it was in 2015,” Logosz said. “It’s an excellent tool for an introduction into wind sports because it’s lightweight, it’s inflatable which makes it easy to store and it floats. No boom, no battens. It’s straightforward to learn how to use on a floaty board, and it’s super fun. I think it will get people who don’t kite or windsurf addicted to being pulled by the wind. Kite or windsurf foilers will see it as a novelty, which has lower performance than kiting and windsurfing on a foil but it has its niche because of a different kind of freedom being a handheld wing. As mentioned, people who love to SUP Surf or Wakefoil will be able to access and harness the wind quickly and effortlessly. With big fast foil wings, it’s finally ready for the mainstream market.