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The Naish Wing Surfer / What are your thoughts?

Fad, failure or just fantastic? What do you think about the new Naish Wing Surfer? It only seems last month that Naish had the first push and release of the SUP foil with the Naish Malolo 10'4" Foil board. The SUPboarder team have enjoyed their experience learning to SUP foil and have had some good laughs along the way! (check out Will's first foiling video if you haven't already!) A few years on and foiling is a healthy and steadily growing side to our sport with Naish very much being part of it. Was the Naish Wing all part of Naish's big plan? It really seems to be the perfect partner.

Well the Naish Wing Surfer definitely looks like it will offer something for everyone. And it could be a fantastic way to get into the world of wind sport using your existing SUP board. At $750 its not the cheapest of toys to add to the quiver but it really does open up a whole new world of opportunities.

As Ian one of our SUPboarder Pro members said:

“I haven't got into SUP surf foiling as again the kit seems excessive and the beaches I visit I'm not sure it would be worth it. However up-winding on a SUP with a wing and then charging downwind with my 12'6 race sup armed with a 4m wing - happy days:)”

In time it will become clearer exactly what’s possible with the Wing Surfer, for everyone including the beginner cruising in light winds with their 10’6″ SUP to the more advanced rider wanting to get out on the foil.

Naish the brand is founded by the worlds most well known windsurfer and waterman Robby Naish. We do get the feeling that the Wing Surfer is very close to Robby heart. Check out this video below where Robby answers some of the most asked questions about the Wing Surfer.

Naish say :

The Wing-Surfer is the ultimate handheld inflatable boardriding wing. It’s a cross between a windsurfing sail and kiteboarding kite but with no rigging, no hardware and no strings attached! It is made with the same industry leading and high quality materials and construction as Naish kiteboarding kites, utilizing Quad-Tex canopy material and top-of-the-line Teijin dacron leading edge and strut for lightweight, yet long lasting performance.

Our goal with the Wing-Surfer was to pinpoint where performance meets simplicity. The Naish One Point Inflation System allows for quick inflation while integrated ergonomic handles along the center strut provides comfortable and easy handling. At 4 m2 the Wing-Surfer is just the right size to do it all – providing enough power and speed for light wind cruising on a stand up paddleboard or enough power and lift for a foil board to get up and glide in as little as 12 knots of wind. The dihedral swept wing design is perfectly balanced, lightweight, extremely stable and easy to handle. Integrated velcro straps on the handles allow for quick attachment of your SUP paddle for added mobility in case the wind dies. The Wing-Surfer deflates in seconds and packs up into the provided backpack for incredibly easy transport and travel.

Who is it for?
Board riders of all kinds looking for a new wind powered thrill.

What’s it do?
By harnessing the wind the Wing-Surfer lets you transform your stand up paddleboard or SUP foil board into a whole new riding experience.

Why is it unique?
It’s a unique cross between kitesurfing, windsurfing and foilsurfing with the added element to be used on any stand up paddleboard as well.

Well there’s no doubt the Wing Surfer looks like a lot of fun. And it’s going to get a lot more surfers and people into the sport of SUP because SUP boards are perfect for it. It’s definitely going to get you on the water more and spending less time looking at the weather chart for those perfect flat water paddling days. I guess the only problem now is, if you have a SUP, foil and a wing that pretty much means you could spend every day on the water… sorted! But when does that leave the time off the water to do the house jobs you’ve been putting off! I know what I’d rather be doing!

There are other Wings available from other brands and we are sure that more will follow suit, but Naish like always have hit the ground running with the launch of their Naish Wing Surfer. But as always we'd love to know what your thoughts are. Would you like to try the Wing Surfer? Would you like to see the Naish Wing Surfer in a SUPboarder review? Please let us know. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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seanross
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seanross

Looks about perfect for me the intermediate beach-break sup surfer. Easy to transport and blow-up and looks like a load of fun on the crap days. The only thing that scares me a bit is it flying loose or deflating when I’m far out to sea, and not having a paddle to paddle back with. Of course it could be cheaper, and I will have a lot of trouble justifying it, but I have my eye on it…

Peter
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Peter

You can attach a paddle to the wing. Depending on your kit, on you board or on your back (travel paddle).

Will Rogers

Hi Peter, yes, the paddle attachments are a good idea, we think that it opens up a lot of breadth for using a wind with SUP touring and downwinders!

Simon Jones
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Simon Jones

I noticed the Duotone version has a sort of boom. Thought a nice design would be an all soft wing that attaches to paddle. Paddle becomes boom and handle adjustment would give tensions adjustment. Paddle up wind then kite out to head back.

Will Rogers

Yes, we agree, theres certainly lots of potential for some innovative designs using existing paddles! Were looking forward to bringing you some reviews of these Wind style products.

Simon Jones
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Simon Jones

Looks like fun. Interesting to see how it works for a beginner on a larger iSUP rather than just the top guys and girls. But beyond that it looks expensive. Sub £400 might be more realistic. In a small bag with small pump so you could paddle up wind and wing back.

Susanna
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Susanna

Is there a way to use the wing to get back to your board, should you become detached from it?
$$$

Will Rogers

Thats a very good point Susanna – We will look to review one and feedback on this!

Patrick Bacalis
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Patrick Bacalis

I would imagine leashes on both board and wing would be standard?

ICSurf
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ICSurf

I had a demo on the Duotone 4m foil wing yesterday. We used my friend’s Whopper and took the wing out in choppy onshore 15 knots. I had a blast, loved it and have placed a pre-order. I’m not a kite surfer, wind surfer and I don’t foil. I was with a friend who is a good wind surfer (non-foiler) and his wind knowledge meant he picked it up quicker than me but I still managed to go UPWIND! For me I will practice with a normal Sup for a month or 2 and then learn to foil sup it… Read more »

Paul Matthews
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Paul Matthews

There is a pre order locally deposit $400 they reckon rrp is Aus $1249.
Total rip off US$750 no matter what exchange rate you use is not $1249.
This is serious price gouging. Kinda over it. Love the idea though.
Personally I think it needs to be under $1k locally if they want my money.

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