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:
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!