Everything you need to know about Wingboards

Wing Boarding / Wing Foiling is the hottest new wind sport. It combines a kiteboarding kite-like sail, but is handheld similar to a windsurf sail. It’s essentially a cross between a windsurfing sail and kiteboarding kite but with no rigging, hardware, and strings attached! This makes ‘winging’ a lot easier to learn but still offers riders that awesome free-flight sensation by using a handheld and lightweight wing.

If you’re just getting started and want to learn more about wingboarding then you’ve come to the right place! We’ll cover everything you need to know about the types of wingboards and what will be best suited to your requirements.


If you’re just getting started in wingboarding, then you are going to need a board that is stable and easy to learn on as the sensation of standing on the water and handing a wing can get some getting used to. Entry-level wingboards are wide and long, with a high amount of volume which makes them stable and easy to learn wing boarding. Beginner wingboards also have parallel rails to help track a straighter line while the thick, boxy rails keep your feet out of the water so they’re dry and warm.

Starboard’s Wingboard 4-in-1 and Wingboard 4-in-1 Inflatable are state of the art learning tools for wingboarding. The length provides the glide and ability to stay upwind. Footstrap inserts are placed perfectly for the first Wing classes, helping to find the right foot positioning.




Once you’ve learned how to handle the wing on the water, then the natural progression is to foiling. There is a wide range of wingboard shapes and designs on the market that are better suited to what type of wingboard foiling is required, but ultimately they all try to achieve a few key goals which should be considered before buying a wingboard; early take-off (hydrodynamic), smooth glide when flying (aerodynamic), and smooth touchdowns with easy re-launch.

Typically wing-boards for wingfoiling try to be as short as possible (while there are exceptions) to reduce swing weight in the nose and make pumping easier, thick and boxy rails increase volume into a compact size and also have additional features like inserts for footstraps that keep the rider more connected to the board when jumping and pumping.

The last and very important feature to note on a foiling wing board is the type of hydrofoil connection it uses. There are two commonly used foil mount connection types: twin track box mount and tuttle box mount. You need to make sure your board is compatible with your foil, although there are mount adaptors, these can have a negative impact on performance and ultimately your foiling experience.









Which Wing Board Is Best For You?

Wingfoiling is happening and wing board performance levels are rising.

Like every new sport, some riders get it right away, while others struggle. This is much down to choosing the right gear. At Starboard, our goal when developing our Wing board series was to make sure you will enjoy your wing session to the maximum and have the best time on the water.

First, we want entry-level paddle boarders to try this new sport and enjoy wing boarding as much as paddle boarding. So, we developed a Wingboard 4-in-1. This is a multi-purpose board designed for paddle boarding, windsurfing, wing boarding and wing paddling. It has high stability, great glide and speed. With the built-in footstrap inserts, you can easily find the right foot positioning for your fist Wing board sessions.

Once wing boarders progress, riders will move their focus onto wing foiling ~ this is the new exciting developing that has taken the world of wind and water sports by storm. The Starboard Wingboard Foil offers easy take-off, superb balance while riding and easy touch down with fast relaunch. Every feature of the board is optimally designed for you to have the best session out on the water. For example, our Olympic cutaway tail design makes for a fast relaunch, the recessed deck lower the center of gravity thus, makes the foilers feel more stable and we also make sure that the water flushes out quickly with the drainage system.

Now, with the right boards under your feet and the right wing in your hands, basic techniques are also important for a great wing boarding session. Check out our Zero to Hero comprehensive Wing foiling tutorials to learn basic techniques from world champion, Zane Schweitzer.

We are looking forward to taking this new sport to the next level.


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