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Wind Weapon = Original KiteWing way back in 1989 ??

Ok, I wrote about the Wing Sails or Power Foils which had/have a double sided sail AND there seemed to be little or NO interest ... I guess if the current sails are working, why go to more trouble ? Weight and cost are obvious issues.

Another concept that may be coming of interest is the hydrofoil. We'll see where that goes and IF.

There is a sail called a kitewing that I wrote about in the winter section more than once. It is more rare that we hear about them on the water. However, it is NOT unheard of - as seen here...

from kitewingUSA


And so, I thought this was a fairly new concept - especially on water. And then I found this on youtube and it suggests the original ideas for the kitewing have been around for a long, long time. Tom Magruder was an avid windsurfer and his buddy, Robert Groule was a hang glider.


The main difference is that the wing machine was attached to the board. Now they are using smaller boards and NO attachment. This looks a great deal like the current "kitewing". Is there a link? Nowadays we do NOT see anyone with a kitewing and windsurf board... We also do not all have Gorge like conditions ...

Perhaps it is just history re-inventing or repeating itself ?

In the film "The Windsurfing Movie II" Kai Lenny tried the wind weapon of the 80's...
https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=450359371376
No idea how long that link will be good.

Here's another youtube with Tom Magruder:



Found a youtube video where they assemble and sail a kitewing with a board.
Even as a windsurfer, I am asking myself - would i even try that ??


Personally feel these kite wings are best suited to land and ice/snow...
There are plenty of videos on that - just search google, youtube, vimeo, etc ....

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  2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/29746473@N04/10694244486/in/photostream/
    windweapon (without additionnal mast) used as a windsurf sail

    used as a kitewing :
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/29746473@N04/10694238566/in/photostream/

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  3. never tried but i will this summer

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  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aFQVPuS9co

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