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Would you try a Kitewing?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2003 6:41 pm 
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Hello,

I am wondering if there are any of you about that have experience with the "Skimbat or Kitewing?"

As a wind enthusiast and foil pilot, I have longed for a ride on one of these.

As a former hang glider pilot, I must be an idiot (just kidding.)

Anyway, it looks like a really good thing, not to say that kiting isn't a good thing but my mind is always open to such activities and I would like to hear from a few of you who are cross over enthusiasts.

adam trahan
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A fun initiative - but hardly new...

I remember we were windsurfing with the "Skimbat" back in 1987 (here a pic from a German magazine - as I don't have any photos here from our Skimbat):

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I feel there is no comparison to kitesurfing/kiteskiing at all though - which are more extreme and has a higher potential for most people.
Or go windsurfing if you are after waveriding and powerjibes.


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Yes, the "Wind Weapon" from a popular designer of LEI's, can't think of his name, maybe Ken Winner? On any account, the sail rotates, becoming a "wing" on a "mast" but as you know, the Kitewing is hand held ala "hand glider"

So funny, I remember many people saying to me in my hang gliding years, "how do you hang on so long?" oblivious to the harness. Now we are back to "hanging" with the Kitewing.

This is not a negative issue, nary one of the past, but one of the future.

It's like the paraglider guys as the first foil kite surfers, the Wind Weapon is like this to the Kitewing.

Cross over, it's all good, blending, moving forward.

Man the future looks bright.

Thanks for the post misuer Peter Frank!

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Thanks - and it is always good to see crossover activities like this one :D


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I have a Skimbat, and use it with skates or skis on ice. Kites are much more fun on snow. However, the Skimbat can work in areas with powerlines, occaisional trees and other obstacles. It is also fiine in higher wind than I would want to kite in. It is not designed for water, and would be lame. Some of the european crowd wre getting long jumps on these. Kites are much more appropriate. Kites are the ultimate for snow.


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Cool, so there are others of you who like this. I just hope there are few of you who feel that I am polluting your forum with my open attitude. I am a foil kiter but I do enjoy other disciplines...

From my own web site, http://www.foilpilot.com

I realize that the Skimbat/Kitewing is not a "kite" nor is it a "foil" so to speak. But that is no reason to ignore it. As a foilpilot, I find it as a valid wind weapon. It is not like a windsurfer, it is a hand held "wing" capable of gliding flight as well as vehicle propulsion.

I have an open mind and I am there.

Below are some appropriate links for those of you who are further interested. It's a cool design, cross over no doubt...

Link to an article of Kitewing vs. Foils

The above article is a good foils vs. Kitewing comparison written by Jorgen Klaveness and addresses the points that you have made. It's quite enlightening and an honest look into the comparison.

Apples and Oranges, yes, I like them both.

More links to information.

Link to Kitewing web site
Link to Firebird Kitewing web site
Link to Windsports web site
Link to American Windsurfer web site on the Kitewing

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