How was modern Wingsurfing born?

Have you ever wondered about the real origins of Wingfoil?

Whose idea was it to design such a hand held wing, with no lines, no mast, no connection to the board? How did this type of wing end up on a support such as a foil? Who are the pioneers of this new exploding sport? How did it reach the market and how did it become so quickly popular?

After testing the wingfoil last summer, I immediately became addicted to the sensations. I then asked myself all these questions about the origins of this new wing concept. My investigations then led me to the source, Hawaii.

Thanks to a local contact, I was able to find out a little more about the origins of the wing. I then managed to interview a former kitesurfing star, designers and a pro rider like Kai Lenny.

Two months later, my article was written. All I had to do was translate it into English and offer it to different international magazines. The most difficult was to find a magazine dedicated to wingsurfing, because all of them are specialized in windsurfing or kitesurfing. “Your article is interesting, but has no place in our magazine” they said.

It is finally the English magazine “Foiling” which contacted me to publish my article on 8 pages in their March issue.

I would like to share it with you today because the story is interesting.

Steve Palier / President of the AWR