Maybe everyone who starts out with a Starboard Freewing AIR V2 has an end-goal in mind: getting up on a foil. I got my first wing just AFTER my 73rd birthday. I live in the high desert of Central Oregon and the snow is still lingering near the alpine lakes in July. Wind is gusty and fluky in those same lakes. So I decided to begin my winging adventures on the very forgiving Starboard 4 in 1 board. An inflatable at 10’4″ it is lightweight and a wonderful base for learning to wing.
How wonderful is it? Well. I only thought I knew until last Friday. That’s the first day of my wing journey where I had consistent strong breezes and wonderful gusts up at Elk Lake. Yes, the wind came from the east and the north, and sometimes from the south – that’s just Elk Lake. But is was steady enough that I FINALLY felt the loft and flight of my 5m wing.
I felt prepared for the conditions because I had watched Zane Schweitzer teach me the tack and jibe in the Zero to hero video lessons provided by Starboard. I saw that previously I had been holding the center strut too vertical. But at Elk Lake last Friday – I FELT the way to fly and zoom across the water.
But best of all – I felt where I should be standing on the 4 in 1 board. I was carving turns and making tacks like a rock star. Jibes were serious good fun! I am so hooked now there is no going back.
But is there “going forward” to a foil? Maybe. But not necessarily. This Freewing flyer is very -very happy on a super wing board and a quiver of great Freewing AIR V2s. Don’t judge me if I stay on the water rather than foil-flying. Just know that I feel no less the “eagle soaring.” What an amazing sport for any and all ages.
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