Winging 101

General Guidelines:

  • Do not leave your foil sitting up on the beach unattended, kites can land on them.  Pull them out of kite launching / landing zone
  • Always properly weight down or secure your wing when leaving it unattended.
  • Know right of way rules for winging, especially if you go out into the waves!
  • No Wing Foiling before 11 AM at Kanaha,  Go to Kahului Harbor
  • Check the Cruise ship and Canoe schedule via Maui Wingfoiling and Wingsurfing FB Group for updates
  • Keep 300 feet from Humpback Whales and divers
  • Ask the locals before attempting to ride at a new location for the first time, make friends, learn hazards.
  • Carefully check the weather and wind
  • Don’t wing in offshore winds unless you have done a proper risk assessment
  • Check all equipment before going further than your willing to paddle back
  • Make sure valve screws are properly tightened on wing and it is properly inflated.
  • Check your leash and verify there is no weak points.
  • Don’t ride  into surf lineups. Don’t foil near other water users or sea life.
  • Keep downwind of other ocean users (eg. surfers, kiters, windsurfers, stand up paddle boarders, spear fisherman, etc.)
  • Assist fellow riders when possible
  • Always kite with a buddy, but if you have to go alone, tell someone where you are kiting and what your plan and backup plan are
  • Never wing surf further from shore than you can swim
  • Help out other wingers in need if possible
  • Wing with respect for others and you will get respect

Rules of Riding (Right of Way):

Responsible wingers know the right of way rules, and always ride with courtesy and respect. Wingdinging rules help to avoid collisions with other water users and other kiters.

  • Always use a wing leash
  • Never ride near a non-winger unless you know them and are safe
  • Incoming Winger gives way to the Winger who is exiting
  • The winger with the right hand forward (starboard tack) has right of way
  • The upwind winger gives way to the downwind winger
  • The overtaking winger gives way to the slower winger
  • Look before you turn or jump!
  • The outgoing winger gives way to the winger on the wave
  • Avoid collisions at all costs
  • Stay clear of beginners of all ocean sports
  • Do not jump close to others or shore or dangerous areas (reef, bunker, rocks, etc)
  • Stay away from swimmers, surfers, fisherman, canoes, etc at all times!

Remember: Your conduct is representative of all wing foilers, Please always ride with respect and tolerance. Wing Surfing on the north shore is a privilege, do not take it for granted. Always follow the directives of the lifeguards, and do not push the limits.

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