This is the third and final blog on my Wingsurfers Guide Through Progression. If you missed the two earlier blogs on getting started you can review them here. They will help to give some context on my experience during the early days (funny, just 3 months ago) and lead up to this final blog. Thanks in advance for reviewing and hopefully this will help some of you out that are learning this relatively new sport. Now well into my efforts to become better at winging I’m very happy with the progress to date. As mentioned in previous blogs, it’s a quick learn if you can keep at it. I’ve had the luxury of getting to try a good amount of the F-One Winging lineup and finding the right gear for the right conditions is helpful and makes the learning curve much quicker. With the right gear you’ll spend way more time up foiling and avoid getting exhausted trying to get up or stay up on foil. After a few months of practice, I can now competently get up on foil, stay upwind, tack, jibe, surf swell and have a great time out on the water doing it. Throughout this time, I started on larger boards, foils and wings and moved to smaller ones as my skills progressed. Here’s what I found works well for me now.
Born in Germany, Simon Joosten first caught the kite bug when he got to ride on his dad’s back at the age of 5. A talented skateboarder, he finally decided to live off his passion for kitesurfing and created his own kiteschool in Barbados. His effortless flow and style led him to place 6th at his first GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in 2019. F-One is proud to have this humble and skilled rider joining the team.
Pure product of Tasmania, Dion develops his surfing skills in a creative way.
A real passionate, he won’t shy away from a 2-feet onshore session and his surfing is fast, fun, powerful and aerial.
Probably one of the best free surfers in the world, Dion Agius is a source of inspiration.
We are extremely proud to announce that F-One has won best Kite brand and Manera 2nd best Accessory brand at the IKSURF MAG annual Reader Awards! This is amazing and and all of this would not have been possible without your support. Check all the results here. Thank you!
Matthieu Aguirre, pure product of the Basque country, is joining the Manera team. Equally at ease when surfing, foiling, standup paddleboarding, wingsurfing or bodyboarding, Matthieu is an accomplished waterman in the making! He likes to push the limits of what’s possible in order to get the adrenaline he needs for his sport.
Liam has been training like a possessed man for the KOTA (the annual big air event taking place in Cape Town, South Africa) with the new BULLIT kite, specifically designed for this kind of wind and style. Wind window period is now open is from Feb 1 to Feb 16.
He is world bodysurfing champ and the standard he has achieved in the sport needs no further proof. Fred David makes the most of his twofold ability as an athlete and a lifeguard by being Justine Dupont’s “best partner in crime”.
This week I’m sitting down with waterman, businessman and legend Raphael Salles. Raph heads up F-One, the watersports brand that makes gear for kitesurfers, surfers, paddle boarders and foilers.
We are proud to have won the best Wave Kite category of the Kite Mag’s Ultimate test ! “All that wave pedigree from the previous generation shines through into a really focused product which has telepathic bar feedback and insane performance levels.”
MANERA is proud to welcome Justine DUPONT to the MANERA Surf Team: Justine is an awesome surfer and human being in general, her philosophy and commitment really stick to MANERA values and we are super stoked to have such a character as our women athlete