A simple and cheap tether to allow anyone to stay upwind while learning to handle the wing.
Only takes a few minutes to setup and remove without needing a new board or additional fins.
I spent hundreds of dollars on 3 piece adjustable paddles, and wasted countless hours paddling, walking, and biking back to my luanch point. I could have just used a tether, which I already had in the garage. I am certain I would have figured out the basics of wing handling on day one if I knew this simple tool to stay upwind.
Video 1 = 2:59
Video 2 = 0:18
Video 3 = 1:43
Looking back on my first handful of sessions, the hope of ripping around the bay on a wing foil seemed pretty far out of my reach. What gave me inspiration was how intuitively and quickly I learned the basics of flying a wing. Then my confidence plummeted as I tried to apply these skills in rough water. I kept going, listening to my gut as to what I needed to try next, on my 9th session I figured out what I needed and had success.
After completely flailing for 8 sessions I discovered how to wing foil with ease in sessions 9 and 10. In this first video I explain what didn't work for me and then I show and explain what did work and why it works. The second video I talk about safety and danger in offshore winds, and in the third video I explain what I did when the wind was coming from the opposite direction.
Also I added a video of my wing foil session log from my first 60 sessions, no foiling video just me showing and talking about my notes and how my first 60 sessions went.
For reference I am 6'6" tall and weigh 200 pounds, regular foot (left foot forward) is my strong or natural stance. At the bottom of this page I list my kite/wing/gear size for a given wind range. 8 videos.