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Wingfoiling is even more beginner friendly then kite boarding. Compared to windsurfing, the amount of gear needed is not too much and in general it can be learnt and done in a very safe way. It only takes 5-10 hrs at the most to be able to go out alone - though I believe in the buddy system - unless one is at a large venue with mass windsurfers, kiteboarders and wing-foilers on the water. One also doesn't need a vehicle capable of carrying multiple boards, mast, bases, extendable bases, booms, sails, etc. Cost wise very much cheaper then windsurfing's $25-$35 K to be well equiped vs wingfoiling's $3- 3.5K. Also of note wing-foiling is easier quicker to master in extreme high 45-50 knot winds, vs the mass time required to be capable in 45-50 knot winds windsurfing.
I once lived for "Nuke'n conditions.Wingfoilers are everywhere in the Gorge! They are finally putting windows in the wings...
I'll still wave sail, just not nearly enough, selectively and only in warm waters like Maui.
4.2 is my smallest sail for the Gorge these days... Smoke on the water - been there, done that - means stay home!
If I only sailed the Gorge, I could survive on 1 board and 2 sails... if I had to!