Why not indeed…
One thing I’ve noticed in my 23 years of windsurfing, the design community isn’t super creative, although they really should be. It’s very rare that anything truly new comes out, mostly just everybody is copying everybody else, like television shows. Right now (2013) it’s quads, all the board manufacturers are coming out with tri-fins and quads.
So, if wingers date back to 1970 or so, why hasn’t anybody made one? I’m not talking about one of these boards with a ¼” blip in the outline, a real winger. I guess I’m the one to step up, and here’s why:
The wings will act as side fins, but only when the board is on it’s rail, when you’d need them – any time I’m planing they’ll be up out of the water, not causing any drag. The other thing they do in a turn is provide a kind of pivot point to turn around, adding a little width but without the clunky feel of a wide board, since they stop 40 cm short of the tail and have a much more pronounced “rocker line”.
They should also help get me up on a plane sooner. I’m a big guy, 6’4” and currently 210 lbs, so a wide board works to get me up on a plane, but then you’ve got to sail a clunky wide board. With my winger the board will be 3” wider when slogging, then automatically “get narrower” once I’m planing and the wings are up out of the water.