FreeWing has a unique heritage among the wing brands on the market in that it has dual research & development locations. FreeWing is designed with R&D centres based in both Cape Town, South Africa and Bangkok, Thailand which work in parallel to develop a single line of products. That means our wide FreeWing range gets thoroughly tested and developed to perform in an extensive range of conditions – which is why they are such great all-around wings for wingfoiling & wingsurfing.
Steeped in windsurfing and kiteboarding history, the FreeWing concept dates back to before the foiling era. In fact, the earliest versions of the wings designed by Jim Drake in 1982 look remarkably similar to today’s hi-tech wings.
From concept to prototype and finally, take off – the FreeWing has a long design history with humble beginnings at Airush HQ in Muizenburg, South Africa.
See what our first wing prototype looked like back in 2013 and how far these progressive wind engineers have come over the past 8 years. Learn how the FreeWing came to life through this innovative collab as Airush’s Brand Director, Clinton Filen, and Starboard’s Chief Innovation Officer, Svein Rasmussen, take us back in time and show us the early days of wing development.