The F-One Swing handheld kite
Who Is It For?
Surf foilers, SUP foilers , kite foilers and Windfoilers are going to love the SWING, the possibilities are endless, and this new sport is only just beginning. By using the power of the wing combined with a foil, you can start planing with just 15 knots as well as going upwind. Then, you can de-power the wing, and surf foil on the swells downwind, it adds an element of safety knowing if you miss a swell, you have the power to catch the next one.
Because the SWING isn’t attached to the board and is very light, there is no additional weight. This means you can ride much smaller,
more compact boards, depending on your skill level. All the power transfers through you, to the board and hydrofoil going through your body, you are in total control.
If the beach is busy or has been banned kite-boarding, then you will have no problems using the SWING, there are no lines to lay out, meaning you can launch from tiny beaches and even boats with ease. All you need is a little power in the Swing and a few pumps, and you’ll be up and flying on the foil, experiencing a totally new feeling that is hard to beat. Everyone who tries it gets hooked, and it is easy to learn if you have a foil experience already.
F-ONE design team of Robert Graham, Micka Fernandez and Raphael Salles have invested their full focus into the development of this wing. Endless hours testing and tweaking prototypes have led to one of the most advanced designs on the market. The primary goal of the design team was balance, control and performances. It is essential to have this balance to make learning easy as well as the man-oeuvres and also for the wing to be stable when foiling downwind on the swell. Power is nothing without control, and the unique shape of the profile allows you to engage power instantly but also release it 100% too.
Built using our lightweight, high-quality materials, including Teijin Dacron and Technoforce D2 canopy materials, the wings are robust and easy to handle on the beach. The SWING features a single point inflation system, with high-speed airflow, means you will be on the water in an instant. The large volume leading edge gives the perfect wing stiffness and also plenty of power; meaning you don’t need large sizes to get going.
The wind range on each size has been carefully thought out to ensure you get the most time on the water. We have designed different sizes in our range as not every rider weights the same, and some spots have more wind than others. Raphael and Micka have been out riding from 15 to over 40 knots with total control at all times. The low end is impressive, but the high end and the control of the SWING is incredible too.
There are four handles on the SWING to make hand placement simple, we spent time perfecting the positions in order to avoid imbalances. In addition, there are harness loop attachments points. When you improve, you can use a harness to help take power from the arms when you go upwind. Finally, there is a wrist leash attached to the front of the SWING for safety, this ensures you will always remain connected.
Here at F-ONE, we have designed an entire range of boards in our ROCKET WING range from 50 to 90 liters that have been built explicitly for this new sport. Smaller and more compact with different amounts of volume, there will be a size to suit you and offer the most comfortable ride.
Our 1800 Gravity is excellent for riders of average weight. It is excellent, to begin with as well as to improve.
For the experts, F-One PHANTOM range offers more performances
SizesEach wing surface covers a 15 knots wind range. It is unique and allows the riders to ride in a 30 knots wind range with only 2 wings.
Here are the quivers you could potentially have according to the conditions you are used to:
- 4,2 m > 6 m
- 3,5 m > 5 m
- 2,8 m > 4,2 m
|WIND RANGE (knts)||25 > 42||20 > 35||15 > 30||12 < 25|
|Recommended inflating pressure (PSI)||10||8||7||6|
|REACTOR VALVE |
Our fast inflation & deflation valve.
TECHNOFORCE™ of TEIJIN is a high density Polyester fabric with a tear stopping structure using thin and high tension yarn.
|TEIJIN 130G DACRON RIPSTOP |
F-One have built their kites for 20 years in the most state-of-the-art cloth from Teijin’s factory in Japan.
They have developed the best technologies and quality material for the kites over the years. Teijin has worked on a few major developments with the double Ripstop on the canopy cloth and durability treatments.
|The kite industry was lacking choice of cloth density. Kites could be build with a 52 gr per square meter for the canopy and about 160 gr for the leading edge, strut and reinforcements. Having only two choices was not easy because on some parts the 52 gr was too light and the 160 gr too heavy.|
After developments and tests with Teijin F-One can now use a new Dacron 130 gr double Ripstop on the 2020 kites.
|By using that new 130 gr cloth, F-One have saved weight while keeping an excellent strength. The new BANDIT 2020 is more reactive and of course feels lighter, which is particularly important for the bigger sizes, in the light wind or for the turning speed during kiteloops.|
|FLAT SEWING |
Stronger assembly of the panels: they are now glued and sewn together to make the canopy more rip resistant.
|KEVLAR® REINFORCEMENT ON LEADING EDGE |
Most seams on the leading edge are protected with an abrasion-resistant Kevlar® fabric to prevent the seams from deteriorating when the kite's profile is subjected to aggressive ground friction