Jan 14

Wing Boarding

WingBoarding, the next big thing in adventure sports?

Aaron Wypyszynski has always dreamed of jumping from an aircraft and carving through the sky. After attaining his PhD in aeronautical engineering, Wypyszynski decided it was time for his dreams to take flight.

Thirty-one-year-old Wypyszynski, who is both founder and lead engineer of Wyp Aviation, has designed an aerodynamic board that shares similarities with both wakeboards and snowboards.

By distributing your weight, the “WingBoard” is able to control the board, which is connected by tow cables and pulled through the air by an aircraft.

“The WingBoard is like a wakeboard, but instead of slicing through waves behind a boat, you’re being towed by a plane, carving through clouds,” explains Wypyszynski in a promotional video for his product, below. He also says many integral safety features have been included in the design process of the board.

With automatic releases that detach the rider from the WingBoard, and, of course, parachutes on both, the rider will be able to execute a safe landing.

Though his WingBoard Kickstarter campaign fell short of its goal back in 2014, Wypyszynski has continued his efforts in hopes of one day building a full-scale WingBoard model. That goal is projected to cost $275,000.

If he succeeds in his endeavors, he’ll be the first person to successfully design a way to fly behind an airplane, not to mention performing some pretty impressive-looking barrels in midair.

The Wingboard attaches to the back of an aircraft, allowing the rider to windsurf through the air. Photo: Courtesy of Hackaday

“There has been no way to truly fly behind an aircraft. You can strap on a snowboard to your feet and go surfing, but really what you are doing is falling,” says Wypyszynski. “WingBoard is the only opportunity where you can stand with the wind in your face and control yourself in the sky.”

For adrenaline junkies, as well as for the adventure-sports community, WingBoarding could truly be the next adventure sport and something we should expect to see more of in the future.

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