Wingboarding is to wakeboarding, what skydiving is to scuba diving… sort of! Briefly speaking, wingboarding is the new – still under construction – extreme sport in which the athlete is being towed, not by a boat but, by an airplane! Wingboarding – Coming soon to the skies near you!
Aaron “Wyp” Wypyszynski is a flight test engineer in Huntsville, Alabama, who also happens to spend most of his non-working time designing wingboards. Wyp Aviation is his start up aviation company and his dream come true.
A few words about Wyp:
Born and raised northwest of the “Windy City” Chicago, Wyp showed his fascination with aircraft from an early age. Started flying full-scale airplanes at 13 and had his first solo flight at the age of 16, when most teenagers are eating hamburgers and going out dates with their first flirts. Growing too tall didn’t allow him to follow a career in flying jets for the air force, but nothing would stop him for being away from airplanes. He got an MS in Aeronautical Engineering and a Masters in Aero Engineering.
Wyp is currently beating the laws of physics and gravity, surfing with his prototype wingboards behind airplanes up on the skies. His inspiration was Kit Cloudkicker of Disney’s afternoon show Talespin and to Wyp it’s quite incredible “why someone shouldn’t have done this already”, as he said to Outside Magazine.
Though wingboarding sounds pretty dangerous, Wyp is designing his wingboards to be no more risky than skydiving. The talented math wizard is designing everything with a purpose. From proper landing gear for rolling takeoffs, to automated tow and releases minimizing entanglement to wingboard and rider parachutes! Wyp is really leaving nothing to chance!
Wingboarding is still far from being released for the public, but Wyp managed to launch and land a successful flight last month, being towed by a small aircraft.
Don’t miss the enjoyable video below. Enjoy!