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    O noua tehnica de-a explora marile si oceanele

    Evolution of the SUBWING, told by the inventor, Simon Sivertsen

    It all started in the beginning of the summer of 2011, back then I was 18 years old. My brother, father and I were going to attempt a circumnavigation around the globe. We had bought a sailboat in Turkey and started our journey from there.

    When sailing through the Greek islands, I was astounded by the clarity of the water, it almost felt like flying when diving, just missing the speed and thrill. The first ideas of an underwater wing, towed behind a boat, started emerging deep in the right hemisphere of my brain.

    A piece of driftwood was perfectly suited for a first simple test of the concept. A waterski rope was attached to the plank and pulled by our small RIB. The idea worked and I was able to control the up/downward moment without too much effort. But it was far from perfect and felt somewhat static, like a 2D videogame, it was missing a third dimension.

    After sailing for some weeks we arrived in Italy, and a new idea had evolved on paper. A simple, but clever solution which involved two separate fins (or wings which we like call it) connected together with a twistable joint. We went to the local supermarket and hardware store and bought two chopping boards, some gardening hose connector links and some fiberglass. After a lot of mess and with limited access to proper tools, the very first SUBWING was created at sea.

    After discovering the incredible dynamic handling one could achieve underwater with this contraption, it was no doubt this was a great idea which possibly could evolve into a whole new watersport if made available for the public.

    The dream of navigating the globe was set on hold and we sailed home to Norway.

    Since then, many prototypes have been developed, and a lot of testing has been done. Not even the cold winter of Norway could stop us from jumping in the sea to perform essential testing. Even if it meant we had to wrap our head with duct tape, to prevent icy water entering the wetsuit.

    Now as the product is launched, we will dedicate our work to further develop the SUBWING and inventing new innovations.

    If you have any suggestions, criticism, or just want to learn more about the SUBWING. Do not hesitate contacting us on mail, Twitter or Facebook.

    SUBWING- Matte version

    SUBWING is designed for underwater sports activity.
    SUBWING gives you the opportunity to explore the sea in a way never done before, choose your own pace and glide directly above the ocean sand floor, do thrilling twists and turns, or simply cruise along at the surface

    You can easily control the movement of the SUBWING by tilting the wings in different directions.
    By doing this you can easily achieve dives (up and down), sideways movements or spins.

    The Subwing is attached to a boat with a recommended rope length of about 15 meter.
    The speed of the boat is about 2 knots. By using a longer rope, it is easier to achieve deeper dives.

    The only equipment needed is a diving mask. If desired, snorkel and fins can be used, but this is not necessary for a thrilling ride.
    If you want to equalize the pressure in your ears, the rear triangle rubber grip is designed for controlling the SUBWING by one hand. Note that reasonable amount experience with the SUBWING is needed before attempting to use the triangle grip.

    SUBWING is produced of high quality materials.
    To achieve the right stiffness in combination with a light weight and durable structure, it is constructed of carbon fiber using advanced and innovative production methods. SUBWING is made of 6K Twill Carbon fiber in combination with epoxy glue.

    The Center swivel is made of a combination of rubber and stainless steel.
    The ropes that is attached to SUBWING is made of Dyneema fibers, which is considered as the world’s strongest fiber used in ropes.
    The ropes are permanently glued into the stainless steel fastenings in the wings.

    Subwing consists of the following parts:
    - Two carbon fiber wings with rubber pads for perfect grip.
    - One detachable center swivel.
    - One attached rear rubber triangle.
    - Ropes attached to the wings. (You still need a rope to the boat)

    Graphics on the SUBWING is as shown in the picture.

    NEVER use any type of compressed air when diving with the SUBWING.
    Always read the manual before use.
    The wings are handmade and there may be slight cosmetic differences for each wing.

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  • #2
    Sa fie sportul extrem subacvatic? cand ma gandesc cate accidente o sa fie, asa , trasi pe sub apa si nesemnalizati ; o simpla intersectare a cablului de tractiune de alta barca, agatarea cu elice a cablului si hop : Buba!
    Si totusi sunt convins ca se vor gasi prozeliti.


    • #3
      Mie mi se pare foarte periculoasa treaba asta plus ca nu cred ca un om cu un antrenament decent se poate tine de "wingul" ala mai mult de 20-30mins


      • #4
        cred ca 20-30 secunde


        • #5
          Merge ca iti pui butelia in spate... dar te omoara mainile :P


          • #6
            Este prea periculos cu butelia, deoarece poţi coborâ sau urca extrem, dar extrem de repede şi să faci diverse (embolie, spargere de timpane). Mai ales că eşti de obicei în ultimii 10 metri, unde diferenţele de volum sunt maxime. Bănuiesc că viteza este mult mai mare decât la un scuter subacvatic.

            Însă ceva asemănător folosea cpt. Scarlat pentru "scanarea" fundului mării, un scafandru folosea o scândură din asta şi era tractat de şalupa de scufundări. Am citit pe un blog momentul emoţionant când au trecut la laringofon, astfel încât scafandrul nu mai era nevoit să iasă la suprafaţă.


            • #7
              cu siguranta e mult mai mare ca doar esti tras de o barca... oricum am avut experienta asemanatoare cu un wing care plutea si va pot spune cu siguranta ca dupa 10 minute de stat agatat cu mainile de el nu mai esti bun de nimic... si in apa mai apare riscul de a te lovi de stanci si asta la 10-15-20km/h poate fi foarte dureros


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