The origin story of kiteboarding can vary depending on who you ask. Kiteboarding was used by the Chinese in 13th-century China for propulsion. George Pocock used kites to propel carts on land and boats on the sea in 1800s. He used a similar 4-line control system to today.
Kitesurfing, as we know today, was born in 1977. The sport was first patented by Gijsbertus Adrianus Panthuise, a Dutch man.
Kitesurfing was invented by two brothers from France’s Atlantic Coast, Dominique Legaignoux and Bruno Legaignoux in the late 1970s and 1980s. They invented the inflatable kite design in November 1984. Since then, other manufacturers have adopted it to make their own products.
The Legaignoux brothers and Neil Pryde collaborated to create a limited amount of kites in 1997. They then sold them under the Wipika label. These kites were pre-made with inflatable tubes and had a simple bridle that greatly improved their ability to relaunch from the water.
Lou Wainman, a kiteboarder from Hawaii, was first seen in Hawaii in 1998. He not only kept upwind, but also performed manoeuvres that would take years for the industry to fully grasp. Kitesurfing started as an extreme sport but has become a popular activity that is relatively safe.
This post was written by Aaron McClearnon, Owner of Elite Watersports. At Elite Watersports, We strive to provide exceptional service and genuine interactions with those interested in Kiteboarding Tarpon Springs. We hold dear our passion for being out on the water and maintain this as our foundation for all business practices.