With kiteboarding being a fairly new sport, many are wondering how did it begin?
Years before anyone had thought of the idea of kiteboarding, kites had been used to move goods from place to place, whether it be on land or sea. This is possibly how the Legaignoux brothers, Dominique and Bruno came up with the idea to invent an inflatable kite in 1985. Similarly, in the USA Cory Roeseler was working on inventing the KiteSki, the combination of a kite and a board. This became available to the public in 1994.
It only took a couple of years for kiteboarding to catch on, in 1998 the first Kiteboarding World Championship took place in Hawaii. It was here where kiteboarding became recognized as a real sport.
Less than 20 years since this event, kiteboarding has quickly evolved. With newer technology improving both the kites and the boards, more and more people seem to be getting hooked on the sport. It’s crazy to believe that less than 20 years ago, there were barely 30 people across the world participating in this sport and now there are over 2 million.