The Origins of Kitesurfing

This sport is majorly a derivative of windsurfing. Kitesurfing is also referred to as kite sailing; it keeps on continually growing in modern times, primary due to improved safety features and technological advancement. In spite of its popularity lately, the basics of the game have been in existence for many years. The origin of kitesurfing can be traced to the thirteenth (13th) century in China. In this period, kites were employed in water transportation and were included in canoes for increasing the vessel’s stability and speed.  For nearly 500 years, the functional design was not modified.  But in the 1800s, George Pocock, an inventor from Britain, started carrying out experiments using pulling loads by applying the power of a kite. Starting with rocks, he steadily advanced to planks, followed by more substantial loads. George Pocock, in 1826, obtained a patent for the Charvolant buggy. The carts can be viewed as precursors to kite buggying of this day and age and utilized two kites on a line, which stretched more than 450m in length.

These buggies were able to travel at an average speed of roughly 20 miles in an hour. Then, there were accounts stating the Charvolantswent past a mail coach —which was the fastest system for passenger transport then. Later on, there were iterations done that led to the launch of a control bar with four lines for steering, merged with a T-bar for coordinating the direction of the carriage as well as unexpected braking. Samuel better-refined Kites’ utility. F. Cody, who produced kites that were capable of lifting people. These were called man-lifting kites. His idea got adopted by the military as another option for spotting of artillery, instead of using balloons, in the First World War era. Samuel Cody designed a working canvas boat that was able to achieve the feat of crossing the English Channel successfully in 1903.

In the 70s, the design of Kevlar, as well as, Spectra flying lines resulted in improved kilter control using augmented durability and efficiency, with the material less bulky and less likely to stretch. Gijsbertus A. Panhuise, in 1977, obtained a patent for kitesurfing that was explained as a water sport whereby a player is pulled by a kite or parachute-like gadget on a light board. Inflatable kites, by the mid-80s, had already got to early phases of production, which was orchestrated by BruonLegaignoux and his brother Dominique Legaignoux.  Both of them later designed Wipika. A Boeing aerodynamicist, Bill Roesler, in collaboration with Cory Roesler, his son, got the patent for the KiteSkisystem. This contained water skis that were powered by a kite, which had two lines and came in delta style. The machine became commercialized in 1994 and was designed with a fundamental capability for water launch. Cory Roesler used the gadget for the first time in 1993 in Maui. He is widely considered as the father of modern kitesurfing.

Kitesurfing has an amazing background and such an fascinating history! Not only is it a hobby but a very skilled sport!