Have you ever wondered about the history of sailing? Sailing dates back thousands, if not tens of thousands of years. We may never know how sailing was developed, but kiteboarding is a different story.
Kiteboarding can be traced back through the ages to the first times people used a kite as a means of propulsion. Sailors had experimented with ways of attaching kites to ships but there was always a fundamental problem, what happens when your kite hits the water? As a young lad I often sat back visualizing methods of relaunching a kite that hit the water. It seems I wasn't alone...
In the past 20 years people started to develop kites with effective water relaunch capabilities. Success was finally achieved with... drum role please... inflatable technology. The term coined was "Leading Edge Inflatable" or LEI. This meant that a kite could be relaunched even when it crashed into the water.
At Mystic Point Water Sports we have seen the future of inflatables evolve to deliver exciting new ways to exploit the wind and water for both fun and productivity. Kiteboarding is a form of sailing that not only allows one to traverse the water, but it lets people fly -- if only for a moment. This is why we say the future is inflatable.
Since kiteboarding is so recent we have been able to bare witness to the evolution of this sport. "UPWIND" is a great movie about this evolution. But this is just the beginning...