History of Kitesurfing

How old is kitesurfing and where exactly did it start? Here you can learn about how kitesurfing came about in a short history from Chris Miles of Brighton Kitesurfing School on the south coast of the UK.

Kitesurfing has rocketed in popularity over the last 13 years and is now a booming, dynamic sport which once learnt and some basic equipment bought, can be enjoyed at no expense and whenever there is wind. You will begin to experience the varied sea conditions -from waves to glass flat surfaces and learn how to take advantage of the different possibilities they offer.

Amazingly Kites were first used to carry load and as a means of transport in 1826 by George Pocock from Bath, who experimented with kites to power land buggies. He would also experiment by lifting members of his own family with kites, dangerously high in the air.

In 1903 Samuel Cody crossed the English Channel in a small canvas boat powered by a kite. Much later in the 1970’s , with improved equipment and control ability, Ian Day’s “FlexiFoil” kite-powered catamaran reached 40 km/h.

The landmark that you may be looking for is here as Gijsbertus Adrianus Panhuise from Holland registered the first patent for what we now know as KiteSurfing in October 1977. In the 70‘s and 80‘s two brothers -Bruno Legaignoux and Dominique Legaignoux, from France, developed kites for Kitesurfing and patented an inflatable kite design in November 1984.

Various developments since then such as the twin-tip board and ever-changing kite designs have evolved into what we now call Kitesurfing. And you can learn more about that in Chris’s kitesurf blog or why not find out about our kitesurfing lessons and our school in Brighton.